What is home schooling?

Home schooling (also called home education or home learning) is the education of children at home, typically by parents or professional tutors, rather than in a public or private school. Most parents cite family togetherness, more control over curriculum, and having a say over what their children learn as reasons to home school. Many of the families who home school also do so for religious reasons. Because each state makes its own laws for education and schooling, home schooling is defined differently in each state. According to different surveys, between 1.7 and 2 million children in grades kindergarten through 12 were home schooled in the United States during the 2002-2003 school year (the most recent data available).


Many parents teach their children at home rather than sending them to a public or private school because they feel they can give their kids a lot more attention and help them learn more.


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