Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The Importance of Homeschooling on Public Education

 "We have just begun to see the emergence of homeschooling 
as an important national phenomenon. 
Unless the needs of parents are met in different ways, 
it is likely that homeschooling will have a large impact 
on the school as an institution in coming decades."  
- Kurt J. Bauman -

Kurt J. Bauman's paper entitled Homeschooling in the United States: Trends and Characterics written in August 2001 for the US Census Bureau takes an in-depth look at homeschooling.  In conclusion, he says homeschooling is the most important and least mentioned choice in the educational system today

Why?

Because:

1.  There are more students who homeschool than attend charter schools.

2.  There are more who homeschool than those in the voucher school programs. 

3. The number of homeschoolers is growing everyday as the reputation of homeschoolers improves and as the dissatisfaction with public schooling escalates..  According to the National Center for Education Statistics in December 2008, 1.5 Million children were educated at home in 2007 in the USA - an increase from 1.1 Million in 1997. In South Carolina alone, according to the most recent data collected by State Education Agencies, between 1990 and 1998, the number of homeschooled children increased seven-times. 

4.  The successes of homeschooling "forces numerous adjustments to current curricular practices". 

9 years after Mr. Bauman's paper, homeschooling has become a viable option for parents who want quality education for their children.  Numbers of homeschooled children have steadily increased since 2001.  And yet, it is still the least mentioned choice in the education system today.

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