School Choice & Charters Series

Home Schooling in America

Why Families Teach at Home

Nearly 2 million students are being home schooled in the United States, according to the U.S. Department of Education. For the families who choose to teach their children at home, their reasons for doing so are as diverse as they are. Incorporating religious studies into students’ education is often a factor, as is the desire for students to explore topics more deeply than schools tend to. Military families who home school often do it for stability because of their frequent moves. Some parents subscribe to the “unschooling” philosophy that puts their children at the center of deciding what, and how, they learn. In this Education Week video series, you’ll meet four families who’ve chosen to home school, how they do it, and why.

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