A report from the National Education Center for Statistics states that 80 percent of parents cited safety issues as a reason for homeschooling their children. “That was not on our radar screen when this movement started,” said Paul Rose, president of the Oklahoma Christian Home Educators Consociation in an article from the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs , “In the early years of homeschooling, parents tended to be more concerned with religious issues and having more control over the content of what their children were being taught. Now I would say that at least half are focused on child safety.” The NECS report also notes that rural communities have a higher percentage of homeschooled students (4%) over the national average of 3% in urban and suburban areas.
Registration for the Historic St. Mary’s City’s fall Homeschool Day starts August 1st. The event is on September 27th and features hands-on activities and demonstrations. Admission is $5 per child over 5. An accompanying adult is free. For more information visit hsmcdigshistory.org.