Home Schooling Has Doubled Since 1999, New Report Shows

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Nearly two million U.S. children were home-schooled in 2012 year, making it more than double the number of children home-schooled in 1999. Federal government agencies on data gathering gave a report on how national home-schooling trends represent 3.4 percent of home-schooled children in the the U.S., typically between the ages of 5 and 17.

The increase in home-schooling was fastest between years 1999 -2007. However, by the end of 2007 it until 2012, according to the estimates from the National Center for Education Statistics.

An estimated 4 in 10 home-schoolers had parents who graduated from college, the study shows. Researchers conducted the home-schooling study via telephone from 1999 to 2007, gaining a nationally representative sample of students. It’s particularly difficult to tell whether parents’ reasons for home-schooling have changed. Some may suggest over religious reasons or beliefs, others may guess its because don’t believe in the education system. Or even the mistrust of sending their children to schools due to fears of lacking security.

This may be the likelier of the options, since home-schooling parents reported their most important reason was concern about the environment at other schools, such as safety, drugs and peer pressure. This trend rose from 21 percent in 2007 to 25 percent in 2012.

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