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Homeschooling Growing Seven Times Faster than Public School Enrollment

Posted by on Jun. 9, 2013 at 5:37 PM
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Sorry if this is a repeat post.  I thought this was an interesting, and encouraging, read. :)

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/06/07/Report-Growth-in-Homeschooling-Outpacing-Public-Schools


Report: Homeschooling Growing Seven Times Faster than Public School Enrollment

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As dissatisfaction with the U.S. public school system grows, apparently so has the appeal of homeschooling. Educational researchers, in fact, are expecting a surge in the number of students educated at home by their parents over the next ten years, as more parents reject public schools.

A recent report in Education News states that, since 1999, the number of children who are homeschooled has increased by 75%. Though homeschooled children represent only 4% of all school-age children nationwide, the number of children whose parents choose to educate them at home rather than a traditional academic setting is growing seven times faster than the number of children enrolling in grades K-12 every year.

As homeschooling has become increasingly popular, common myths that have long been associated with the practice of homeschooling have been debunked.

Any concerns about the quality of education children receive by their parents can be put to rest by the consistently high placement of homeschooled students on standardized assessment exams. Data demonstrates that those who are independently educated generally score between the 65th and 89th percentile on these measures, while those in traditional academic settings average at around the 50th percentile. In addition, achievement gaps between sexes, income levels, or ethnicity—all of which have plagued public schools around the country—do not exist in homeschooling environments.

According to the report:

Recent studies laud homeschoolers’ academic success, noting their significantly higher ACT-Composite scores as high schoolers and higher grade point averages as college students. Yet surprisingly, the average expenditure for the education of a homeschooled child, per year, is $500 to $600, compared to an average expenditure of $10,000 per child, per year, for public school students.

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.”

From the report:

Based on recent data, researchers such as Dr. Brian Ray (NHERI.org) “expect to observe a notable surge in the number of children being homeschooled in the next 5 to 10 years. The rise would be in terms of both absolute numbers and percentage of the K to 12 student population. This increase would be in part because…[1] a large number of those individuals who were being home educated in the 1990’s may begin to homeschool their own school-age children and [2] the continued successes of home-educated students.”

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coala
by Gold Member on Jun. 9, 2013 at 6:20 PM

Neat article....thanks for the read.

Bleacheddecay
by on Jun. 9, 2013 at 6:22 PM

I liked the article too. I do wonder who is paying "the average expenditure for the education of a homeschooled child, per year, is $500 to $600" and how that is figured. If you include heat, phone, other utilities and extra curriculars maybe I can see that. Otherwise, I'm not sure how you'd pay that much.

KLove_Mom
by on Jun. 9, 2013 at 6:27 PM

Ya, I read this the other day too...

AND I read another article that stated the statistics about how well homeschooled children are doing on the college entrance exams, AND with being better all around students at college.

It's nice to get good press out there. There are too many myths.

usmom3
by on Jun. 9, 2013 at 9:30 PM

I saw it posted on Facebook!

QueenCreole313
by on Jun. 10, 2013 at 6:41 AM
Thanks I'm sharing on my wall now!
xomrs.chase
by on Jun. 10, 2013 at 6:48 AM
:) neat! Thank you!

One of my biggest concerns was college. Then my mom told me about her work associate's kids. His wife homeschooled both daughters, and now they're both doctors. Lol no more worries
KLove_Mom
by on Jun. 10, 2013 at 9:01 AM

I knew kids from both sides of the homeschool equation in college.

a) one girl was on a middle school level socially, didn't know how to do laundry or clean up after herself, didn't know how to cook, didn't know how to type or use a computer, struggled in the basic college freshman classes

b) another girl - she spoke fluent French, could type 80 words a minute, had vocal and piano training, liked to cook and bake, knew accounting basics from helping at her dad's business, took CLEP tests to get out of most of her freshman basics, and was as socially capable as everyone else at 18 years old.

I also knew similar cases of both sides of students who had come from public schools... So the homeschool part was merely a circumstance that led them there. 
It's up to you to influence which side your student will be on regardless of the schooling circumstance.

Quoting xomrs.chase:

:) neat! Thank you!

One of my biggest concerns was college. Then my mom told me about her work associate's kids. His wife homeschooled both daughters, and now they're both doctors. Lol no more worries


-Kara
"Look for Rainbows"
xomrs.chase
by on Jun. 10, 2013 at 9:13 AM
Valid point.

I plan on teaching him one european language and finding a tutor (or online program) for latin. He will participate in at least one sport a year (his choice of which) and music/ art lessons as well. :)

At 18mo he already helps me clean up. I don't see an issue there hahaha.


Quoting KLove_Mom:

I knew kids from both sides of the homeschool equation in college.

a) one girl was on a middle school level socially, didn't know how to do laundry or clean up after herself, didn't know how to cook, didn't know how to type or use a computer, struggled in the basic college freshman classes

b) another girl - she spoke fluent French, could type 80 words a minute, had vocal and piano training, liked to cook and bake, knew accounting basics from helping at her dad's business, took CLEP tests to get out of most of her freshman basics, and was as socially capable as everyone else at 18 years old.

I also knew similar cases of both sides of students who had come from public schools... So the homeschool part was merely a circumstance that led them there. 
It's up to you to influence which side your student will be on regardless of the schooling circumstance.

Quoting xomrs.chase:

:) neat! Thank you!



One of my biggest concerns was college. Then my mom told me about her work associate's kids. His wife homeschooled both daughters, and now they're both doctors. Lol no more worries


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