Report: growth in homeschooling is outpacing new public school enrollments

From (H/T ECM)


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.

The post also cites another study that puts to rest the “socialization” nonsense objection to homeschooling.

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2 thoughts on “Report: growth in homeschooling is outpacing new public school enrollments”

  1. I have always been baffled by the issue of socialization so commonly queried of homeschoolers. Do people really think that public schools, by herding children about in cohort groups, produce socialization? In what other social environment is one surrounded only by those within one year of age of oneself? What public schools teach socially is peer-dependence and, consequently, the inability to socialize with those of a different age. It’s the opposite of socialization. This handicap can be overcome by providing public schooled children with other avenues of socialization. But the public schools do not socialize children properly. Home school provides many more avenues for proper socialization – if for no other reason than that it avoids peer-centrism, bullying, and other detrimental social behaviors while also allowing children more time to socialize with a wide variety of ages.


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