Some very substantive progress has been made for families in the journey toward the expansion of homeschooling in the United States.
Very recently, The Christian Post published an article online, which offered a report on some interesting data released by the U.S. Department of Education (DoED). Based on this federal agency’s November 2016 report, homeschooling in America is gaining momentum on all social fronts.
“Experts are noting that as the homeschooling movement continues to rapidly grow, it is becoming more diverse ethnically, politically, and even religiously,” wrote Michael Gryboski, a reporter for The Christian Post.
Gryboski’s article provided access to all of the homeschooling data, which was released by the U.S. Department of Education. Numbers always provide some insight into the truth. They also validate your claims as a theologian, social scientist, or political scientist.
Empirical evidence about the validity of homeschooling certainly exists in this new government report.
“The percentage of students ages 5–17 with a grade equivalent of kindergarten through grade 12 who are homeschooled — the homeschooling rate — has increased over time. The homeschooling rate increased from 1.7 percent in 1999 to 3.4 percent in 2012,” wrote the authors of the DoED report.
Homeschooling began in America as a movement largely participated in by white, affluent suburbanites. Today, the socioeconomic and ethnic makeup of homeschooling families in America consists of a much more heterogeneous mixture of people with strikingly different personal stories.
There is also an independent business element to the continued success of the homeschooling movement. Mary Pride, an author and the publisher of Practical Homeschooling Magazine conducted an interview with The Christian Post where she talked about the spirit of ingenuity among successful homeschooling parents.