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An Ohio Homeschooler Explains

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Friday, July 15, 2011 at 11:05 AM

The latest issue of the Ohio Homeschool Companion (a publication of the Christian Home Educators of Ohio's) includes an interview with Mitchell Krumm, who was homeschooled from fourth grade through high school. Krumm grew up in Granville, Ohio, about 30 miles northwest of Columbus, where his parents were both public educators. (His father is the band teacher at Granville Middle and High School.)

Krumm explains what he enjoyed most about being homeschooled:

"After having difficulties socially in school, being homeschooled was a relief to me as a child. As I grew I came to appreciate the freedom I had in working at my own pace, choosing some of my curriculum, being able to participate in many activities and being able to work at the Village Coffee Company. I also enjoyed the friendships I developed with other godly people from my homeschool group...Most importantly I am grateful for the time and depth of relationship I developed with my family."

Ohio's homeschooling regulations include requirements that parents notify the superintendent of their school district about their intent to homeschool, provide information about their curriculum and submit annual assessment information. One homeschooling parent writes:

"It is very easy to homeschool here. I personally feel that there is a really nice balance of "freedom" and "accountability." We are considered a "moderate" state as far as homeschooling goes because yes, notification and minimal reporting is required."

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