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ENC1102 - Topic Guide - BC Online

About Homeschooling

 The Encyclopedia of Distributed Learning defines homeschool as “a form of education in which children learn at home rather than in a conventional classroom, with their parents as their primaryteachers.” According to a study conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) ...homeschooled children now represent about 2.9 percent of the school-age population.” (Opposing Viewpoints)

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1. How much does it cost to homeschool?
2. Do homeschoolers do better than their public-school peers on standardized tests?
3. How does homeschooling benefit the child? 
4. Why do parents decide to homeschool? 
5. Is it safer to homeschool? 
6. Do a lot of parents still homeschool because of religious reasons? 
7. Is it cheaper to homeschool than to send a child to public or private school? 
8. Do homeschoolers have to take standardized tests? 
9. Do homeschooled students have to take the SAT and the ACT? 
10. Do you recommend homeschooling?

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