There Might Not Be as Many Homeschoolers as Estimates Provide

a kid studying with a teacherThere are plenty of reasons a student should be homeschooled. Ultimately, it is a personal decision by either the parent or guardian.

According to homeschooling expert The American Academy, there are approximately 1.6 million homeschooled children between the ages of 5 and 17. This is only an approximation because only 11 states have posted the number of children in the state who are homeschooled.

For these states, about 2.7% of children between the ages of 5 and 17 are homeschooled. Researchers used the data from the 11 states to calculate an approximation for the other states. Experts expect that there would be a deviation from the actual number due to a number of reasons.

However, the number of homeschoolers reached 1.8 million in 2012. Some sources estimate that there are as many as 2 million.

Resources for Homeschoolers

Students who are tutored at home have a distinct disadvantage. Among other things, they do not have the daily classroom interaction with other children. The social nature of school is absent from homeschooling.

Another disadvantage, which stems from the lack of social interaction, is that most homeschoolers do not engage in physical education classes and extracurricular activities with other students. Additionally, homeschoolers might not be able to avail of other social activities such as field trips.

However, there are other resources available for homeschoolers and their parents. These include low-cost educational materials, whether homeschooled or not. Homeschooling is an important segment of the educational system.

It helps to address the needs of children who cannot go to school for whatever reason as well as those who voluntarily do not apply the K-12 system in their community. Homeschooling provides an opportunity to finish the necessary schooling for the students to continue on to college if they so wish. It is also an opportunity for kids to prepare themselves to become productive members of society.