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Parents self-report why they choose to homeschool

Thesis (M.A., Sociology)--California State University, Sacramento, 2018.

This qualitative study observed and recorded 11 Facebook Pages with 14 original posts gathering 402 replies, to see what parents self-reported to their peers on Facebook when asked what the main reason(s) are they choose to homeschool their children. This research found the top three responses from the parents replies to the original posts as: Teacher or School Issues, Curriculum Issues, and Family Time. The reasons for homeschooling have shifted from the stereotypical teaching of a religious based education, with a mid-ranking in this research, to everyday parents with different backgrounds and a variety of grievances with the public education system. The parents reported wanting to help their children do better and be better, and to keep them away from perceived problems within the public school system. The parents are choosing what they think is best for their family and their children.

This qualitative study observed and recorded 11 Facebook Pages with 14 original posts gathering 402 replies, to see what parents self-reported to their peers on Facebook when asked what the main reason(s) are they choose to homeschool their children. This research found the top three responses from the parents replies to the original posts as: Teacher or School Issues, Curriculum Issues, and Family Time. The reasons for homeschooling have shifted from the stereotypical teaching of a religious based education, with a mid-ranking in this research, to everyday parents with different backgrounds and a variety of grievances with the public education system. The parents reported wanting to help their children do better and be better, and to keep them away from perceived problems within the public school system. The parents are choosing what they think is best for their family and their children.

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