By Sarah Lomas, ABC NewsCatholic homeschoolers should take an extra day of “careful planning” after a week of watching religious programming on the Catholic curriculum, a new study suggests.
The study, published by the National Center for Science Education, is based on data from more than 1.5 million homeschooling parents.
Researchers found that, for most homeschool parents, watching religious content was a factor in choosing whether to homeschool.
About a quarter of the parents surveyed said they watched religious content in the week leading up to the final day of the week.
Among them, about a third (34 per cent) watched a show about “family values”, and about a quarter (26 per cent), watched “God in the Ghetto”.
And nearly two-thirds (66 per cent, or nearly one in five) of parents said they chose to homesit their children.
The researchers say their study, which looked at home schooling parents’ decision to homesite their children, is the first to investigate how much religious content they watched.
It is the latest in a series of studies in recent years that have linked religious content to the decision to start homeschool, or to homeset.
The National Center says the study’s findings are the most comprehensive of its kind, looking at homeschool attendance, homeschool curricula and parents’ beliefs about the teaching of religion.
A Catholic homeschooler watches a religious program at a homeschool camp in the summer of 2016.
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