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Saturday, October 6, 2007

Florida Matters “Homeschooling” (October 5, 2007)

Recently, homeschooler Jacinta Sousa, of FL Homeschoolers, and I, and our children, were invited to be part of a WUSF radio show on homeschooling. The program aired Friday night and will air again Sunday, Oct. 6, at 10AM. You can also hear the broadcast at the WUSF-Florida Matters website . LIFE of Tampa and many other resources are posted at the show's website.

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It wasn't too long ago when the idea of modern home schooling was considered to be the province of hippies and fringe groups — and perhaps a few small religious groups. Not any more. It is most definitely mainstream.

Legalized in Florida in 1985, the number of students whose home room might very well be their living room has increased by up to 2,000 a year. At last count, nearly 56,000 students were being home schooled in Florida.

So why home school a child? Does it give students an academic edge? Do they lose out on the social experience of the traditional classroom setting? We’ll meet some of those parents and students who are among this growing trend on this week’s Florida Matters. Listen now

Guests: Jacinta Sousa - whose 8-year-old daughter Audra has been home-schooled her whole life.

Terri Willingham - whose family home-schooled for 14 years. Her 14-year-old son Chris and 17-year-old daughter Andrea join us too

Cathy Russell - Home Education Specialist, Office of Independent Education and Parental Choice, Florida Department of Education

--> Join WUSF's Carson Cooper for Florida Matters Friday evening at 6:00 PM, and Sunday morning at 10 AM, on WUSF 89.7, your NPR Station.