So what is it, are you a religious nut, moral nut, or is something wrong with your kid? Or does he just have a mental problem? These were pretty much the only choices offered in a recent survey of US Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).
That's right! Our government collected and correlated data from tens of thousands
of people, just to find out why we homeschoolers didn't cram our kids in
the nearest local school. Of course they didn't pester the public
school parents, demanding to hear their rationale for their life choices. (See Table 8 of their report.)
These brightbulbs also found that people with more money and more education are just
plain old happier with their kids' schools. I think I'd be pretty happy, too, if I could just blow $20,000-odd per year, per child on "tuition" alone at some of these places. If I were having a bad day or my socks didn't match, people would start making me happy pretty quick at that price.
Hey, here's some more useful information: did you know poor people were statistically less likely to participate in school fundraising? Here I thought the welfare mommas were the major benefactors of our local school because they have so much extra money to throw around. SNAP benefits top out at $150/month and with that kind of cash, they're eating steaks every night and just waiting for me to show up at their door so they can give me $30/roll for gift wrap.
Eesh. I wonder how much money was spent on this survey.