Articles Archive for July 2011
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Homeschooling (also called “home education” in the UK or “home learning” elsewhere) is exploding in popularity in North America. Some factors include more “stay at home” families who work remotely, and have more flexibility with travelling while checking in via Internet. Others say this is a reaction to help children avoid the peer pressures of sex, drugs and alcohol which is more pervasive at a younger age in the public system. Whatever it is, academically and socially, it’s benefitting children who school at home.
Internationally, 9 to 10 years of compulsory education is required in most countries, starting from age 5 or 6. One notable exception is Germany, however, where homeschooling is illegal (and has been since 1930). This is somewhat ironic, since Germany is the …