Homeschooling Increasing Among Kentucky Parents

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(The Heartland Institute) Homeschooling is an increasingly popular option for Kentucky parents who want to improve their children’s education, according to a report presented to the Kentucky General Assembly’s Education Assessment and Accountability Review Subcommittee.

More than 26,500 families, or about 3.6 percent of all Kentucky families, homeschool their children, according to testimony presented by Kentucky Office of Education Accountability Analyst Deborah Nelson in September. Nationwide, about 3.3 percent of all school-age children are homeschooled.

Milton Gaither, a professor of education at Messiah College, a private college in Pennsylvania, says homeschooling parents cite several reasons they choose home education for their children.

“I can say that advocates will argue that homeschooling allows for more flexibility in curriculum, family scheduling, child interests, etc.,” Gaither said. “They will note that it strengthens family bonds and facilitates transfer of religious and/or moral convictions from one generation to the next. They will say that it spares children the trauma of bullying, coarse peer culture, hyper-regimented curriculum and standardized testing, burned-out teachers, and overcrowded and underfunded schools.”

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