Education Secretary’s Comments Rattle Homeschoolers

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U.S. Education Secretary John King created a flurry of frustration and fear among homeschool advocates recently with comments viewed as ignorant at best or, at worst, hostile toward alternative education. According to Christian Headlines, King said: “Students who are homeschooled are not getting kind of the rapid instructional experience they would get in school.” Homeschool advocates instead pointed out that students’ performance proves homeschooling’s success—homeschoolers perform better than average on standardized tests and in college. Homeschool Legal Defense Association chairman Michael Farris said he is personally reaching out to King’s office in hopes of swaying him in favor of homeschooling.

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