As the school bell tolls across Canada every September, 60,000 to 80,000 children in this country do not join their peers but receive their education outside of the classroom. Teaching and learning at home has always been legal in this country, yet the practice continues to be regarded by some with curiosity and even skepticism. Occasionally concerns are voiced about a child’s socialization and the parents’ ability to provide a comprehensive, balanced education. At Home School Legal Defence Association and the Canadian Centre for Home Education, we have also wondered: As we move into a new century, who is it that chooses home education and why? Are the students getting a “good” education? How might we know? Are they happy with their lives? Do we have any idea of how they fare later on in “the real world”?
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