Home-schooling offers academic, religious choices

A Barbary ape sat on Jonathan Sparrow-Hood’s head in Gibraltar on a field trip taken in the spring of 2002.

On a stop to Rome during that same cruise, Jonathan, 11, climbed to the top of St. Paul’s Basilica where only a “little fence” separated him from a gargantuan fall.

At home on Gulick Street in Hillsborough, he recently separated DNA strands from moistened peas with the aid of chemicals found in household laundry detergent.

These are the lessons of a home-schooler.

Throughout the country, there are families who decide, for a variety of reasons, that they are not going to use the public or private schools to educate their children; they are going to educate them at home instead. Christian parents form the largest percentage of home-schoolers nationwide, said Nancy Plent, director of the Unschoolers Network of New Jersey. Read more…

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