While busy classrooms may be a welcome sight for some, others prefer to educate their kids from the comfort of their own home. With many parents worried about the quality of education in certain public schools, and the price of private schools skyrocketing, how popular is homeschooling in the media? Using the premier online research tool, HighBeam Research, we researched the word “homeschool” over the past ten years to determine its popularity in the press. 

In 2007, the word “homeschool” brought in a whopping 368 mentions, a 138 mention increase from the year prior. Those numbers dropped through 2010, rising again in 2011 with 357 mentions. This year so far has received 361 mentions. Though we’re currently just 7 mentions below the high of 2007, we are only half way through the year, meaning that 2012 seems to be on track to eclipse all other totals. 

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, parents who were polled on why they chose to homeschool their children in 2007 gave various reasons, the most common being the desire to provide more religious or moral instruction (36 percent). Other reasons included concern about school environment in terms of safety, drugs, peer pressure, being dissatisfied with the academic institution or having a child with health problems or special needs. Other reasons included travel, distance and family finances. 

Year

Media Mentions

2012

361

2011

357

2010

223

2009

250

2008

297

2007

368

2006

230

2005

186

2004

170

2003

190

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