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A Mammoth Client: Home Schooling

It has just turned 8 o'clock in the morning. David's mother is waking him up to start another beautiful day. She prepares him a fresh meal to eat as a breakfast, and then the school begins. Nevertheless, the only difference is that there are no books to put in a bag, no buses waiting outside the house, no bells, and no other 40 or 50 children sitting with him in one crowded room directed by one helpless, graying, and weak teacher. His mother, instead, will stick to his child's hand and take him out in the shining day to their farm, which is 3 minutes from home. There, David learns about cows, horses, sheep, and many other farm animals. His mother teaches him the benefits of those farm animals, what do they eat, why do they have such colors, and other important information to David.

Afterwards, she takes him with other children, residing near them, to the zoo where David and his friends know more about other different types of pets, wild and jungle animals. There, David socializes with his other peers who have similar values and school situations. He learns to function in a group, to interact with other children, not limited to other seven-year-olds. His mother shares tips, problems, and get ideas.

This is an imaginary anecdote that exemplifies some of the exciting features home schooling provides. Home schooling is gaining popularity around the globe. In the United States, for example, home schooling was made legal in 1993. And over the past decade, the number of home schooled children has greatly mounted up reaching a fever pitch in the United States with an estimated 1.5 million home-educated children, according to the National Home Education Research Institute (NHERI) (Kantrowitz and Wingert). That means...