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I generally think of homeschoolers as a fringe group in American education. I still sort of do. But in the past decade their numbers have more than doubled, from 850,000 to more than 1.5 million.A recent Miller-McCune article delved into the controversy surrounding homeschooling oversight-and how states can ensure that its kids are meeting appropriate academic benchmarks without trampling on the rights of parents to educate their own children. I generally think of tea partyers as a fringe group in American politics. I still sort of do. But last month, a NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll indicated that Americans have a positive view of the tea party movement. By way of comparison, 35 percent had a positive view of Democrats. David Brooks wrote today about Americans' loss of faith in their institutions and the rise of the tea party movement. The Obama administration is premised on the conviction that pragmatic federal leaders with professional expertise should have the power to implement programs to solve the country's problems. Many Americans do not have faith in that sort of centralized expertise or in the political class generally.Will tea partyers start homeschooling their kids to signify a break from the system?Photo via
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