Homeschooling refers to the practice of educating children at home rather than sending them to a public or private school. While children have always obtained at least some of their education at home, since the 1960s a growing number of US parents have chosen to forego sending their children to formal school systems to teach them at home. According to a 2019 report released by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), nearly 1.7 million US students (3.3 percent) ages five through seventeen were homeschooled in 2016. This percentage represents only a small part of the population but marks an increase of about 60 percent since 2003. Obtaining reliable national data on homeschooling can be challenging, however, as each state...Read more
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