According to a report published in the National Home Education Research Institute the number of homeschooled children has increased by 75% since 1999. Although these children represent only 4%, the number of children whose parents choose home schooling is growing seven times faster than the number of children enrolled in primary education.
One of the most immediate consequences that is causing an increase in homeschooling is the banish of the bad press the homeschooling has.
On the one hand there is a concern whether or not this type of education is more effective than conventional methods, if a child can achieve a higher performance in a family environment . The data provided by the Education News show that those who are educated independently have superior academic results tan students who attend school.
Paradoxically, homeschooling provides benefits to the State itself. Families engaged in home-based education are not dependent on public, tax-funded resources for their children’s education. The finances associated with their homeschooling likely represent over $16 billion that American taxpayers do not have to spend since these children are not in public schools. It is estimated that the average cost of each homeschooled child is between 500 and 600 dollars a year. Far from the $10,000 dolars a year for student who chooses public school.
Another argument used by the advocates of homeschooling is the fact that many homeschoolers get better grades than students from public and private schools. Universities such as Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard or Stanford actively recruit homeschoolers.
Among the reasons of those who have traditionally are against homeschooling highlight the problems of socialization. However, the National Home Education Research Institute believes that homeschoolers tend to be more socially engaged than their peers and also have "social, psychological and emotional healthy, and success in adulthood."