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Monday, June 1, 2009

Homeschooling poll

I've been asked to post a poll on the subject of the shifting ratio of boys to girls being homeschooled. According to Henry Cate, "A recent report found that since 2003 to 2007 the ratio of boys to girls being homeschooled went from 50-50 to 42-58. I've created two polls for people to indicate how many boys and girls people are homeschooling." He's asked homeschoolers to answer his poll.

Also, he's asked for "any insight you have into why parents might be more likely to homeschool girls, than to homeschool boys. Please leave any thoughts you have."

3 comments:

  1. I do all of my kids.. well, the ones who are in school. My youngest I will be starting preschool with this year. Only one is a boy.

    But if there is a reason that some only do girls.. maybe it is because girls are easier and learn differently than boys. Nine times outta ten it is the mother doing the teaching. Maybe they relate better. Just my thoughts. :0)

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  2. I homeschool both my boys, ages 9 and 12. I haven't noticed any imbalance in our Independent Study Program (ISP); in fact, I see a lot of boys there. However, one parent told me that in order for her (4) boys to participate in Pop Warner football (and possibly other sports as well), the paperwork asks for a "school name"--and they will not accept "home school". That means she had to put them in an ISP or satellite through a private school, not just file the paperwork herself. (States differ in their policies of allowing homeschoolers to participate in public school activities; California, where I live, is pretty strict.) As boys enter high school, this becomes more of an issue. Maybe other parents of boys are making this compromise and putting them in school in return for the sports.

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  3. I homeschool both my boys, ages 9 and 12. I haven't noticed any imbalance in our Independent Study Program (ISP); in fact, I see a lot of boys there. However, one parent told me that in order for her (4) boys to participate in Pop Warner football (and possibly other sports as well), the paperwork asks for a "school name"--and they will not accept "home school". That means she had to put them in an ISP or satellite through a private school, not just file the paperwork herself. (States differ in their policies of allowing homeschoolers to participate in public school activities, California, where I live,is pretty strict.)As boys enter high school, this becomes more of an issue. Maybe other parents of boys are making this compromise and putting them in school in return for the sports. Frankly, I'm glad to do my boys at home when I hear the language and attitudes of other (public schooled) boys! My boys definitely see the difference too.

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