Since the 1980s, homeschooling has become a larger movement within U.S. educational society. While many parents opt for homeschooling for religious or ideological beliefs, others choose homeschooling as a way to meet the unique needs of their children. For parents who feel that traditional public schools have failed to provide appropriate levels of challenge for their gifted children, homeschooling has become a viable option. This entry describes homeschooling, its background, social and academic development, options for gifted learners, and the effectiveness of homeschooling.


Students are considered to be homeschooled by the U.S. government if they receive instruction at home for more than 25 hours a week and do not attend public, private, or parochial school. In addition, students who were schooled at home because of a ...

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