Homeschooling is an educational method in which parents and other caregivers educate their children in the privacy of their homes and this article will focus on the homeschooling statistics in the US 2021. The statistics show that 9.7% of white families are homeschooled, while the number is higher for Hispanic families, Asian families, and Black families. The reasons why families choose this method vary, but many families want to provide more individualized learning options for their children.
Homeschooling has tripled since the start of the pandemic
Since the start of the pandemic, homeschooling has increased by leaps and bounds. According to the Census Bureau, three times more families are homeschooling their children now than at the beginning of the pandemic. Homeschooling is a way for families to provide real-life lessons to their children. This is different from the virtual classes offered in public schools. The pandemic has also resulted in a rise in private school enrollment. However, many families will return to public school after the COVID-19 virus is eliminated.
It is disproportionately white
The CDC’s recent study of homeschooling shows that the country’s homeschooling population is mostly White. However, in the US, the percentage of Black, Hispanic, and Asian American families homeschooling has increased as well. Compared to the previous year, the percentage of White households homeschooling increased by 9.6 factors.
It is more likely than other families to live below the poverty level
A study from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) shows that homeschooling families are more likely than other families of the same size to live below the poverty level. The findings are based on data collected as part of the National Household Education Surveys Program, which is conducted every four years. The survey measures education for children from kindergarten through 12th grade.
It is popular among minorities
The reasons why homeschooling is so popular among minorities in the US are not the same as those for whites. A federal report from 2019 shows that minority parents homeschool for a variety of reasons, including moral instruction. However, the report does not break down the reasons by race. For example, black parents may be more dissatisfied with school environments than their white counterparts.
It promotes religious fundamentalism
Some fundamentalist Christians say that homeschooling promotes religious fundamentalism. However, the majority of religious families opt for private schooling over homeschooling. These families often view homeschooling as an exit strategy.
It is more politically tolerant than public schooled
According to a recent study, homeschooling is more politically tolerant than public schools. The researchers studied 304 students from a private Christian university and asked them a series of questions about their political attitudes. The results showed that homeschooled students were more tolerant than their public schooled counterparts, and the more years spent homeschooling, the higher the tolerance.