The statistics are amazing. According to the four-page NCES brief:
- An estimated 1.5 million children were being educated at home in the spring of 2007. That's up by .4 million from the previous 2003 survey.
- The increase from 1999 to 2003 was 2.2 percent, while the increase from 2003 to 2007 was 2.9 percent.
- The increase in the homeschooling rate (from 1.7 percent in 1999 to
2.2 percent in 2003 to 2.9 percent in 2007) represents a 74 percent relative increase over the 8-year period and a 36 percent relative increase since 2003.
- Home schooling for religious reasons (the #1 reason) increased from 72 percent in 2003 to 83 percent in 2008.
- When asked why they chose to home school their children, 36 percent of parents sited religious instruction as their main reason, while 21 percent sited school environment and 17 percent were dissatisfaction with the academic instruction (other smaller percentages included reasons such as children with physical or mental health problems, special needs, interest in nontraditional approaches to education, family time, finances, travel, and distance)
Take a look at it for yourself here: