The Homeschooling Movement Of The United States

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Many influential individuals in the United States history have experienced the practice of homeschooling. President Abraham Lincoln and Benjamin Franklin, for example, were able to become successful people without the aid of school. This was due to the inexistent law of mandatory attendance to school. Children and teenagers did not need to attend school outside of their home until the start of the twentieth century. After this switch, it was the schools responsibility to educate. Although, in 1960 parents and other concerned adults all over America started to observe that the children were not properly developing as people with the inefficient education the schools provided. Thus, sparking the homeschooling movement that resolved in the legalization of homeschooling in all fifty states in 1993 (Okun). As a result of the legalization, many Americans pulled their children out of public or private school and diverted to the practice of homeschooling. By 2010 over two million children were being homeschooled, with an eight percent growth every preceding year (Ray). These changes caused Americans and other people around the world to realize the potential of homeschooling as a resourceful alternative to formal schooling. It has been recognized for its ability to enhance academic performances and keep the social growth of children preserved while being safe on a family’s budget. Homeschooling, also referred to as home education, provides academic, social, and economic freedom to…
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