Learning outside the lines: Home schooling in Kansas

More Kansas parents are choosing to home school, convinced they can provide their children a better education than public or private schools. Whether motivated by religion, scheduling flexibility or an aversion to bureaucracy, these families say home education thrives in a state where few regulations govern what and how they teach.


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Behind the story

Journal-World reporters Terry Rombeck and Mindie Paget talk about their series “Learning outside the lines.”

More Kansas parents are choosing to home school, convinced they can provide their children a better education than public or private schools. Whether motivated by religion, scheduling flexibility or an aversion to bureaucracy, these families say home education thrives in a state where few regulations govern what and how they teach.

Faces of home schooling

According to national statistics, home schooling is a fast-growing trend in American education. Locally, home school parents believe their choice is the best for their children.

More parents opt for home schooling
May 13, 2007
Experts debate research findings
Some data shows home-schoolers score higher than students in public education settings
May 13, 2007
Three couples share reasons for opting out of public, private schools
May 13, 2007

Playing with others

Home school parents say concerns over socialization are blown out of proportion. But some public school advocates and a psychologist say there are benefits to being in a traditional school setting.

Home-schoolers say socialization not a problem
May 13, 2007
Locals helped change state activities policy
May 13, 2007

Rules to teach by

States vary widely for how much they regulate home-schoolers. Kansas is one of the more permissive states in the nation when it comes to home education, and some leaders say there should be more oversight.

Kansas home school laws open to interpretation
May 13, 2007
National group pleased with Kansas home school laws
May 13, 2007

Home pages, home rooms

The rise of the Web and virtual education has made home schooling easier to do. Local co-ops can help parents wade through the abundance of resources.

Virtual school, Internet offer resources to parents
May 13, 2007

Home school alumni

Former home school students say there are benefits and challenges when it comes to making the transition to college and the workforce.

Former home-schoolers transition to college, work
May 13, 2007
Colleges look to recruit home-schoolers
May 13, 2007
Guinea pig movies made home-schooler famous
May 13, 2007