Most parents homeschool for educational reasons

THERE are many reasons why parents choose to keep their children at home for their education.

Christian Education Ministries’ Schools Department general manager Terry Harding has conducted research into reasons.

He surveyed home schooling parents and found:

26% of parents make the decision for “educational reasons”. “They like the individualised approach to home education and wanted greater flexibility, particularly for gifted and talented students,” Dr Harding said.
22% wanted to engage more with their child’s education. “They believed it was their responsibility (to educate) rather than the responsibility of other people.”
19% of parents said home schooling came down to religion, beliefs and values.
11% said it was about social development. This included issues in the playground, such as bullying. They also did not want their child to be forced to only socialise with children their own age.
8% said school did not meet the child’s needs, including health and those with disabilities. Or school was too far away or expensive.
7% said they wanted to see their child build a strong self-concept and have an ability to “be themselves”.
7% said the decision was made for environmental reasons. These parents wanted their children to learn in a positive environment that was not disruptive, noisy or too busy.

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