The number of children in the US being homeschooled has doubled since 1999, with almost two million kids now getting their education from home. The US Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) released the numbers in a recent report, which also found a great deal of diversity in the homeschooling community.
Contrary to some stereotypes, homeschoolers come from all walks of life, with over a third coming from Hispanic, African-American and Asian backgrounds. Indeed homeschooling families come from every demographic, not to mention social and political backgrounds. In other words it’s a community that is extremely diverse.
Homeschooling is growing in other countries, for example Israel, but the US remains the epicenter of this style of education. A key aspect of homeschooling is seeking assistance and cooperation outside the home. Tutor Doctor, for example, has always been very active in providing in-home tutoring for homeschooled students. At the same time, homeschooling teachers routinely join other parents for support and combining of resources, ranging from field trips, science demonstrations, and a variety of extracurriculars up to and including drama.
There are still hurdles to overcome, of course. Culturally, homeschooling still struggles to attain full respect and recognition. Homeschoolers still sometimes run afoul of rules and regulations, for example in the area of athletics. But at the same time, as the field continues to grow these problems are likely to fade away. Already a homeschooled man in Niagara Falls, Ontario made history by winning election to the provincial legislature at the tender age of nineteen.
In short, homeschooling is growing by leaps and bounds, and its future is bright!