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    Filed at 3:39 am under by dcobranchi

    Where does this number come from? I’ve seen HSLDA quote it several times.

    Parents choose to educate their children at home because of academics, to shield children from the travails of the schoolyard and for other reasons, but foremost among those is a desire to shape children’s values and moral and religious education, said Chris Klicka, keynote speaker at the Home Educators conference. Klicka, of Virginia Beach, Va., is senior counsel of the Home School Legal Defense Association and a home-schooling dad to seven. He said more than 80 percent of home-school families do so for religious reasons.

    I’m sure that is inaccurate. I’d just like to know the source. Any ideas?

    7 Responses to “BOGUS STAT?”

    Comment by
    Chris O'Donnell
    April 16th, 2004
    at 8:30 am

    maybe it’s a misquote and should be 80% of HSLDA members…which unfortunately a lot of the press thinks is the same thing as 80% of HS’ers.

    Comment by
    Eric Holcombe
    April 16th, 2004
    at 8:55 am

    I was going to say the same thing – and it may be true for HSLDA members. However, HSLDA does not ask you any questions of this sort in their application process. I’m a member, but they don’t know my reasons for homeschooling. They do know which CRS my child is registered with because of the group discount code. They would know it is a Christian-based school with a faith statement, but would have to assume my reasoning.

    Comment by
    April 16th, 2004
    at 9:59 am

    I don’t think I know any local homeschoolers who are doing it for religious reasons. Then, the only support group I belong to is a secular group so maybe I don’t meet all of them around here.

    Comment by
    April 16th, 2004
    at 10:07 am

    Well, someone could ask Chris! He’s a pretty nice guy….

    Comment by
    Daryl Cobranchi
    April 16th, 2004
    at 10:16 am

    It’s from the 2003 study of homeschool grads: nheri....pid=27

    HSLDA (via The WashTimes) cites it here: hslda....30.asp

    Now it makes sense. The Ray study was not exactly scientific, in that the participants were volunteers. They were also recruited heavily on the HSLDA website.

    Comment by
    Tim Haas
    April 16th, 2004
    at 12:10 pm

    Religious reasons came in at 38.4 percent in a U.S. DoE study in 1999:




    Comment by
    April 16th, 2004
    at 5:43 pm

    Daryl, glad I read the comments because I was going to mention that myself (that the statistics are a bit skewed). I initially chose to home educate because of a combination of reasons. So, I can’t take part in your survey as there simply is no one reason.