Q: Will the stands the candidates take on education affect how you vote for President?
(of 58 respondents)
- 59% - They must support homeschooling!
- 16% - I don't care, I'll homeschool anyway.
- 14% - I will vote for my chosen party anyway.
- 12% - I don't vote.
NOTE: Well over half of those responding to this poll want the highest office filled by someone who recognizes the needs and contributions of homeschoolers.
Q: Why do you homeschool?
(of 459 respondents)
- 42% - Just feel it is the right thing.
- 22% - Religious reasons.
- 19% - Academic reasons.
- 12% - Child had trouble in public school.
- 04% - Secular reasons.
- 01% - Medical reasons.
NOTE: This counters the standard assumption that most homeschoolers do so for religious reasons - 78% of those answering this poll teach their own children at home for other than religious reasons.
Q: The media think homeschoolers have above average income.
Where do you really fit?
(of 386 respondents)
- 11% - $10,000 - $20,000/year
- 18% - $20,000 - $30,000/year
- 20% - $30,000 - $40,000/year
- 15% - $40,000 - $50,000/year
- 13% - $50,000 - $60,000/year
- 23% - more than $60,000/year
NOTE: With 49% of respondants living on under $40,000.oo, it is hard to uphold an argument that insists we are all 'well-off'. Only 23% are earning over $60,000.oo.
Q: How many children are you homeschooling?
(of 539 respondents)
- 17% - Only one! An only child.
- 08% - Only one! The rest go to public school.
- 33% - 2.
- 17% - 3.
- 13% - 4 or more.
- 12% - None, yet! But Thinking about it.
NOTE: 25% of respondents have a one-to-one student-teacher ratio! 67% are schooling three or fewer children for a ratio of 3-to-1 or better. 12% are looking into the possibility (some even before they have their children!).
Q: What style of homeschooling do you use most? ?
(of 246 respondents)
- 07% - Umbrella School/School at Home
- 18% - Packaged Curriculum/School at Home
- 43% - Eclectic Curriculum/School at Home
- 18% - No Curriculum/Relaxed Homeschooling
- 10% - No Curriculum/Unschooling
- 04% - Other
NOTE: Only 25% of those responding are using commercial pre-set curriculums. 43% are using some varied combination of the vast and diverse resources available, and 28% utilize little or no structure at all. -I've no clue what the other 4% are doing, but hey - it's probably pretty interesting!
Q: Have you seen a big difference in your homeschooled child?
(of 319 respondents)
- 22% - Yes, improved academically over PS.
- 16% - Yes, improved attitude over PS.
- 39% - Yes, better attitude AND academically.
- 10% - Yes, better attitude compared to peers.
- 06% - Yes, better learning compared to peers.
- 07% - No, behavior and learning no different.
The first two answers are those who have taken their child out of an institutional school. The third answer is those who felt *both* criteria were better. The fourth and fifth are those who have homeschooled all along. The last is those who felt *both* criteria showed no improvement.
NOTE: 39% said they see both better attitude and academic results in their homeschooled children compared to peers and/or the institutional schooled situation. A full 93% said that they had definitely noted improvement. 65% said they saw better attitudes in their homeschooled child than in peers and/or the institutional schooled situation. 67% said that they had noted academic improvement over peers and/or the institutional schooled situation. Only 7% said they had noted no improvement at all.
Q: Have you found homeschooling to benefit your family?
(of 485 respondents)
- 34% - Yes, we are closer than ever!
- 11% - Yes, less school related stress.
- 05% - Yes, the kids are happier.
- 45% - Yes, all of the above!
- 02% - No, my kids hate it!
- 03% - No, I hate it!
NOTE: Fully 95% of those responding to this poll said "Yes!". 5% noted that at least their kids were happier. 11% found at least some stress relief, while 34% said that they at least found their family social ties to be stonger. 45% felt that they had all those things going for them. Only 5% found homeschooling not helpful.