Thursday, January 30, 2014

Survey says Oklahoma homeschoolers are stacking up well

First, let me point you to this FOX 25 homeschooling story which aired last night. (Full disclosure: I'm hopelessly biased towards the homeschooled children in this story.)

In related homeschooling news, a new survey released this week by the Friedman Foundation and OCPA contains a couple of interesting nuggets. The statewide survey was conducted by Braun Research, Inc., a firm which has been used by such research organizations as Gallup and the Pew Research Center. It has a margin of error of ± 4.0 percentage points. Oklahoma voters were asked: "If you know one or more families that homeschool their children, what is your impression of the quality of their education?" A plurality of voters, 45 percent, rate the education as "good" or "excellent," while 28 percent say it is "fair" or "poor." (The other 27 percent don’t know a homeschool family or didn’t give a response.)

By way of comparison, the same survey asked respondents to rate Oklahoma's public school system. While 39 percent rate it as "good" or "excellent," 58 percent say it is "fair" or "poor."

Also of interest is the question below about what option parents would select for their own child. Eleven percent of Oklahomans say they would choose to homeschool.

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