WWH = Why We Homeschool. This post is part of an on-going series looking into the myriad reasons we’ve decided to homeschool our children. Please read this disclaimer before continuing to read this post.
We could decide to homeschool based on a hundred different reasons, but if we did not include researching the results of homeschooling on academic and social levels, we couldn’t really claim to have researched it thoroughly.
Of course, those who pioneered homeschooling, did not have these results. They went the homeschool route with deep convictions that no statistical survey could have swayed. But, today, some 40 years into the increase of the homeschooling movement, we do have these stats at our fingertips and they are well worth looking at.
The National Home Education Research Institute has done a lot of intensive research into the results of homeschooling and has come up with some interesting figures.
The home-educated typically score 15 to 30 percentile points above public-school students on standardized academic achievement tests.
Homeschool students score above average on achievement tests regardless of their parents’ level of formal education or their family’s household income.
Whether homeschool parents were ever certified teachers is not related to their children’s academic achievement.
Degree of state control and regulation of homeschooling is not related to academic achievement.
Home-educated students typically score above average on the SAT and ACT tests that colleges consider for admissions.
Homeschool students are increasingly being actively recruited by colleges.
Social, Emotional, and Psychological Development
The home-educated are doing well, typically above average, on measures of social, emotional, and psychological development. Research measures include peer interaction, self-concept, leadership skills, family cohesion, participation in community service, and self-esteem.
Homeschool students are regularly engaged in social and educational activities outside their homes and with people other than their nuclear-family members. They are commonly involved in activities such as field trips, scouting, 4-H, political drives, church ministry, sports teams, and community volunteer work.
Success in the “Real World” of Adulthood
The research base on adults who were home educated is growing; thus far it indicates that they:
- participate in local community service more frequently than does the general population,
- vote and attend public meetings more frequently than the general population, and
- go to and succeed at college at an equal or higher rate than the general population.
For more in depth research, go to this link: http://www.hslda.org/research/ray2003/HomeschoolingGrowsUp.pdf and/or the NHERI site: www.nheri.org and check it out for yourself.