Article in The Tennessean on the estimates of how many familes are unschooling:
Exact number who unschool hard to know
Across the country, 200,000 to 300,000 children are unschoolers, national experts said.
That’s about 10 percent to 15 percent of the 2 million children home-schooled in 2006, said Brian Ray, president of the National Home Education Research Institute, a nonprofit research organization in Salem, Ore., that studies home-based education.
The latest government numbers estimate a much smaller number of home-educated children, just 1.1 million in 2003.
In Tennessee, there is no way of knowing how many unschool because they are lumped in with others in home-based education, said Cindy Benefield, who oversees home-schooling for the state Education Department.
The state says 5,331 children are registered to home-school in Tennessee. But the number of home schoolers could be as high as 30,000 because some families affiliate with private school satellite programs that are not counted as home schools and other families may not report they are home-schooling at all.
National experts believe that unschooling is growing in popularity at the same rate as home schooling.
— BONNA DE LA CRUZ