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Home schooling steadily grows


KASSON, Minn. (KTTC)--  With incidents like Columbine and the recent Sandy Hook massacre it's no surprise that many parents have taken on the role of teacher.

In the past four years alone there has been a 54 percent spike in the number of children who have registered to be home-schooled.

It's at an all time high and the types of families that are now choosing to home school span the demographic spectrum of backgrounds, income levels and education.

The difference between the Goetz children and much of our mainstream population, "So this is our school closet..." Danae Goetz shows us around and continues her routine as the kids get dive into their schooling... in the comfort of their own home.

A typical weekday in the Goetz home starts at about 8:30, that's when Danae takes on the role of teacher for her four kids. She has to stay very organized because the two youngest are in elementary, she has one in middle school and a freshman in High School.

Home-schooled students represent an estimated 3 percent of our population and growing.
Danae started co-heading a home-school coop five years ago, "When I started attending the coop we probably had 60 or 70 kids and maybe 30 families and so now we are up to 111 kids and 49 families."

Though Danae has a background in teaching, parents are not required to be "certified" or even have a college degree to home school., "You teach them how to walk, you teach them how to talk and feed themselves and then why all the sudden do you have to send them off to someone else. That's what got me."

Danae chose to make the transition from public schools to home schools for many reasons, but
the top three reasons for this growing trend according to the most recent National Center for Education Statistics data is: a concern about school environment

"We could see a lot of behavior issues that were being brought home."

A desire to provide religious or moral instruction and dissatisfaction with the academics at the public school.

"We had one that was above and beyond what they were doing in the classroom and was just kind of being held back."

Danae says home schooling adds flexibility, protection and more quality time with the family. Plus the kids still get to socialize through sports, music and church activities in the community.

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