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|Homeschooling Movement is Sweeping the Nation |
The Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics reported homeschooling has risen by 36 percent in just the last five years.
"There's no reason to believe it would not keep going up," NCES statistician Gail Mulligan told USA Today.
A 2007 survey asked parents why they choose to homeschool and allowed them to provide several reasons. The following are the most popular responses:
-- Concern about the school environment, including reasons such as safety, drugs or negative peer pressure - 88 percent
-- A desire to provide religious or moral instruction - 83 percent
-- A dissatisfaction with academic instruction at other schools - 73 percent
-- Nontraditional approach to children's education - or "unschoolers" who consider typical curriculums and standardized testing as counterproductive to quality education - 65 percent
-- Other reasons, such as family time, finances, travel and distance - 32 percent
-- Child has special needs (other than physical or mental health problems) that schools cannot or will not meet - 21 percent
THE CALL TO DUNKIRK
Exodus Mandate Challenges Churches and Ministries to Confront Education Catastrophe "The Call to Dunkirk" Urges Churches and Ministries to Help Parents Rescue Children from the Corrupt and Decaying Government Education System
Because of the comprehensive and accelerating failure of the government school system, Exodus Mandate has launched "The Call to Dunkirk", a new initiative calling upon churches and ministries to reorder their priorities so that they can assist parents in rescuing their children from the public schools.
A key stumbling block preventing some Christian leaders from openly calling for the long overdue exodus of Christian families from government education has been the mistaken belief that traditional Christian schools and homeschooling are the only alternatives to government schools.
Homeschooling numbers climb 36% since 2003
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--A new report by the U.S. Department of Education finds that the number of homeschooled children in America has risen steadily over the past five years and stood at about 1.5 million in 2007.
Homeschooling experts, though, place the number closer to 2 million and say the discrepancy can be attributed to homeschooling parents being less inclined to respond to government surveys.
The report from the National Center for Education Statistics, a division of the federal government's education department, said in December the number of homeschooled children was up 74 percent from 1999 to 2007 and 36 percent since 2003.