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Wallace Community College Science Show

By: Deborah Tuff
By: Deborah Tuff

According to a report by USA Today, the number of home-schooled children raises 10-percent every year.

Programs in the Wiregrass are providing assistance for students taught at home.

“I think it was very good, it was very interesting," says 10th grader Barron Taylor.

"I think it was neat how they pulled the plate out and it didn't fall," says 8-year-old Moriah Widuns.

Eight-year-old Moriah and 10th grader Barron describe their favorite experiment during Wallace Community College's chemistry and physics demonstration.

But the two aren't part of your regular everyday class, they're home schooled and joined more than 70 other students like them for the presentation.

"The show enlightens students as far as active involvement. They can see what's going on and participate in it," says WCC's Chemistry Instructor and Director of Natural Sciences.

According to USA Today, nationwide more than two million children are now home schooled.

Those same numbers also show those taught at home, have better scores than those in a public school system.

However, critics of the teaching style argue that home schooled students are less likely to have social skills and quality academia, even though staunch supporters of home schooling disagree.

In fact, parents answered why they choose home education over an institutional setting.

"I chose to simply because of the opportunities that it has afforded us, with this program today and others to take our time to build upon a great foundation," says parent Lillie Taylor.

"He needs rounded curriculum. We can teach him our faith in God and use the curriculum that we would like him to learn," says parent Penny Baumgardner.

The program through the community college has been in existence for some time. However, it’s the first time Wallace offered the demonstration for home schooled students.

Some countries have strict guidelines for home schooling. Germany has outlawed the practice completely.


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