The NCES, part of the Department of Education, says homeschooled children made up 2.9% of school age population in 2007, up from 1.1 million 2.2% of school aged population.
The survey cited several reasons parents are turnign to homeschooling. Parent cited the negative peer influences of public school, the desire to provide religious or moral instruction as well as concerns about the academic quality of public school.
“homeschoolers can now be found in all walks of life, said Michael Smith, Presidnet of the Home School Legal Defense Association. “Homeschooling is a mainstream educational alternative. It will continue to flourish as parents and children continue to experience the social and academic benefits of a home based education