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One Million Homeschooled Students


by Kurt J. Bauman — February 16, 2005

Why hasn’t the announcement of more than a million home-schooled children in the United States created more interest and excitement? I suspect the reason is that none of us – not educators, not researchers, not the general public – know what to make of it. Our lack of knowledge and our lack of concern may be blinding us to one of the most important forces shaping education today, and it has come time to make sense of it. Homeschooling exists at the flashpoint of current educational policy. As it continues to grow, it will press against other trends and reshape them. How government and the educational community react to the homeschooling phenomenon will decide the future of American education. There is no other policy variable that comes close to its potential importance.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: February 16, 2005
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11756, Date Accessed: 10/19/2017 3:46:22 PM

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  • Kurt Bauman

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    KURT J. BAUMAN is a demographer and sociologist focusing on trends in educational attainment and measures of family well-being. His current research interests include measurement of high school dropout, GED recipiency, and home schooling.
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