Have you ever wondered about homeschool statistics? How many folks actually homeschool their children? The government ponders this very question. In fact, their statistics say 1.7 million kids are currently being homeschooled as of 2007–that’s a 36% increase over their reporting period of 2003. You know that number is much higher for various reasons. One reason is that four years have passed since they last reported. Another reason is that not all kids who are actually homeschooled are counted as homeschoolers due to various laws regarding who is truly considered homeschooled, and some folks flatly don’t trust the government so they choose not to participate in surveys concerning homeschooling. I can’t say that I blame them.
The trend of “homschooling families” comes about for many different reasons. According to the latest surveys, most families say they homeschool for religious or moral reasons. The next biggest reason for homeschooling is because families don’t feel their children are safe at school. The third most common reason folks choose homeschooling is because they are dissatisfied with the curriculum choices or academic instruction in the schools. Trailing close behind the dissatisfied parents are folks who cite reasons of family issues, finances, travel distances, or because they are on the road quite a bit. Bringing up the rear are those who believe their child will benefit from a nontraditional style of learning that is simply not offered by the public or private school, or because their child has health issues or special needs that are not being met.
Is it really important that the government knows how many kids are homeschooled? Maybe, maybe not. It really depends on who you talk to. I believe the government should realize (and I think they do) the trend of homeschooling is growing by leaps and bounds and will continue rapidly growing in the next several years. I believe the government should understand and respect the rights of parents who choose to homeschool, and also allow them tax breaks since they help fund the local school system via taxes.
Here is the government site for homeschool stats.