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Homeschool Education Levels Well Above National Averages
Catholic Online ^ | 8/12/2010 | Sonja Corbitt

Posted on 08/12/2010 4:35:33 AM PDT by GonzoII

NASHVILLE, TN (Catholic Online) - When asked why they do it, homeschool families consistently answer that they do it because it is the absolutely best way to educate children. Far from being elitist however, or the statement of simple, ignorant, or deluded homeschool parents, it seems that two decades of research affirms this answer with empirical evidence, according to a recent study.

In February of this year, Brian Ray published a study of the largest nationwide sample of home educators and their children in the United States. Also a review of existing research on homeschooling, it asserts an incredible fact that most do not know, and often do not believe:

"[H]omeschool students and their families are in some ways a select population: although the income for homeschool families with school-age children in this present study is at about the national median, '. education levels are well above national averages'. This is consistent with the body of extant research. It is not a surprise" (Academic Achievement and Demographic Traits of Homeschool Students: A Nationwide Study).

What the evidence consistently suggests is that there is much more involved in an "education" than a teacher's certificate, curriculum packages, sports or electives. After all, the family structure in most home schools is traditional and overwhelmingly Christian, headed and taught by married parents. The father is the primary wage earner while the mother stays at home, and they have three or more children.

(Excerpt) Read more at catholic.org ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: arth; education; family; frhf; homeschooling; parenting

1 posted on 08/12/2010 4:35:36 AM PDT by GonzoII
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To: All

http://www.academicleadership.org/emprical_research/Academic_Achievement_and_Demographic_Traits_of_Homeschool_Students_A_Nationwide_Study.shtml


2 posted on 08/12/2010 4:36:36 AM PDT by GonzoII ("That they may be one...Father")
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To: metmom

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3 posted on 08/12/2010 4:41:50 AM PDT by uptoolate ("Unemployed? Depressed? Angry? Don't Beat Your Wife... Beat A Democrat..." VOTE)
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To: GonzoII
No surprise here. We test both our homeschool kids with the Iowa Tests every year, and they consistently perform way above the national averages. As high schoolers, they are both reading on the college level.

But more importantly to me, they know their Lord and His Word, and they know the Founders and the Founding documents. That alone is worth the price of homeschool.

4 posted on 08/12/2010 4:54:58 AM PDT by backwoods-engineer (There is no "common good" which minimizes or sacrifices the individual. --Walter Scott Hudson)
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To: GonzoII
That home schooling is far superior to public education is evident to even the most casual of observers.
You'd have to be brain dead or a liberal to not get it.

Home-school been-there-done-that and have the 26-year-old Doctor of organic chemistry making double my salary as a research scientist to prove it.

- Proud Papa.

5 posted on 08/12/2010 4:55:11 AM PDT by grobdriver (Proud Member, Party Of No! No Socialism - No Fascism - Nobama - No Way!)
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To: Tax-chick; bd476; 2Jedismom; metmom; Amelia; Gabz; shag377; SoftballMominVA; Born Conservative; ...

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6 posted on 08/12/2010 5:03:45 AM PDT by Albion Wilde (" 'Bush did it' is not a foreign policy." -- Victor Davis Hanson)
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To: grobdriver

Right behind you, my oldest is 20 and finishing up his first summer internship. He was a National Merit Scholar Finalist, near-perfect SAT scores (perfect on Math section). My 16 yr old starts the SAT process soon so we’ll see how that goes.


7 posted on 08/12/2010 5:13:36 AM PDT by Calm_Cool_and_Elected ("Stupidity is always astonishing, no matter how many times you may deal with it." - Jean Cocteau)
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To: GonzoII
I don't disagree with much of anything in the article, but I gotta say it just cries out for a rewrite.

8 posted on 08/12/2010 5:21:20 AM PDT by conservatism_IS_compassion (Entrenching an exploitative ruling class is all that socialism is about.)
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To: GonzoII
We don't home school our 8-year old because my Wife and I both work - but we do after-school making up for what he is not getting in the 8 hours he is supposed to be learning something.

And there is no wonder why he needs after schooling. With math like what is shown in the video being taught in his school, he not only can't understand it, I have a hard time myself helping him through 2nd grade homework. His Washington State school uses the “Everyday Mathematics” shown in the video

Math Education: An Inconvenient Truth

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tr1qee-bTZI

9 posted on 08/12/2010 5:26:46 AM PDT by NavyCanDo
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To: GonzoII

Obama will figure out a way to discourage homeschooling by taxing it (or outlaw it altogether).


10 posted on 08/12/2010 5:29:37 AM PDT by Hoodat (.For the weapons of our warfare are mighty in God for pulling down strongholds.)
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To: Albion Wilde

My son was getting C’s & B’s when my wife and I pulled him out of public school four years ago. He graduated high school this year and won a “full ride” scholarship to Michigan State. The average teacher comes from the lower quarter of their graduating class so it is no wonder home schoolers get a better education.


11 posted on 08/12/2010 6:02:44 AM PDT by Mustard Plaster
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To: NavyCanDo

It’s not just teaching them some things, but a lifestyle of learning. That’s the difference.


12 posted on 08/12/2010 6:10:08 AM PDT by Shimmer1 (Freedom isn't free.)
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To: NavyCanDo
We couldn't home school either but we also took a huge part in our two youngest kids education at home. There was hardly a day that we didn't cover current events, history, science and math.

There was a huge difference in how they did in school and their three older siblings who, unfortunately did not receive the same attention. Youngest son begins his full ride scholarship at trade school next week and daughter is going into her senior year with a 4.0.

13 posted on 08/12/2010 6:18:01 AM PDT by ladyvet (WOLVERINES!!!!!)
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To: Hoodat

They already are effectively taxing us in homeschooling, by assessing property taxes that go to the government (public) schools even though we don’t use them! I wish, at a time of lesser fiscal stress, this could be brought to a general vote, because I think even many non-homeschoolers would appreciate the unfairness of such a system.


14 posted on 08/12/2010 6:29:16 AM PDT by Liberty1970 (http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/lydiablievernicht)
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To: Liberty1970
I looked at my property tax bill this summer and over 65% went to public schools, not including the local college. I will pass on getting that back if they try to regulate my children's homeschooling.
15 posted on 08/12/2010 6:45:13 AM PDT by jimpick
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To: GonzoII

How many of these students were home schooled?
http://nextbigfuture.com/2010/08/intel-young-scientist-awards-2010.html


16 posted on 08/12/2010 6:53:20 AM PDT by jmcenanly
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To: 2Jedismom; 6amgelsmama; AAABEST; aberaussie; Aggie Mama; agrace; AliVeritas; AlmaKing; AngieGal; ...

ANOTHER REASON TO HOMESCHOOL

This ping list is for the “other” articles of interest to homeschoolers about education and public school. This can occasionally be a fairly high volume list. Articles pinged to the Another Reason to Homeschool List will be given the keyword of ARTH. (If I remember. If I forget, please feel free to add it yourself)

The main Homeschool Ping List handles the homeschool-specific articles. I hold both the Homeschool Ping List and the Another Reason to Homeschool Ping list. Please freepmail me to let me know if you would like to be added to or removed from either list, or both.

17 posted on 08/12/2010 3:30:23 PM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: 2Jedismom; 6amgelsmama; AAABEST; aberaussie; adopt4Christ; Aggie Mama; agrace; AliVeritas; ...

This ping list is for articles of interest to homeschoolers. I hold both the Homeschool Ping List and the Another Reason to Homeschool Ping List. Please freepmail me to let me know if you would like to be added or removed from either list, or both.

The keyword for the FREE REPUBLIC HOMESCHOOLERS’ FORUM is frhf.


18 posted on 08/12/2010 3:32:05 PM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: NavyCanDo

Everyday Mathematics is a travesty.

If you want a good math curriculum, try Saxon Math.

Go for older, used versions if you can find them and be sure to get the test booklet and answer key.

Saxon Math has grades one -three but they are not worth the extra money, IMO. I found that there were math workbooks that we found at Sams club of all places, that taught what the kids needed to know for those years and were FAR cheaper.

We stated Saxon Math 54 in third grade. You can do that and proceed at his own pace. It does a phenomenal job with place value and skip counting, which lays a great foundation for multiplication.

Don’t forget to look at board games like Yahtzee and Monopoly and Scrabble (two birds with one stone there) and make him keep score.


19 posted on 08/12/2010 3:39:22 PM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: GonzoII
Excellent essay! I recommend it to other Freepers.

**ALL** government schools in this nation are socialist-funded and godless. Most are owned and run by the government.

So?...What happens when a child attends a socialist, godless, and government owned and run school?

Answer: He learns to be comfortable with socialism, godlessness, and having the government own and run his **life** and ultimately his **SOUL**!!!!

20 posted on 08/12/2010 3:47:26 PM PDT by wintertime (Good ideas win! Why? Because people are not stupid.)
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To: NavyCanDo
Please read post #20. I don't know how a parent can undo daily lessons in socialism, godlessness, and government ownership.

Please thing about this.

You are already doing a ton of “afterschooling”. You are already likely doing as much “afterschooling” as any parent who homeschools. Honestly...When my homeschooled children were 8 we rarely spent more than 1 to 1 1/2 hours in formal homeschooling.

Were you able to afford babysitting when your child was a pre-schooler? If you were able to afford day care then, why not now?

Suggestion: If you absolutely must have 2 parents working, please consider removing your child from the godless, socialist, government owned and run schools and put him in daycare. Homeschooling for an hour in the morning, evening, Saturdays, and continue doing it thorough the summer and other typical government school holidays.

And...Again, please read post #20.

21 posted on 08/12/2010 3:57:02 PM PDT by wintertime (Good ideas win! Why? Because people are not stupid.)
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To: metmom

Go for older, used versions if you can find them
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Is there a difference between the newer editions and the older?


22 posted on 08/12/2010 3:59:49 PM PDT by wintertime (Good ideas win! Why? Because people are not stupid.)
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To: jmcenanly
The article does not state if Kevin and Amy were homeschooled or institutionally schooled.

But...Which is better? Is it better to being a “pretend” scientist in an institutional high school or be **FINISHED** with a bachelors, masters, or Ph.D. in a hard science by the age of 18, 19, or 20?

My own 3 homeschoolers started college at the ages of 13, 12, and 13. The two younger earned B.S. degrees in mathematics from our state's flagship university at the age of 18. The older of these two earned a B.S. in mathematics at the age of 20.

The oldest homeschooler is a nationally and internationally ranked athlete. He has represented the U.S. worldwide. He choose to attend college part-time. But...Even with his heavy training and travel schedule he will soon finish a masters in accounting at the same age as his institutionalized contemporaries. He also worked full-time for our church for a few years in Eastern Europe and is completely fluent in Russian. Some native Russians have told me that he speaks Russian without an accent. Even though his undergraduate degree is in business, he finished Calculus III by the age of 15.

23 posted on 08/12/2010 4:15:48 PM PDT by wintertime (Good ideas win! Why? Because people are not stupid.)
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To: jmcenanly

Oops! That should read:

Is it better to be a “pretend” scientist in an institutional high school.....


24 posted on 08/12/2010 4:19:27 PM PDT by wintertime (Good ideas win! Why? Because people are not stupid.)
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To: GonzoII

For those that think they cant homeschool....

I home school our kids in the mornings. My wife who works outside the home gets on video skype at lunch and does science from her office and in front of our kids on camera while they both eat lunch together. We constantly get complemented on how polite , articulate and smart our children are by others. We spend about 3.5 hours a day on studies. Yes, and that is plenty. Kids can learn far more in a shorter time in homeschooling situations.
Just try it.


25 posted on 08/12/2010 5:15:17 PM PDT by Walkingfeather
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To: metmom
Well, we took the plunge today and decided to start homeschooling our daughter. We are enrolling her at a private online school, which also has a local classroom we can use up to 4 days a week. This school is available nation wide if anyone is interested. Here is the website - Christian Legacy Academy. The president/owner is a very well respected member of our community and as conservative as we FReepers.

I cannot begin to express the relief I (and she) feels about not returning to public school! WooHoo

26 posted on 08/12/2010 5:53:36 PM PDT by buschbaby (Beware! I'm one of those scary stay-at-home mom Tea Partiers. I'm threatening to clean up your mess)
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To: wintertime

I heard that some of the newer, soft cover editions are not as good as the older ones, but I’ve never seen them myself.

We’ve got the older ones and we’re hanging on to them for my kids to use.

Maybe someone else knows.


27 posted on 08/12/2010 6:29:12 PM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: buschbaby

That’s great. If there’s any help or advice you need, any homeschooler on this forum can help.


28 posted on 08/12/2010 6:30:45 PM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: Mustard Plaster
...my wife and I pulled him out of public school four years ago. He graduated high school this year and won a “full ride” scholarship to Michigan State...

Congratulations! All of you are smart and hard-working!!

29 posted on 08/12/2010 7:40:01 PM PDT by Albion Wilde (" 'Bush did it' is not a foreign policy." -- Victor Davis Hanson)
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To: grobdriver

“Liberal” - bingo!!!! Liberals disdain homeschooling and portray it as an excuse for religious, right-wing zealots not to educate their children to the level that the government deems necessary. Uber-convenient for them to completely ignore the multitudes of amazing homeschool success stories. Case in point: I was recently with my family in NY and saw the Bway show Addams Family (our daughter is Bway wanna-be star!). Anyway, the 18 yo daughter makes an intentional pun to show off her ignorance and, after being corrected, she replies (paraphrase): “What do you want from me, I was homeschooled?”. Audience, of course, replies with uproarious laughter.

The only thing that “Father of the Year” John Edwards was correct about was that there are indeed 2 Americas (not the 2 he portrayed, of course) and they are flying apart at warp speed. The results, unfortunately, cannot be good.


30 posted on 08/12/2010 7:49:35 PM PDT by nuvista (Obama-care - you think that arrogant Marxist "cares" about you?)
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To: grobdriver

“Liberal” - bingo!!!! Liberals disdain homeschooling and portray it as an excuse for religious, right-wing zealots not to educate their children to the level that the government deems necessary. Uber-convenient for them to completely ignore the multitudes of amazing homeschool success stories. Case in point: I was recently with my family in NY and saw the Bway show Addams Family (our daughter is Bway wanna-be star!). Anyway, the 18 yo daughter makes an intentional pun to show off her ignorance and, after being corrected, she replies (paraphrase): “What do you want from me, I was homeschooled?”. Audience, of course, replies with uproarious laughter.

The only thing that “Father of the Year” John Edwards was correct about was that there are indeed 2 Americas (not the 2 he portrayed, of course) and they are flying apart at warp speed. The results, unfortunately, cannot be good.


31 posted on 08/12/2010 7:49:35 PM PDT by nuvista (Obama-care - you think that arrogant Marxist "cares" about you?)
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To: nuvista
My kids like to play it both ways. If they do something dumb, they say, "What do you expect? I was homeschooled!"

If they do something smart, they say, "Hey, I was homeschooled!"

32 posted on 08/12/2010 10:31:10 PM PDT by aberaussie
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