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    Filed at 7:58 am under by dcobranchi

    Well, I learned a couple of things here. First, home educators can’t follow a simple direction. 🙂 Most people picked more than one reason.

    In order to have all of the possibilities add up to 100%, I normalized everyone’s scores. If a person cited mulitple reasons with no expression of preference, I split the point evenly. In the case of an expressed preference, I gave that one double weight. Grad students may want to re-score this as they see fit; the data are available in the comments.

    Second, for this self-selected group, religion is the least likely reason to homeschool. That might say more about me than anything else. My regular readers tend to be secular homeschoolers and I only “advertised” this on HEM-Networking, not exactly a bastion of the Christian Right. 🙂

    Anyway, the results from the first 55 responses.

    Religion: 7.2%
    Better Education: 45.1%
    Safety: 11.4%
    Wanting to be around the kids more: 12.6%
    Other: 23.7%

    In the other category, reasons cited included: School didn’t work for child (many similar responses), financial, flexibility, special needs (health, etc.), political, individualized pacing.

    5 Responses to ““POLL” RESULTS”

    Comment by
    April 17th, 2004
    at 11:07 am

    Maybe religion/values was A factor for a larger percentage of folks, if not the primary factor.

    Comment by
    April 17th, 2004
    at 11:31 am

    Come on Daryl… you were asking homeschoolers to put themselves in a box by just only choosing one reason…. By the nature of the beast are you really surprised that there wasn’t a simple answer to a simple question? As for why we homeschool… all I can say is yep, your results sum it all up for us.:)

    Comment by
    April 17th, 2004
    at 12:31 pm

    Sometimes the answer really is 42. 😉

    Comment by
    Theresa Willingham
    April 17th, 2004
    at 2:30 pm

    For whatever it’s worth, as of 4/17, your poll just got a much wider audience via several other national groups, so I hope you’ll post again at a later date with your updated unscientific results!

    Comment by
    April 18th, 2004
    at 10:22 pm

    The way I read the results, 80% of homeschoolers are doing it for religous reasons 😉