NPR’s Tell Me More with Michel Martin included a couple of homeschooling pieces yesterday. Four interviews were offered, including Joshua Powell. The 21-year-old Georgetown University student gained the most time explaining his perplexing issues with homeschooling.
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But first, we want to hear the experience of a student, or formally homeschooled student. One young man in Virginia. That state allows families to opt out of public school for religious reasons without requiring any information about the level of education being delivered at home. Josh Powell’s parents applied for a religious exemption for him and his eleven siblings. They were taught at home by their mother. But Josh came to believe his education was falling short. He eventually took remedial classes on his own. He’s now a student at Georgetown University and his story was featured recently in an article in the Washington Post and he’s with us now. Welcome. Thank you so much for joining us.
JOSH POWELL: Thank you so much for having me.