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Virginia: Homeschoolers as members of the club

One editorial opinion.
Public schools should consider opening noncompetitive extracurriculars to home schooled students.
When families voluntarily pull children out of public schools to teach them at home, they give up many state-funded resources. Some Virginia school systems are finding ways to grant limited access to extracurricular activities, though, and others should investigate opening their doors in the same way.
Home schooling has been going through something of a renaissance in recent years. Once perceived as a tool for religious parents to keep their children away from secular education, it has become a much more common phenomenon among families of all stripes. Read more…

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Graduating with (mostly) strangers

RICHMOND–Learning at home gave Cody Merrill the flexibility to learn to play five instruments, devote himself to a youth ministry and finish school a year early.
But sometimes he wondered if the culmination of all of his hard work would be walking across his living room and getting a handwritten note from his mom, who had also been his teacher for the past five years. Read more…


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Homeschool has graduated

Before Anne Miller gave birth to the first of eventually eight children, she made an important decision with her husband.
“We knew we would home-school them,” she said in an interview. Their reasoning was based on observation.
“My parents home-schooled my brother in the Seventies, and my husband was a public school teacher,” she said. “We could see the results. We just knew it was what we wanted to do for our family.”
The couple’s children today range in age from 10 to 25, and the method is proving successful for the family of ten.
Anne, who lives in upper-York, is also president of the Home Educators Association of Virginia.
The three oldest boys are at NASA Langley pursuing careers in engineering. One is a full-time employee, another an intern and the last is in a co-op program. Her oldest daughter earned has her MBA. Not bad for home-schooled. Read more…


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Classes start at home

For the Broughton family, classes start at home.
The Broughtons, including father Brad, moved to Daleville from Virginia Beach seven years ago. Their journey into home schooling had begun before Peter was born, during a two-year period that they lived in the San Francisco Bay area.” Read more…