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Study: Home schooling becoming more popular

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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - The number of parents choosing to home-school their children is growing. According to a new study, home schooling has more than doubled across the state in the last 10 years.

The U.S. Department of Education believe nearly 2 million children are being home-schooled nationwide, a 74% jump since 1999.

"I was called to home-school, I think most people are," said Leah Greene, who has been home-schooling for almost a decade. "Just like a missionary is called to be a missionary or a doctor is called to be a doctor."

According to the Education Department, 36% of parents take their child out of school for religious reasons. Another 38% either don't like the school environment or the way the teacher is teaching.

For Greene, it's a little bit of both. She pulled her 14-year-old son Evan out of school at age 5 because she didn't like the curriculum. "It was just complicated at kindergarten for me," said Greene. "So then I thought there has to be a different way, so I brought him home."

The South Carolina Association of Independent Home Schools estimates 19,000 children are home-schooled statewide. That's a 131% increase from 1999. "Most studies show a tutorial approach to education is the best approach, and that's what you have with home-schooling," said SCAIHS President Kathleen Carper.

Leah's children say they love home school, but they hate the negative stereotypes. "Some people say that home school kids are real restricted and not social at all," said Evan Greene. "That's not true at all."

Evan says he plays sports through an athletic club which allows him to stay active and make friends.

Elliott likes the comforts of home. "It's fun," said Elliott. "Your mom, she knows what you wanna do and what you like rather than teachers who have their own things."

Greene decides what her children learn and how they learn. She's not surprised more parents are doing the same. "I think maybe people are finding out home-schooling is a lot of fun," she said.

If you think home schooling is something you want to consider, there are three options the state allows parents to choose from.

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