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A survey was conducted to determine why parents in Kentucky who homeschool their children chose homeschooling and what they considered the advantages to be. Responses received from 69 homeschooling parents showed that they chose homeschooling because of religion, social factors, and a desire for high achievement. They see both advantages and disadvantages to public schooling and homeschooling. Educational reform efforts appear to have had an impact on parents' decisions, with many objecting to aspects of Kentucky's educational reforms. Although computers are being used to augment the curriculum, the participants in this study did not consider them essential. The study also sought to determine if public schools can do anything to attract families that have made the decision to homeschool. This question generated the greatest response consensus, with parents responding that to reconsider public schooling, the public schools would need to be infused with religious practices and teachings. An appendix contains the survey. (Contains 1 table and 26 references.) (SLD)

Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Computer Uses in Education, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Home Schooling, Parent Attitudes, Parents, Religious Education, Surveys, Values

Author: Grubb, Deborah


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