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Welcome home schoolers into the fold

An editorial from roanoke.com…
Your July 6 editorial “Home schoolers as members of the club” came to a practical and well-thought-out conclusion. The idea that home-educated children should be allowed to participate in extracurricular activities offered by public schools has resonated with some home school families for years, although it is not certain that most home- education families will be interested in public school extracurriculars.
According to a 2003 survey by the National Center for Education Statistics (U.S. Department of Education), 85 percent of home schooled students were being home educated, in part, because of parents’ concerns about the environment at schools, including safety, drugs and “negative peer pressure.” This was a shift from the 1999 study by the same agency that found the majority of home school parents did so in the hope of providing a better education for their children. Read more…

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  1. Very interesting article and I am glad to see an editorial express these views.

    Several parents have encouraged me to get the girls into extra-curricular activities at the local public school. I won’t do it. They are involved in many activities that provide the added benefit of my not having to deal with the negativity at the school.

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