Merely twenty years ago, home schooling was practically unheard of. It was farfetched and on the border of being labeled “outer limits”. At that time, no more than 50,000 children were educated outside of school. The reason for home schooling then was mostly “that parents wanted to protect their children from what they considered the stifling conformity of the system” (Anderson). As time progressed, the reason for home schooling changed. In the early eighties, many Christian fundamentalists became dissatisfied with public schools. This resulted with an increase in the children being home schooled. However, even today there are many other reasons why families home school their children. Christian families still have their reason of disapproval with the public school system. In addition, though, there are various religious groups as well as non-religious groups home schooling their children now (Anderson).
As of 1996, there were 1.23 million American children being home schooled. This number is greater than the combined public school students in Alaska, Delaware, Hawaii, Montana, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont, and Wyoming.
This number also exceeds the total enrolled public school students in the state of New Jersey. New Jersey has the nation’s tenth largest public school population... [continues]
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