Stephen Downes

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We don't really know how diverse homeschooling in the U.S. has become because as the article notes, "the recent Census data only tracked five racial groups, without exploring home-school participation by religion." The author tries very hard to convince readers that more Muslim and Indigenous families are practising homeschooling. But this is really a straw man. The main question I would pose of the statisticians is this: how many homeschoolers are in homes where both parents work? I venture to say it's very few. I would also ask about the relative cost per student (including unpaid parental labour) of homeschooling compared to public schooling. And, of course, I'm wondering whether students are adequately prepared to thrive in a modern and diverse information-age society.

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