Thursday, September 5, 2013
To School or Not to School, at Home: Part 4
This is the 4th post in the Why We Want to Homeschool Our Kids series.
For most people that haven't studied or researched homeschooling, usually the most common concern is that homeschooled kids will somehow be less intelligent than institutionalized school children.
If some of you want facts about how homeschooled children fare compared to institutionalized children in this country, I have some facts and studies to share.
Homeschooled children usually score higher on standardized tests than children in public schools. In a study done in 2009, it was discovered that homeschooled children, on average, score in the 85th to 89th percentile while the average for children in public schools was in the 50th percentile.
The success of the homeschooled children was the same, regardless of the students gender, household income, education of the parent teaching the children, money spent on curriculum for the children, or government requirements for homeschooled children.
Studies have shown that most homeschooled children go on to college and become successful adults. A lot of homeschooled children go on to own their own businesses due to their experience with having more responsibility.
Other studies have shown that children that are homeschooled score higher GPA's in college, earn more college credits before entering college, and earn more credits while attending college.
Another study showed that more homeschooled children, after college, were more likely to vote and are more involved with their communities.
There are about 2.5 million children being homeschooled in this country today, up from 1.5 million in 2007 and up from about 13,000 in the 1970's.
For thousands of years, there were no institutionalized schools. Children learned at home, with their parents. Most parents teach their children to speak, walk, read, eat, bathe, go to the bathroom, and more. But then they send them off to strangers to teach them the rest.
How is anyone other than the parent more qualified to teach their own children?
And although homeschooling fell out of popularity for years, the above figures should be proof to anyone that the homeschooling trend is growing bigger each year.