Home learning expected to boom, 14 January 2008, Sunderland Echo, Sunderland, UK
Figures obtained by the Echo today showed parents removed 121 children from Sunderland Local Education Authority between 2005 and 2007, to teach them at home.
Research by Durham University estimated that 150,000 UK children are taught at home, a figure expected to triple over the next decade.
There are no official statistics to show why families pull their offspring out of the system, but studies have suggested the main reason was bullying, followed by dissatisfaction with educational standards in school.
Playwright and musician Noel Coward was educated almost entirely at home, and author Agatha Christie, creator of Poirot and Miss Marple, had no formal schooling before the age of 16.
Despite the accolade for home ed provided by Noel Coward and Agatha Christie, the majority of the article had the flavor of raised-eyebrow tsk-tsking throughout.
posted by Valerie