Thursday, January 08, 2009

"Home schooling grows"


Top reasons cited by parents (could pick more than one):

• Concerns about the school environment (including safety, drugs, peer pressure): 88%

• A desire to provide religious or moral instruction: 83%

• A dissatisfaction with instruction at other schools: 73%

• An interest in a non-traditional approach: 65%

Source: Top home-schooling reasons in 2007 Parent and Family Involvement in Education Survey
USA Today article, January 4, 2009
by Janice Lloyd

"The 2003 survey gave parents six reasons to pick as their motivation. (They could choose more than one.) The 2007 survey added a seventh: an interest in a "non-traditional approach," a reference to parents dubbed "unschoolers," who regard standard curriculum methods and standardized testing as counterproductive to a quality education."

The article has useful information, and the comments are good.

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