Back in the day — like, really back — homeschooling was the thing. Then along came the one-room school house and, eventually, PS22 and all the others like it, and homeschooling was no longer the thing. But a funny thing happened on the way to the millennium — homeschooling made a comeback.

In the 1990s, the practice was, once again, legal in all of the United States. These days, homeschooling is spreading like wildfire. It has tripled in the last 15 years, and with good reason. Not only does it churn out top-tier students, it also produces community-minded citizens. The main driver, however, are parents that want to provide religious instruction along with academics.

Regardless of the reason for the renewed popularity in homeschooling, the results speak for themselves. More than 75 percent of homeschooled kids say they are happy about it and were not limited in their career choices because of it. Those same kids are 30 percent more likely to have read a book in the past six months and to understand government and politics; they are 25 percent more likely to attend college; and, the whopper, they are 34 percent more likely to get involved in community service.


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Kelly McCartney


Kelly McCartney |

Having won prestigious literary competitions in both grade school and junior high, I attended college with a Scripps Howard Foundation scholarship, earned a BA in Journalism, and interned at Entertainment

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