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Changing homeschooler demographics

    Homeschoolers typically come from one of two groups. They are either religious conservatives or minimalists who want to live off the grid. Studies have shown that upward of 80 percent of parents who homeschool their children do so for religious reasons.

    But homeschooler demographics are changing, according to a Newsweek article by Linda Pearlstein. “There are an estimated 300,000 homeschooled children in America’s cities, many of them children of secular, highly educated professionals who always figured they’d send their kids to school,” Pearlstein writes.

    Pearlstein’s findings are underscored by a 2007 US Department of Eduction study that found that a minority of parents homeschool for religious or moral reasons,reports USA Today. Only 36 percent of parents homeschool for religious reasons. Thirty-eight percent of parents home school because of concerns with the school environment or dissatisfaction with the school system.

    There has also been huge growth in homeschooling among minority groups. Native Americans in Virginia and North Carolina have founded homeschool organizations in an effort to escape assimilationist public schools and preserve their traditional values. Islamic homeschooling has grown rapidly post 9/11, according to a PBS news program. “The public school system is not accommodating to Muslims,” said Fatima Saleem, founder of the Palmetto Muslim Homeschool Resource Network, a website that helps Muslim home schoolers locate information on everything from buying books to choosing a curriculum to learning the laws of their individual states.

    by on Feb. 9, 2012 at 8:01 AM
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    by on Feb. 15, 2012 at 5:05 PM

    While we do believe homeschooling fits in with our religious beliefs... we homeschool because we want our children to be able to think for themselves and have a love for learning and enjoy their childhood.. We don't want our children to be stuck in a classroom all day... I get a little sad watching all the public schooled children walk our of their homes at 7am and not come home till 3:30-4pm... when they go back home to do MORE homework... in a way it seems to me like those kids are missing out on their childhoods in the name of education.  My children are done by lunch time and are free to play and relax/read books..go outside..etc....they can be kids and just have fun. 

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