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Students and parents broaden their horizons

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By Tom Hanlon

Home, sweet, home when associated with education, is what many kids these days know better than everyone else.
With the growing popularity of home schooling, more kids are taking part in this alternative form of education.
In fact, a recent study has shown that home schooling has more than doubled in the last 10 years.
The U.S. Department of Education said that nearly two million students are being home schooled nationwide, which is a 74 percent jump since 1999.
To add to the numbers, there are 9,000 registered home school families in New Mexico this year.
But why such a rise? A few of the main reasons are that the parents don’t like the public school environment or that their children are bullied.
Other parents home school for moral and religious reasons. According to the Department of Education, 36 percent of parents remove their children from the public school system because of religious reasons; 38 percent don’t like the way the teacher is teaching or they don’t like the school environment.
Others maintain that public schools are not meeting the needs of individual students.
There are some advantages to home schooling, which include learning at one’s own pace. When stuck on a subject, the student can take as much time as he or she needs to master a problem before moving on.


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