Do people assume if you’re a homeschooler, you’re a Fundamentalist Christian?

Interesting question. I think the answer in many cases is yes. Though a large percentage of homeschoolers list religious reasons as the most important reason for homeschooling (according to differing studies anywhere from 34-75%), many homeschoolers are doing so for reasons that have nothing to do with organized religion.

According to the U.S. Department of Education National Center for Education Statistics, 36% of homeschoolers list “Religious Reasons” as the most important reason for homeschooling. That’s certainly a large block, but what about the other 64%? These homeschoolers cite concerns about school environment; dissatisfaction with academic instruction; family needs; desire for non-traditional approach; and a child’s health issues or special needs as the most important reason for homeschooling.

When looking for online homeschool resources, I have found an overwhelming majority of sites are Christian-based. One of the reasons I started a homeschool blog was to create a community for homeschoolers that would welcome everybody, regardless of their religious inclinations. Though the homeschooling movement may have initially grown due to the Christian Fundamentalist movement, I believe the trend of non-religious, educated parents making the informed decision to homeschool is gathering strength.

The homeschooling families I’ve been lucky to connect with over the past five years seem to have one thing in common – a genuine belief in meeting all the needs of children according to their own personalities and with respect to their development. Religion aside, we are trying out best to create a healthy environment for our kids, educationally as well as physically and emotionally.



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