Who's homeschooling

Homeschooling has nearly doubled in a decade, concludes a new federal report. Educated, middle-class whites are more likely to choose homeschooling, notes USA Today.

As of spring 2007, an estimated 1.5 million, or 2.9% of all school-age children in the USA, were home-schooled, up from 1.7% in 1999.

The new figures come from the U.S. Department of Education, which found that 36% of parents said their most important reason for home schooling was to provide “religious or moral instruction”; 21% cited concerns about school environment. Only 17% cited “dissatisfaction with academic instruction.”

Ten years ago, there was little gender difference in homeschooled children. Now girls make up 58 percent of the homeschooled population.

Some 60 percent of homeschooling families earn more than $50,000; 10 years ago, most earned less.

• 3.9% of white families home-school, up from 2% in 1999.

• 6.8% of college-educated parents home-school, up from 4.9% in 1999.

Update: Voddie Baucham says the article is misleading because it doesn’t account for inflation since 1999 or a 2008 study that found homeschooling families are increasingly diverse and more likely to be low-income thanpublic-school families.

Henry Cate of Why Homeschool is quoted in the article.  He’s also hosting the Carnival of Homeschooling this week — and celebrating the adoption of Baby Bop, who entered the Cate family as a foster child. Congratulations!

Submit here for tomorrow’s Carnival of Education.

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  1. You do know there is little difference between statistics and lies, right?

    For instance, the average income number is misleading because it’s not adjusted for inflation.

    Dr. Voddie Baucham did a marvelous analysis of the USA Today piece HERE.

  2. Thank you for the help in promoting the carnival!

  3. Easy there Charley, I think you’re reacting more to the scats commonly-thrown at homeschoolers then to the USA Today piece which was hardly critical or unfair to homeschoolers.

    If people up the income scale are starting to embrace homeschooling then that’s a cause for celebration. It means dissatisfaction with the public education system is ascending the income ladder and the homeschooling movement is becoming more broadly based.

  4. Agreed Allen. Stats can say whatever you want them to say, if you have the data and know how to manipulate it. Also, the article was in no way critical, on income or racial issues. You’re awfully defensive if you read it as criticism.

    It’s almost certain that the $50,000 was in 2007 (when the study was done) dollars. So the nominal dollar amount in 1999 was around $40,500. I can’t imagine a government research project not using inflation-adjusted dollars.

    I found an abstract of the original research, but it didn’t even mention income. The raw data is in a database form. So no help there. I’ll post at Dr. Baucham’s site as well, maybe he has more information than the USA Today article.