Exploding the myths of home schooling

Minnesota children are back in school. For most, this means riding the school bus, eating in the lunch room and waiting for the bell to ring at the end of the day.

But for more than 16,000 Minnesota children, ‘going to school’ means staying at home. Their teachers are their moms and dads. Their desks are kitchen or dining room tables. Their classmates are their brothers and sisters.

In the past five years, home schooling in Minnesota has increased 20 percent: from 13,459 in the 1998-1999 school year, to 16,322 in the 2002-2003 school year. And that’s not counting any children younger than age 7 or older than age 16. Read more…

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