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Home Schooling

Cooperation Between Public And Home Schools

Although the National Parent Teacher Association and the National Education Association oppose home schooling, there are numerous examples of cooperation between public and home schools today. In 1991, for example, Iowa passed legislation giving home-schooled students dual enrollment and granting them the opportunity to take part in academic and instructional programs in the school district, participate in extracurricular activities, and use the services and assistance of the local educational agencies. Another example is Michigan, where school districts are required to open "nonessential elective courses" to home-schooled students.

Because of this increasing nationwide cooperation, greater freedom to home school in all states, and Home schooling has become an increasingly popular way of educating children for a number of reasons, including—but not limited to—religious beliefs, a poor local public education system, and the belief that parents themselves can provide their son or daughter with a good education. (Laura Dwight/Corbis) strong academic results, home schooling is becoming an increasingly popular option for parents who are either dissatisfied with public education or desire to teach their children what they consider important. Further, home school families have created their own home schooling organizations and co-ops, and curricular companies have been formed that exclusively cater to their needs. In connection with this support and greater public acceptance of home schooling as a viable educational alternative, it is expected that the popularity of home schooling will continue to increase well into the twenty-first century.


Mayberry, Maralee, J. Gary Knowles, Brian Ray, and Stacey Marlow. Home Schooling: Parents as Educators. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press, 1995.

Rudner, Lawrence. "Scholastic Achievement and Demographic Characteristics of Home School Students in 1998." Education Policy Analysis Archives [web site]. Available from http://epaa.asu.edu/epaa/v7n8/; INTERNET.

Russo, Charles, and William Gordon. "Home Schooling: The In-House Alternative."School Business Affairs (December 1996):16-20.

Jason D. Rehfeldt

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Social Issues ReferenceChild Development Reference - Vol 4Home Schooling - Origins And Development, Reasons For Home Schooling, How, When, And How Much, Academic And Social Outcomes