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“H” is for Home Schooling

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  “H” is for Home Schooling. Between the mid-1970s and the turn of the 21st century, the number of home-schooled children in the United States grew from approximately fifteen thousand to more than one million. The number of home-schooled students in South Carolina also increased rapidly during this time. The majority of home-schooled children in South Carolina are from white, middle-class, evangelical Protestant families, although African American and Hispanic families are choosing to home school in increasing numbers. In 1988 the General Assembly passed the first modern piece of home-schooling legislation, which required local school boards to approve home-schooling programs. In 1990 the South Carolina Association of Independent Home Schools [SCAIHS] was incorporated as a private approval organization for home-school families, negating the need for parents to gain approval of local school boards.

Dr. Walter Edgar has two programs on South Carolina Public Radio: Walter Edgar's Journal, and South Carolina from A to Z. Dr. Edgar received his B.A. degree from Davidson College in 1965 and his Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina in 1969. After two years in the army (including a tour of duty in Vietnam), he returned to USC as a post-doctoral fellow of the National Archives, assigned to the Papers of Henry Laurens.