By Dr. Marciene Mattleman

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – About two million US kids are home schooled, growing annually by 7% to 15% in the past decade. Quinn Cummings, parent of a homeschooler and author of a book, The Year of Living Dangerously; Adventures in Homeschooling, offers firsthand experience in The Wall Street Journal on this increasing trend.

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While the term “homeschooler” once implied “an off the grid anarchist who makes her own yogurt,” today many homeschooled kids are from military families who move a lot, future Olympians who practice hours daily, gifted or those with disabilities.

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Regarding socialization, Cummings cites studies in which 67% of former home schoolers report being “very happy,” as opposed to 43% of the general population. College admission officers found home schoolers have better ACT scores, higher averages, and are more likely to graduate in 4 years.

Cummings, who couldn’t handle the math for her daughter, found an online course and she follows with other examples where bricks and mortar schooling is changing.

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