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You've probably seen the story about a large home-schooled Alabama family where each goes to college around the age of 12. If not, give it a read. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2311690/The-family-sending-hom... I find the concept tantalizing as I was a person who found school extremely boring. As a child of the pre-Internet era, I was left with crawling the shelves of the local library in my small home town. My personal passion was physics and you can imagine that my selection was limited. Kids these days have it a lot easier with the Internet, but after school learning only goes so far. I had a few friends who skipped grades and was a bit jealous of them. However, the one that skipped the most grades had the most issues with integrating with the other students. Now that I have a child of my own, the dilemma of how to balance advancement and social/emotional integration is regularly on my mind. How do we support personalizing education, allowing advancement, and keeping things interesting while also keeping students with a common level of social/emotional development together?