October 1, 2001

Gallup Poll Shows Growing Acceptance of Home Schooling

As more and more parents decide to home school for a broad range of reasons, research reveals that it is successful and is gaining favor with the general populace as well. A recent Gallup Poll illustrates the growing public acceptance of this educational alternative. Commissioned by Phi Delta Kappa, the poll sampled 1,108 adults in May and June of this year on a variety of educational issues.

When asked if home schooling is good or bad for the nation, 41 percent of those surveyed saw home schooling as a good thing. This is the highest positive response since the question was first included on the survey in 1985. In that year, only 16 percent felt it was positive, compared to 73 percent calling it negative. In 2001, the negative number shrank to 54 percent.

Respondents were divided over whether home schooling raises the nation's academic standards (43 percent said "yes" and 50 percent said "no"), and whether home schooling promotes good citizenship (46 percent said "yes" and 49 percent said "no").

"Home School Legal Defense Association has been defending parents' constitutional right to home school for nearly 20 years," said Tom Washburne, director of HSLDA's National Center for Home Education. "Over that time, we've seen the modern home school movement grow exponentially and prove its effectiveness by turning out productive, contributing citizens with high academic achievement."

"As more and more home schoolers impact society through their jobs, community involvement and families, the American public is bound to gain appreciation for the many benefits of this educational alternative," Washburne added. "The modern home school movement has made great progress in public relations over the last 20 years."

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