Homeschooling

Beyond the classroom and the computer, learning can happen in our very own homes. Homeschooling, albeit not an overly popular choice of education for many families, is a very viable education option.

In fact, it is becoming more and more popular. A decade ago, it was considered an “alternative” method of education, when now many are calling it “mainstream.”

Homeschooling is also an international practice as well. Families from all across the globe homeschool their children in lieu of sending them to a traditional educational facility.

There are many resources available to help families traverse the world of homeschooling, whether you are just starting out or have been homeschooling children for years and years. Click the links on the left to learn about the many different homeschooling resources available.

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Children being homeschooled. Photo by Iowapolitics.com

Homeschooling Facts and Statistics

Homeschooling Stats

Statistics provided by the U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, as of 04/28/2013

There are many reasons to choose homeschooling. It allows parents to customize the curriculum and learning environment for each of their children, it enhances familial relationships, provides guided social interactions with peers and adults and provides a safer environment in terms of violence, drugs and alcohol.

According to the National Home Education Research Institute (NHERI), “there are about 2.2 million home-educated students in the United States. There were an estimated 1.73 to 2.35 million children (in grades K to 12) home educated during the spring of 2010 in the United States (Ray, 2011). It appears the homeschool population is continuing to grow (at an estimated 2 percent to 8 percent per annum over the past few years).”

Homeschooling can happen in many different types of homes as well. About 15 percent of families are non-white or hispanic, according to the NHERI. Homeschoolers are “atheists, Christians, and Mormons; conservatives, libertarians, and liberals; low-, middle-, and high-income families; black, Hispanic, and white; parents with Ph.D.s, GEDs, and no high-school diplomas.”