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Home School Detractors State Their Case

Missing out on social experiences, and concerns over the diversity of the education receives, are reasons investors disapprove of homeschooling.

| BY Kent McDill

The concept of home schooling produces widely divergent reactions, and people who do not like the idea are fairly specific about what they don’t like.

The United States Department of Education estimates that approximately 3 percent of school-age children were homeschooled in the 2011-12 school year. Homeschooling is the practice of keeping kids at home and giving them an education rather than sending them to a public or private school

A Spectrem’s Millionaire Corner study of affluent investors showed that 56 percent disapprove of the concept of homeschooling. Fifty-nine percent of women disapproved and 60 percent of unmarried investors were not in favor of homeschooling.

In general, the wealthier the investor, the less they approved of homeschooling. Also, 61 percent of investors under the age of 40 did not approve of keeping children home for educational purposes.

Among those that disapproved, 78 percent cited the social effects of homeschooling, saying that staying home does not allow a child to experience the proper amount of social interaction with other children the same age.

Fifty-four percent of investors who disapprove of homeschooling said the education children receive is not diverse enough, while 49 percent complain that parental biases towards academic subjects get passed on; a child’s education becomes dependent on the attitudes of the parent rather than from an approved school curriculum.

Sixty-eight percent said that part of a child’s education is learning how to deal with difficult situations school presents, either academically or socially, and homeschooling prevents that kind of learning.

There was wide disparity among political lines on the topic of homeschooling. Seventy-six percent of Democratic-leaning investors said they disapproved of homeschooling, while only 47 percent of Republicans disapproved. Among voters who identified themselves as independent, exactly 50 percent approved and 50 percent disapproved.

Democrats were most offended by the type of education a homeschooled child would receive, with 57 percent complaining about the lack of control over what a homeschooled child would learn.

 

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About the Author


Kent McDill

kmcdill@spectrem.com

Kent McDill is a staff writer for Millionaire Corner. McDill spent 30 years as a sports writer, working for United Press International and the Daily Herald of Arlington Heights, Ill. From 1988-1999, he covered the Chicago Bulls for the Daily Herald, traveling with them every day through the nine-month season. He also covered the Bulls for UPI from 1985-88, and currently covers the team for www.nba.com. He has written two books on the Bulls, including the new title “100 Things Bulls Fans Should Know And Do Before They Die’, published by Triumph Books. In August 2013, his new book “100 Things Bears Fans Should Know And Do Before They Die” gets published.

In 2008, he resigned from the Herald and became a freelance writer. The Herald hired him to write business features and speeches for the Daily Herald Business Conferences and Awards presentations.

McDill also writes a monthly parenting column for the Herald’s Suburban Parent magazine.

McDill is the father of four children, and an active fan of soccer, Jimmy  Buffett and all things Disney.