benefits of homeschooling: US military edition

Parents and students see benefits to home schooling - News - Stripes:
"According to Department of Education statistics, from 2007, the last year data on homeschoolers was collected, there were 1.5 million American homeschooled children, an increase from 850,000 in 1999, or a 74-percent relative increase over the eight-year period.

As tens-of-thousands of military children prepare for the start of school Monday, some of those students are staying home as well.

“We’re not totally divorced from the school system,” Toni Langlitz, the mother and teacher of five homeschooled children, said Tuesday at the Back-2-School Resource Fair at Sasebo Naval Base. “It’s the best of both worlds, and has been good for us as a family… There are a number of benefits as it pertains to military life.”"
Known for their schools, the DODEA also has a smart approach to supporting homeschoolers:
“We certainly support homeschoolers as an agency,” Hoff said. “They are able to participate in some of our classes.” 
Children can participate in DODEA sports, dances, standardized testing, special education, and even certain classes that a parent might not feel comfortable teaching.
This supportive, inclusive approach helps families customize their lives and that builds stronger families:
Langlitz said she teaches her children year round, which allows for more flexibility when it comes to taking family vacations and breaks when her husband returns from deployments. Other benefits, she said, include a shorter school day and more one-on-one instruction.
In a society that is far from having a majority of workers on a 9 to 5 schedule, especially lower wage workers,  we could use schools that allowed families to be really flexible. It would help families be stronger and that would really help kids.
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