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Home education and self-directed learning is the fastest growing educational choice.
Research shows that homeschooling is growing at a consistent rate of 5% each year. Though estimates vary, there are at least 2 million children being homeschooled in the USA and realistically, there are probably more like 4 - 5 million.
Recent research by the National Home Education Research Institute indicates the following demographics:
The National Home Education Research Institute (NHERI, www.nheri.org), reports in a recent study:
"Data were collected in spring 2008 on the 11,729 participants in grades K to 12 from all 50 states, Guam, and Puerto Rico.
Summary of Major Findings in This Study
Demographics of the Families and Students
• The median income for home-educating families ($75,000 to $79,999) was similar to all married-couple families nationwide with one or more related children under age 18 (median income $74,049 in 2006 dollars; or roughly 78,490 in 2008 dollars).
• Homeschool parents have more formal education than parents in the general population; 66.3% of the fathers and 62.5% of the mothers had a college degree (i.e., bachelor’s degree) or a higher educational attainment. In 2007, 29.5% of all adult males nationwide ages 25 and over had finished college and 28.0% of females had done so.
• These homeschool families are notably larger – 68.1% have three or more children – than families nationwide.
• The percent of homeschool students in this study who are White/not-Hispanic (91.7%) is disproportionately high compared to public school students nationwide.
• Almost all homeschool students (97.9%) are in married couple families. Most home school mothers (81%) do not participate in the labor force; almost all home school fathers (97.6%) do work for pay.
• The median amount of money spent annually on educational materials is about $400 to $599 per home-educated student."