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Letter: The benefits of a home schooled education

Editor, Gazette-Journal:

Last year, the number of kids being home schooled in Gloucester County increased by 20 percent. That’s no surprise considering the confusion over gender dysphoria and other edicts at government schools. It won’t be surprising if the numbers of families choosing alternative education don’t increase even more this coming school year. 

Many parents might worry that they aren’t capable of guiding their children in a life of learning. To that I say “be not afraid.” There are lots of proven programs for home school families, and organizations such as Home Educators Association of Virginia——are eager to help.

According to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ American Time Use Survey from 2003-2014, full-time public high school students averaged 4.32 hours per day on all education-related activities, including 3.42 hours in class and 0.80 hours of research and homework. That’s half a ...

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