Do we homeschool only because the schools stink?
I read a post which got me thinking about the overall homeschool movement from a statistical point of view.
I’ve written before about a homeschool silent majority and that, despite the shrill tone of many websites, we’re mostly pragmatic people trying to do the best thing for our kids.Â I’m going to solicit ideas on this topic.
Most homeschoolers seem to start in schools andÂ decide toÂ homeschool as a second choice when the schools don’t workout. They homeschool not out of principle but as a pragmatic problem solving move.Â Â I’ve talked about them as accidental homeschoolers.
When i wrote on this, I cited the last in-depth report on homeschooling statistics that Iâ€™ve found, the National Center for Education Statistics Study of 2001.Â I organized their categories intoÂ principled vsÂ pragmaticÂ and found the pragmatic group totalsÂ 61% of those surveyed. (There were 9% who had â€œother reasonsâ€ and 30% who were homeschooling for religious reasons.)
Iâ€™m now really curious about these questions.
1. Did most homeschoolers start in schools and then switch?
2. Would they have stayed in school if the experience had been better?
What do you think?