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A Full House of Students

Some parents are glad to send their children off to school each day, but Alex Gore is happy to keep her children at home – all nine of them.

In the past decade, Gore has home-schooled each one: Emerson, 19; Olivia, 18; Chevon, 17; Clarissa, 15; Thomas, 13; Russell, 12; Marriam, 9; Danielle, 9; and Khadijih, 6.

She is one of many parents choosing to take control of their children’s education by doing the teaching herself.

She and her husband, John, decided to do it because they thought it was the best way to prepare the children for adulthood, she says.

‘My kids are defined as ‘at risk’ in the public school system,’ Gore said, referring to their race and income level. ‘That’s not my definition. Why should I put my kids at risk?’ Read more…

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