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The home school jackpot

For government schools, it’s not about children. Sadly, it’s all about money.

One day after jazz band practice, 14-year-old Peter Wilson’s band teacher pulled him aside for a chat.

The instructor wanted to know whether Wilson, who is home-schooled alongside his three brothers, liked being taught by his mother, and why he didn’t come to public school full-time, instead of just for music programs.

His teacher seemed uncomfortable, Wilson said, and the interview was brief. As soon as he got home, the teenager told his parents what had happened.

For Mark and Teckla Wilson, who are raising their four sons in Mark Wilson’s roomy childhood home in Myrtle Point, a former timber town not far from the Oregon coast, the teacher’s inquiry was an eyebrow-raiser.

“I thought I should find the motive, or the reason for it,” Mark Wilson said. “I thought it could come across as making my children feel the need to justify their home-schooling.” Read more…

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