Education: The Rebels

Had they been in another profession, the actions of Mary Schoenheit, 47, of Centertown, Mo. , and William Cheney, 35, of Eldon, Mo., might not have caused much stir. But Mrs. Schoenheit was formerly a public-school teacher in Illinois, and Cheney now teaches at the Eldon high school. This fall they independently decided to keep their seven-year-old daughters out of school and teach them at home. Reason: both felt that the local public schools are not doing a good enough job.

According to Mary Schoenheit, "our public schools are antiquated institutions consuming our children's lives and our money and giving us in...

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