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Education in Montana is not black and white


Gov. Martz' remarks to a convention of home-school families earlier this month have stimulated heated exchanges in the pages of state newspapers about the merits of home schooling and the costs of public education.

Unfortunately, most of that debate has been characterized by a lack of social and historical perspective, the use of statistics without their context, and a tendency to paint complicated, multi-hued issues in black and white.

The first thing that needs to be said is that many, many families who teach their children at home (and probably all of those attending the home-school conv...

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