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3% US Kids Homeschooled

Thanks to Docuticker for pointing out this report:

1.5 Million Homeschooled Students in the United States in 2007
Source: National Center for Education Statistics

According to the report, these 1.5 million students translate into about 3% of US school aged children. I say about 3% because the numbers are based on an estimate from a survey.

The survey also took information about why parents were homeschooling their children:

In the 2003 and 2007 NHES, parents were asked whether particular reasons for homeschooling their children applied to them. The three reasons selected by parents of more than two-thirds of students were concern about the school environment, to provide religious or moral instruction, and dissatisfaction with the academic instruction available at other schools (figure 2). From 2003 to 2007, the percentage of students whose parents reported homeschooling to provide religious or moral instruction increased from 72 percent to 83 percent.

In the 2007 NHES, parents also were asked which one of their selected reasons for homeschooling was the most important.

The reason reported by the highest percentage of homeschoolers’ parents as being most important was to provide religious or moral instruction (36 percent). For an additional 21 percent, the most important reason was concern about the school environment, and for 17 percent it was dissatisfaction with the academic instruction available at other schools. The remaining homeschoolers had parents who reported another reason as being most important (child has a physical or mental health problem, 2 percent; child has other special needs, 4 percent; interest in a nontraditional approach to education, 7 percent; other reasons such as family time, finances, travel, and distance, 14 percent).

I’m hoping that at least some homeschooling parents are reading this entry because I wanted to point out some resources you may find helpful for your kids.

First, your state might have some kind of digital library available for you and your children. The Library of Congress has a listing at http://www.loc.gov/rr/program/bib/statememory/.

Second, if you’re looking for civics and government resources, you might be interested in the Government Printing Office’s Ben’s Guide to Government for Kids at http://bensguide.gpo.gov/. You might also check out Gov Doc Kids at http://wikis.ala.org/godort/index.php/Gov_Doc_Kids.

Finally, your local library or state might have a subscription to Live Homework Help which gives your kids access to trained tutors in a number of subjects up through the freshman year in college. See http://www.tutor.com/ for a demo. This site also sells personal subscriptions, but please check out your local library first.

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