Even though homeschooling is not a new concept, it was a relatively small movement until 30 years ago. By the late 1990's, there were over a million students being homeschooled in the United States and the numbers seem to be growing quickly. Homeschooling has become a viable alternative to traditional education. No longer a peripheral movement, it now reflects the diversity of American society. Even though homeschooling is receiving increased attention in the popular press, there is a paucity of research on the subject (Knowles, 1988). This study is the first of its kind and reports the results of a survey of parents who homeschool their children in Kentucky. In addition to trying to determine why parents in Kentucky choose to homeschool their children, this study sought to determine if there is anything the public schools can do to re-attract families who have made the decision to homeschool.
Occasional Research Paper, no. 5, February, 2002.