More Military Families Choosing to Homeschool

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An increasing number of military families are choosing to home school their children, according to the the Homeschool Legal Defense Association.

HLDA says five to 10 percent of military kids study at home.

"If there's a military installation, there's very likely home-schoolers there if you look," mother of three Nicole McGhee, 31, said.

Most military bases today are friendly toward homeschoolers, and many help sponsor home school cooperatives and events for students.

Andrew Roberts and Christina Cagle, both 16, say they are happy their parents made the decision to home-school them.

"There's not like a lot of peer pressure considering you're mostly with your siblings and it's kind of a relaxed environment," Cagle said.

Roberts said he thinks he gets a lot more done in a school day than his peers in a traditional school. He said he sees his friends plenty at Bible study groups and during other social events with other teenagers on base.
 
On average, military families move every three years according to the Associated Press. Some say that's another big factor in the increasing homeschooling presence in the military.

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