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Evangelical Christians Recruit Home-Schooling Mentors

By Mary Ann Zehr — October 18, 2005 1 min read

The mentoring initiative’s Web site is www.homeschoolingfamilytofamily.org.

Visit the mentoring initiative’s Web site.

The effort, “Homeschooling Family to Family,” is being paid for by Exodus Mandate, an initiative founded by E. Ray Moore Jr., a Columbia, S.C.-based evangelical Christian ordained in the Plymouth Brethren Church. Mr. Moore declined to say how much money Exodus Mandate is spending on the effort.

Exodus Mandate urges Christian parents to remove their children from public schools and either home-school them or enroll them in Christian schools, according to Mr. Moore.

“People are coming to us,” he said, “and saying, ‘How do I get started?’ We feel it’s time to get on the offense and urge experienced home-school families to mentor their friends, family, neighbors, and fellow church members [on home schooling].”

Nearly 1.1 million children were being home-schooled in the United States in 2003, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.

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A version of this article appeared in the October 19, 2005 edition of Education Week

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