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Why homeschool your children

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Homeschooling is one of the fastest growing and least understood educational and cultural movements in the country today. Over one-and-a-half million elementary and secondary students, 3 percent of the age group, have exited the public schools to be educated at home. In full disclosure, while both of us are former public school teachers, we need to acknowledge that all of our 10 grandchildren are being (or scheduled to be) homeschooled.

Parents who for any number of reasons have decided to homeschool their children get used to odd reactions and questions when the fact becomes known. Individual motives vary, but there are at least three prominent reasons parents choose to homeschool. One reason parents school at home is actually reflected in the most frequently asked question. "Aren't you concerned about depriving little Maude and Jasper of that foundational American experience, a public school education? Are you concerned that when they grow up they won't fit in? They will have missed so much and be seen as 'outsiders?'"

Actually, yes. Many parents hope to avoid total immersion into that toxic environment that pushes children into a world of too early sexuality, clothes consciousness, and the debased world of popular television. They are sheltering their children from the vulgar, media-driven culture which is all too often the Lingua Franca of the public schools.

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