Homeschooling Statistics Prove Homeschooling on the Rise

Homeschooling statistics prove that homeschooling is on the rise.  Since 2008, more than two million children were homeschooled. Many parents are turning to home school programs online, as well as community collaboration.  In 2008, more than 2 million children were homeschooled. A poll provided by the nation’s Home Education Study Institute (NHERI) demonstrates that since 2003 the amount of homeschooled students has more than doubled. The nation’s Household Education Studies, NHES, has documented more than 850,000 students were home-schooled in 2003.  Results from homeschooling statistics indicated that homeschooling is steadily growing at a rate of 15% annually.

Reasons

Several reasons why parents are choosing to homeschool their children continue to mount.  According to NCES (Nationwide Middle for Training Statistics) 80% of parents chose to homeschool their children due to dissatisfaction of the public college environment, while 83% preferred home-schooling to supply religious and moral coaching, while 73% of parents sited religious and moral issues. While religious studies could be gained outside of the home and is therefore not the most compelling reason to remove a child completely out of the mainstream of public education, these parents feel strongly that a solid religious foundation builds strong morals and character – a component that is lacking in public schools.  Peer pressure to indulge in alcohol and drugs is a huge consideration when it comes to moral conduct and behavior.  These substances, along with social pressure are a formula for the rise in teenage sexual promiscuity – as it is even with adults.

GPA Results

Some colleges search for homeschooled students, citing that homeschoolers tend to outperform many of their peers.  The child that is homeschooled tends to have about a 3.46 GPA, or a B average, while the majority of publically educated students fall roughly at 2.54, which is a C average. Homeschooling statistics consistently reveal that homeschooled college students rate 15-30% higher than their cohorts.

Parental Involvement

Most educators believe that early parental involvement with their children’s education is a significant factor in student performance.  This does not even mean on a scheduled or daily basis, or even necessarily on a consistently academic level.  A child will benefit through an adult’s wisdom and knowledge learns how to think more critically, and thus perform better on tests.  Although, most parents who homeschool their children have attained a higher level of education themselves, this is not always a determining factor.  Parents, who have over the years worked on bettering themselves, have a lot to offer their children as far as wisdom is concerned.  A parent who reads on a regular basis represents the kind of role model that a developing child needs to follow.  The advent of the iPod, online lectures, and books on tape has boosted the educational level of many adults.  If a parent regularly makes time for his or her child, chances are the child will draw from subjects discussed and incorporate it into their own knowledge base.  Parents who do not involved themselves on some level of ongoing education pass this lack of interest in education onto their youngsters.

Written by Brenne Meirowitz, BA, MA, MS

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