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Homeschooling refers to the education of a school-aged child mainly by parents in an educational environment other than a public school system or a private institutional school. The practice of home-based education is millennia old, but it experienced a renaissance beginning in the late 20th century. For about 20 years after it reemerged in the 1980s, observers associated homeschooling with either left-leaning counter-culturists or right-tending conservative Christians. Some assume that children who are home-schooled will have inadequate instruction in math, or that gifted children who are home-schooled will be socially hindered. Some German government officials are worried that home-schooling will cause parallel societies to exist and create social disunity. However, the home-educating community is diverse in many ways. Homeschool research and observation of this population ...

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