Saturday, June 08, 2013

Breaking the Myths:Homeschoolers Rate High In Academics, Healthy Socialization, and Are Sought After By Ivy League Universities

Breitbart reports that a recent report in "Education News" stated that the number of children who are homeschooled by their parents is growing seven times faster than the number of those enrolled in government schools (K-12) every year.

High academic testing on standardized assessment tests show that homeschoolers typically score between the 65th and 89th percentile while government educated children rank about 50th percentile. Achievment gaps such as gender, level of income, or ethnicity aren't a factor as opposed to public school educated children.

Expenditures for the typical homeschooler is about $500-$600 per child versus $10,000 per government schooled child.

How about college and socialization issues?

The article reports:

The high achievement level of homeschoolers is readily recognized by recruiters from some of the best colleges in the nation. Home-educated children matriculate in colleges and attain a four-year degree at much higher rates than their counterparts from both public and private schools. Schools such as Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard, Stanford, and Duke Universities all actively recruit homeschoolers. 
Similarly, the common myth that homeschoolers “miss out” on so-called “socialization opportunities,” often thought to be a vital aspect of traditional academic settings, has proven to be without merit. According to the National Home Education Research Institute survey, homeschoolers tend to be more socially engaged than their peers and demonstrate “healthy social, psychological, and emotional development, and success into adulthood.”

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