Sunday, April 30, 2006

Why Homeschool? 

More than 1 million children in the United States were being homeschooled in 2003, according to a newly released report by the National Center for Education Statistics. That's 2.2 percent of the nation's children in kindergarten through 12th grade, up from 1.7 percent in 1999.

Those most likely to be homeschooled: children in the South (2.6 percent), non-Hispanic white children (2.7 percent), children in families with three or more children (3.1 percent), and children in two-parent families with only one parent in the labor force (5.6 percent).  

Concern about the school environment—such as safety, drugs, and negative peer pressure—is the number one reason for homeschooling, according to 31 percent of parents. The number two reason, cited by 30 percent, is to provide religious or moral instruction.  

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