Jay Mathews -- The question: What other fast-growing education alternative also now enrolls more than two million students? This alternative seems just as important as charter schools, but education experts rarely discuss it and researchers pass it by.
Give up? It’s home-schooling.
Education policymakers and researchers have largely ignored the tremendous growth in home schooling, particularly among these sorts of “hybrid” home-schoolers willing to blur the pedagogical and legal lines of public and private education, said Joseph Murphy, an associate dean at Peabody College of Education at Vanderbilt University and the author of Home Schooling in America: Capturing and Assessing the Movement.