Home-Schooled Kids Are Smarter


home schooled kids are smarterIf you've been on the fence about whether to home school your child, this news might tip you in favor:

Children taught in the home score above average on the state tests, far exceeding public school children. Home schooling is also way cheaper, with great potential to help our overstretched federal budget.

And the benefits go on, according to a new home schooling report from the Home School Legal Defense Association, an advocacy group.

"This study is great!," says KickButtMama, a HS mom of two boys ages 5 and 8 and owner of the Happy Homeschoolers group. "Many people still think home schooling is only for cults and polygamists. Normal people home school just to have the chance to be able to nurture every aspect of their child's education. For many it has nothing to do with religious beliefs."

In a comprehensive study of nearly 12,000 home schooled children in 50 states, home schooled children who took the state achievement tests scored 30 points on average higher than their public school counterparts.

There was no gender gap -- boys and girls scored equally well in all subjects, and parents' income, education or how much they spent on books and supplies had nothing to do with the results. Researchers found that the average home-schooling parent spends about $500 a year to educate their child; the average public school tab is $10,000 per child.

KickButtMama thinks home schooling is king for two main reasons:

"First, the child is encouraged to learn in what ever manner works for him. What subjects interest the child are often at the forefront. This is why many home-schooled children see school as 'fun'.

"Secondly, there are fewer demands on a home-school mom's time during an actual lesson. Even if there are multiple children in the home, the HS mom will take each lesson individually, giving that very personal one-on-one time, leaving no opportunity for a child to fall behind."

There's a lot more to the story homeschool vs. public school story here, and there are many benefits to public school that don't show up on report cards. But based on these academic findings alone ...

Why wouldn't you want to homeschool after hearing these results? What's holding you back?

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sunmo... sunmoonstars

At $500 per year, I am sure the mom's time was not factored in as the teacher's salary would have been in the public school.  We all know the mom's time is worth ALOT!  Especially homeschool moms who are spedning alot of time on lesson plans and teaching!

I haven't read the publication, but my first instinct tells me a huge reason why public-schooled kids are doing poor is due to the lack of interest in their education coming from their home (parents).  I am sure any public school child with parents interested in their education is performing at the same level as home schooled kids. We take an interest in their homework, we discuss it, we go beyond that to learn in our environment, play word games, etc.... the list goes on and on.  Many of us moms with public-school kids are taking an active role in their education, too.

Why do I bring this up?  While I agree home-school moms deserve respect for what they are doing for their kids, I don't think bringing down public education is the way to do it.  This type of attitude will only further the divide between public/home school.  The problem isn't the public school.   It's the parents who think the public school's duty is to educate their children while they sit back.  This is not true - the public school's duty is to provide education, while the parents enhance that education and do what is best for the child.


mupt02 mupt02

I'm all for home-schooling if it is right for you.  Personally, I'm still on the fence.  However, just recently, I read an article in our local newspaper where a study was done in our state and HS kids actually scored a significant percentage worse on standardized tests.   Does anyone know where to find a break down by state of how HS compares to public school in standardized testing?  I know that standardized testing isn't everything, but what about SAT/ACT results and college admissions.  Is there a comparison, by state, for these things?  I definitely think there is a difference based on state and am curious to find more information about my state.

mmmom... mmmommy0207

I'd love to. I may have to be creative with making sure their social skills were keeping up to par (with their peers) I would love to be the teacher in my kid's lives.

Unfortunately, we own our own business, and there's really no way one of us could do it alone. DH had a mild heart attack last week, and I've been here trying to do it all myself for almost a week, and I don't think I can handle it much longer. (Plus, because we're an automotive shop, people assume that since I wear a bra, they need to talk to one of the techs or just wait for Sam to get back)

Steel... SteeleMommasita

I'm the same way...I would love too but the economy has forced me to work full-time not allowing me the necessary time to homeschool :(

manco... mancosmomma

mupt02, studies have shown homeschoolers tend to score higher on the ACT and SAT, and are more likely to go to college than their public schooled counterparts.  Harvard, Yale, Stanford, and many other top colleges actively recruit homeschooled students. There are tons of studies and statistics out there if you search for them. 

Homeschooling is not for everyone, but I find it extremely rewarding and my kids are thriving both academically and socially.


KickB... KickButtMama

HS is definitely a commitment of time and money. I used to be an aeronautical engineer, now I work part time as a personal trainer. BUT we sold our big house, and our new cars. We moved into a small condo and only have 1 used car. We didn't have cable nor cell phones for a couple of years...but now we have ZERO debt! HS only costs us about $500/year, and I know I'd be spending more to send my kids to PS - between new clothes every year and school supplies (not to mention money for lunch and field trips, etc) 

So, I know for a fact it's not an easy nor quick decision. It's also not right for every family.

For the states that had HS'ers show a lower testing than PS'ers? I've NEVER heard such a statistic. Many states don't even require HS'ers to take standard tests at all (mine doesn't) But here's the thing that would totally explain it.....many homeschoolers don't do formal testing - where the student selects the right answer in a timed format, etc....We use hands on means of determining whether a child has mastered a concept....so it is somewhat out of their experience to do that sort of test....most HS'ers don't worry about it until prepping our kids for SAT's & MCAT's. This could explain that study (although many times we've seen school districts make these kinds of bold claims but when asked for proof they often are standing on a house of cards with no actual proof for the claims).

athenax3 athenax3

We have decided to try homeschooling this year for several reasons. Last year, my fifth grader recieved two weeks of social studies education, and when we asked why only two weeks of social studies at the very end of the school year the answer was "it's not on the fcat"- the public schools seem to be teaching only to the standardized tests and not giving any instruction not directly related to them- we find this concerning and feel our children are being short changed- so we've decided to try homeschooling. There are many support groups in our local area and the county is very homeschool friendly - I have found thus far a very warm and friendly environment regarding homeschooling, and the homeschool group does a lot of really fun things together on a regular basis, so the kids are excited as well.

peach... peachwine

Im currently on the fence about homeschool as well. My family and husband love the idea. I would love the opportunity to show them a fun and educational way of learning things. Their so many outside the classroom learning opportunities, for example at the State Museums and Zoos to just name a few that have educational classes that are fun and informative. If I homeschooled I would make sure they did their bookwork as well though. My husband and I both attended public school and I can not tell you 10 great things about it, but that was just me. My children so far enjoy class, but I wont tell you that they both havent came home complaining of being physically hit on by another student- or that they didn't have a teacher take her frustrations out on the class (happened a lot last year for my oldest child). If I knew about homeschooling last year I would have already pulled them out.

Eliza... Elizabeth367

Very encouraging...I started homeschooling this year and this makes me feel good about my decision

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