When Joan Bridges started home schooling her children 25 years ago, first in Texas and then in Colorado, she just wanted to give her children a well-rounded education informed by the Catholic faith — an education she felt the local Catholic schools were not providing.
The home-schooling milieu allowed her to give her children an education, combined with a domestic liturgical life that included going to daily Mass or praying the Rosary every day.
Home schooling has entered the U.S. mainstream as an education option. According to the most recent data available from the National Center for Education Statistics, upward of 3% (1.8 million in 2012) of all school-age children are home educated. Those figures represent a doubling over the previous 10 years alone.