'Hybrid' Home Schools Gaining Traction
Education policymakers and researchers have largely ignored the tremendous growth in home schooling, particularly among "hybrid" home-schoolers willing to blur the pedagogical and legal lines of public and private education, said Joseph Murphy, an associate dean at Peabody College of Education at Vanderbilt University and the author of Home Schooling in America: Capturing and Assessing the Movement. The book, an analysis of research on the topic, is being published this month by Corwin of Thousand Oaks, Calif. "Historically home school was home school, and school was school," Mr. Murphy said. "Now ... it's this rich portfolio of options for kids."
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