Homeschooling is legal in many countries. Countries with the most prevalent home education movements include Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Some countries have highly regulated home education programs as an extension of the compulsory school system
Approx. 2.5 million families homeschool in the United States alone
According to this news story in 2010 http://abclocal.go.com/wtvd/story?section=news/local&id=7588025, homes schooling in NC has increased/doubled over the last 10 years.
There were 43,316 home schools for the 2009-2010 school year compared to 16,623 for 1999-2000.
The state estimates about 81,500 children statewide were homeschooled 2009-2010.
According to http://www.ncdnpe.org/homeschool2.aspx
The number of registered calculated home schooling students is estimated: 79,693
Families in NC are not expected to register their household until the child reaches 7 years of age, so this number could actually be larger, as most families begin home schooling around 4-5 years of age or younger.
NC Register: 10 Reasons They Homeschool....
Why do people homeschool? Tim Drake over at the NC Register's blog gives us some clues. Here are some stats:
Delving into the Department of Education’s 2007 and 2003 reports on homeschooling, one can find interesting information. We’ve already reported the news that homeschooling has nearly doubled over the last 8 years, resulting in 1.5 million homeschooled students.
According to the 2007 report, here are the Top 10 Reasons Parents Homeschool:
1. Provide Religious or Moral Instruction
2. Concern about the Environment of other Schools
3. Dissatisfaction with the Academic Instruction Available Elsewhere
4. Child has a Physical or Mental Health Problem
5. Child has other Special Needs
6. Interest in nontraditional approach to education
7. More family time
8. Family finances
9. Ability to travel
10. Distance to school
One statistic is of note. Between 2003 to 2007, the percentage of students whose parents reported homeschooling to provide religious or moral instruction increased from 72 percent to 83 percent. In 2003, that reason came in second, behind Concern about the Environment in other Schools.
"Question: If Method 1 spends - on a national average - $10,000 per child annually, and Method 2 spends only $500-$3000 per child, but Method 2 delivers better academic results, which method is preferable?
Fact: The average government school spends $10,000 per child per year, but its students scored 1.4 points lower than the family sponsored homeschooled child on the ACT, according to results from 2009."
Imagine how many families wish they could afford even $500 to homeschool.. Let’s consider these facts..
FNS (Food & Nutrition ASSISTANCE Services)
State Total For September 2012 Is: State Total 706690 Families receiving Food Assistance
1,480,991 Students are enrolled in Public School, and 706,690 Families receive FNS
Then how many of those students can afford paying the cost of homeschooling?
How many would benefit or want to homeschool if there was funding or programs available?
Helpful Links & Resources
Home schooling with K12, is more cost effective for NC Education Funding vs the cost per child in Public School
Higher Testing Scores for Home schooled Kids
K12 Tuition Free Program makes Home schooling more available for families who can not afford a traditional curriculum or have the time to piece their own curriculum together.
K12.com Tuition Free Program gives all familes a choice and a right to access education at home
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