Throughout the past years, there has been a rapid growth of .
home-schooling vary from state to state.
home-schoolers can enjoy the freedom of education without any .
government regulation. Other states, however; may mandate annual .
testing, teacher certification, etc. (Home School Legal Defense .
Association). This is a major controversy that first showed .
up in 1997, when 13-year-old Rebecca Sealfon won the National .
Spelling Bee, showing the startled public that her unorthodox .
education must be doing something right. "Today, though home .
schooling accounts for only 3 or 4 percent of America's school .
children, the movement's fifteen percent annual growth rate has .
become a powerful, hard to ignore indictment of the nation's .
academically underachieving, morally irresolute, disorderly, and .
often scary public schools" (Kennedy 69). Side by side with .
public educators lackluster results, the richness of home .
schooling's achievements embodies a practical ideal of .
childhood and education. Home-schooling allows students to learn .
challenging subjects, it forms strong characteristics in the .
children, and it reinforces a nurturing family life. .
Home-schooling allows children to excel academically, focus on a .
specific subject of choice, and become social butterflies in a .
safe environment, all while reinforcing the family bond. .
First, we will look at the academic aspect of home-schooled .
children. Though existing data is incomplete, everything that is .
documented about home-schooled kids says that they are .
flourishing academically in every way possible. "This year, .
home-schooled kids swept the top three places on the National .
Spelling Bee, and Stanford accepted twenty-seven percent of its .
home-schooled applicants, nearly twice its average acceptance .
rate" (Lubienski 207). It comes as no surprise that the public .
school establishment wants to regulate home schooling out of .
existence because they are threatened.