. . . the number of children whose parents choose to educate them at home rather than a traditional academic setting is growing seven times faster than the number of children enrolling in grades K-12 every year. As homeschooling has become increasingly popular, common myths that have long been associated with the practice of homeschooling have been debunked.Just as amazing is the cost efficiency of homeschooling:
Recent studies laud homeschoolers’ academic success, noting their significantly higher ACT-Composite scores as high schoolers and higher grade point averages as college students. Yet surprisingly, the average expenditure for the education of a homeschooled child, per year, is $500 to $600, compared to an average expenditure of $10,000 per child, per year, for public school students.As is the case 99% of the time, local control with less bureaucracy and centralization produces a far better result than does centralized power - and you can't get any more "local" and less bureaucratic than parents teaching their own children.
The homeschooling movement is truly one of the most revolutionary, grassroots, successful, and innovative things taking place in American education today. I am so very privileged to be a part of it. Virginia is one of the friendliest homeschooling states when it comes to legalities. And all of this is being done without the elitist "experts" in academia - in fact, it is being done in spite of their desire to shut it down, or at least control it. More here.