Home-schooling one of the fastest-growing trends in education. According to a recent study by the U.S. Department of Education, the number of home schoolers has risen from 360, 000 in 1994 to 850, 000 in 1999.
Many experts put the figure closer to 2 million. In earlier years, most home-schooled children came from either ultrareligious or politically liberal families, but now all types of families are teaching at home.
Professor Pearl Kane of Columbia University's Teacher's College says home-schooling is teaching everyone a thing or two.
"The most important lesson we can learn from home-schooling is how important it is to involve parents in their own child's education, " Kane said.
Studies suggest the parents may be right about getting a better education. Students taught at home consistently score higher than the national average on the SAT and ACT standardized tests. And other studies have shown that home schoolers tend to do better in college, because they are more motivated and curious, and they feel more responsible for learning on their own.