Local families see success with home schooling children

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“Home schooling is not easy -- it's a challenge,” warns Spencer Mason.

Yet, he home-schooled his four children and is now watching them home-school his four grandchildren.

When he and his wife started it, in the early 1980s, the first question they usually got was about whether that was legal.

“But then we got the question, 'Well, aren't you afraid that you're not going to teach them something?'” says Mason.

Judging by the success home-schooled kids are having at the collegiate level, the answer would be no.

And there has been an explosion of home-schooled kids over the last generation for a variety of reasons, but for the Dickens family from High Point, it was about several things, including quality, particularly for their older son who had some learning challenges.

“I think he would've kind of fallen through the cracks,” say Tanya Dickens, the mother. “And we identified, very quickly, that we needed to work with him in a different way.”

Some of their friends who send their kids to traditional schools do wonder if there is enough socialization.

“We have proms, we pretty much do everything and my kids, or -- they're not sheltered, like people think they are,” says Tanya.

Home schooling their crew, they say, was one of the best decisions they’ve ever made.

“Once we saw the benefits of it, it never crossed our minds to ever turn back,” says James Dickens.

See why – and just how big the home schooling movement is – in this edition of the Buckley Report.

Related Links: North Carolinians for Home Education