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Homeschooling: A Threat to Democracy?

Home schooling is booming. Over the last few years more and more parents have been pulling their children out of public (government) schools and teaching them at home. And the vast majority of these families consist of conservative Christians.

This phenomenon is occurring in a number of counties throughout the world. For example, according to Dr. Brian Ray in his “Worldwide Guide to Home Schooling” (Broadman & Holman Publishers, 2002), Canada had somewhere between 50,000 and 95,000 students being home schooled during the 2000-2001 school year, Australia had 35,000 to 55,000 being home schooled, and in the following year, the USA had 1.6 to 2.0 million students being home schooled (pp. 7-8). These figures represent dramatic increases over the previous ten years.