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Blog Entry: Homeschoolers and Public Schools

by Gary Natriello - June 22, 2005

“We can practice music. But we can’t put together an orchestra.”  That is how one home schooling parent explains the interest in having home schooled students participate in some extracurricular activities and selected classes in the public schools.  An article in the NY Times reports on the growing interest among home schoolers in selective participation in parts of public education as well as the resistance to such participation by some school districts.  What I find particularly interesting about this phenomenon is how students and parents evaluate various aspects of public school offerings (e.g., athletic teams, AP courses) and how clear those evaluations become when students and parents are allowed to choose the parts of the public education system they deem worthwhile.

Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: June 22, 2005
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12059, Date Accessed: 5/25/2022 11:03:31 PM

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