Stats Show Definite Climb In Home Schooling
Posted by Bill Bumpas
OneNewsNow – 1/11/2011
A newly released study estimates that more than two million U.S. children were home schooled in 2010.
The National Home Education Research Institute (NHERI) used information from government and private sources to reach that estimation. Group president Brian Ray tells OneNewsNow that his report shows home education continues to grow, even though many people wonder if the popularity of home-based schooling is on the decline.
“One researcher estimated that back in the mid 1970s, there were only about 13,000 home-school children in America,” Ray reports. “By around 1990, it had gone up to 275,000. By about a decade ago, it was up around 1.2 million, and now we think it’s around two million. So that’s huge growth, no matter how you look at it.”
He adds that about 15 percent of the estimated two million are minorities.
“Many minorities believe that public schools do not do for their children what should be done, and that would be — one — give them some proud concept of their ethnic background, and — two — a few would even talk about continued racism in schools,” the NHERI president explains. “So that’s another reason that home schooling is growing, particularly amongst minorities.”
Ray concludes that the main reason parents home school their children is to ensure that their values, beliefs, and worldviews are instilled in their children.