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Two Million Home Schooled, New Study Estimates
New American ^ | 1/11/2011 | Dave Bohon

Posted on 01/11/2011 8:12:05 AM PST by markomalley

A new study from the National Home Education Research Institute (NHERI) estimates that there are over two million children currently being home schooled in the United States. The author of the study, NHERI’s president Dr. Brian D. Ray, analyzed data from both state and federal education agencies as well as private home-school groups, concluding that there are as many as 2.346 million home-schooled students across the nation.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2010 there were about 54 million children between the ages of five and 17 in the U.S., meaning that nearly four percent of school-aged kids — or one in 25 —  are being home schooled.

Factored into the study was Ray’s calculation that an estimated ten percent of home-schooled families are “underground,” meaning that parents have chosen not to register their children with the state because of compulsory attendance laws and other concerns.

“Today, home schoolers can be found in all walks of life,” noted a press release from the NHERI, “and with … a proven record of academic as well as social success, home schooling is rapidly becoming a mainstream education alternative.”

Michael Smith, president of the Home School Legal Defense Association, called the latest numbers “remarkable,” noting that “just 30 years ago there were only an estimated 20,000 home schooled children.”

Ray predicts another “notable surge” in home schooling numbers in the next five to ten years, as those who were home schooled in the 1990s choose that education option for their own children as well.

A 2006 study by the Department of Education found that 31 percent of parents who taught their kids at home did so out of concern for the public school environment, citing such issues as “safety, drugs or negative peer pressure.” Another 30 percent said that home schooling offered them the ability to “provide their children with religious or moral instruction.” An additional 16.5 percent of parents cited dissatisfaction with “the academic instruction available” in the public schools, while about 14 percent said they chose home schooling because of special needs of their children.

While public school officials and education “experts” have tried to denigrate the home schooling option as inferior to the tax-funded marvel of public education, both research and anecdotal evidence has demonstrated that children taught at home perform better than their public school counterparts.

For example, a 2009 study by the NHERI found that home schoolers score an average of 34 to 39 percentile points higher than the norm on standardized achievement tests. According to Dr. Ray, who headed up the research, the national average for home-schooled students ranged from the 84th percentile for language, math, and social studies to the 89th percentile for reading.

The study also found that achievement gaps common among public school students do not exist among home schoolers. Among the findings:

• Home-schooled boys (87th percentile) and girls (88th percentile) scored equally well on standardized tests.

• The income level of parents was not an appreciable factor in how home-schooled students performed, with children from poorer households (incomes under $35,000) scoring in the 85th percentile, and those from wealthier homes (income over $70,000) scoring in the 89th percentile.

• Although the education level of parents did have somewhat of an impact on the results, even home schoolers whose parents did not have college degrees scored in the 83rd percentile, well above the national average for public school students.

Research also confirms that the high performance of home-schooled students continues when they reach college. The Journal of College Admission cited a recent report showing that “home school students possess higher ACT scores, grade point averages (GPAs) and graduation rates when compared to traditionally educated students.”

Research last summer by Dr. Michael Cogan of the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota revealed that home-schooled college students fare better than conventional students on a number of levels:

• They earn a higher first-year GPA (3.41) than the overall average (3.12).

• Similarly, their fourth-year GPA (3.46) bests the overall average (3.16).

• They have a higher college graduation rate (66.7 percent) compared to the overall population (57.5 percent).

According to Gena Suarez, publisher of the Old Schoolhouse magazine, on average home schoolers score “37 percentile points above the national average on standardized achievement tests and typically score above average on the SAT and ACT.”

Those numbers have caught the attention of colleges and universities across the nation, particularly private Christian institutions, which often send recruiters and admissions counselors to home school conventions and target families that teach their kids at home through direct-mail campaigns, promotions in home school magazines, and with ads on websites.

Schools such as the prestigious Wheaton College, which boasts that 10 percent of its incoming freshmen are home-school grads, sponsor such events as “Home School College Days,” where potential students can visit campuses and even meet with current college students who were taught at home. Others such as Regent University, founded by Christian media mogul Pat Robertson, flash ads on their websites touting themselves as the “the right choice for home-schooled students.”

But it is not just Christian universities that are reaping the benefits of home-schooled students. Suarez cited one successful home schooler, Seth Back, who got his GED at age 15 and is currently a student at Harvard University. Suarez noted that over the past five years, Back has earned “a juris doctor degree, passed the California Bar Exam, earned a master’s degree in church history, and studied at Oxford — all while managing his own consulting business.”

Back credits home schooling for his success, saying that because of it he was “better prepared for certain college situations than students who had been through the public/private school system.”

And what about after college? All indications are that home-schooled students are among the most prepared to take their place as productive members of society. A 2004 study by Dr. Ray and NHERI of more than 7,000 home-schooled graduates found that 71 percent had participated in ongoing community service activities compared to 37 percent of U.S. adults of similar ages, and 76 percent had voted in a national or state election, compared to 29 percent of graduates who had not been home schooled.

“Homeschoolers clearly learn about the real world, possibly more than do their public school counterparts,” commented Dr. Michael Romanowski, an education professor at Ohio Northern University. “While the purpose of public education is to educate future citizens who take an active role in improving the social, economic, and political conditions in society, Ray’s research indicates that public schools, not homeschooling, should be scrutinized for their efforts regarding ‘citizenship training.’ ”

As a relevant side-note, home school proponents point out that when U.S. Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler (R–Wash.) was sworn in for her freshman term on January 3, she became the first home schooler in modern history to be elected to Congress. They are confident that she will not be the last.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: arth; buetler; education; frhf; homeschooling; hslda; moralabsolutes; nheri

1 posted on 01/11/2011 8:12:08 AM PST by markomalley
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To: markomalley

I would, of course, need a grant to make a complete study, but my initial projections put the number of well-educated children in the US at ... approximately two million.


2 posted on 01/11/2011 8:15:14 AM PST by ClearCase_guy
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To: markomalley

So we have at least 2 million children getting a good education compared to those in the public schools.....


3 posted on 01/11/2011 8:15:38 AM PST by Kimmers (Tell a lie often enough it becomes political........)
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To: markomalley

In Atlanta today kids from all the school systems—private as well as public—are taking yet another snow day. My home-schooled daughter, meanwhile, is sitting at her computer studying algebra and writing an essay. Thanks to technology, wife and I also do most of our work from home, so why shouldn’t she?


4 posted on 01/11/2011 8:25:40 AM PST by madprof98 ("moritur et ridet" - salvianus)
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To: markomalley; JenB; metmom

ping


5 posted on 01/11/2011 8:33:57 AM PST by stainlessbanner
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To: ClearCase_guy; DManA; CynicalBear; M. Espinola; topcat54; ShadowAce; jy8z; The Theophilus; ...
There is hope for our nation, since an articulate and literate remnant is growing up to 'think God's thoughts after Him.' History is never shaped by majorities, but by principled and irate minorities who stand firm in their convictions. God spared Israel in Elijah's day because of the 7,000 hidden faithful who'd refused to worship Baal.

The Prussian model employed brainwashing techniques to transform 94% of their children into docile factory hands and cannon fodder. 4.5% of the "talented and gifted" kids received better education, to serve as the higher-functioning servitors of the state, the doctors, lawyers, teachers, and pastors. 1.5% of the kids, typically the children of the existing ruling class, got traditional, tutorial educations.

Well, our team has 4% of the school-age population. Their team, 1.5%. Our team also tends to like children more, and to have more of them. Do the math -- and the future looks bright!

6 posted on 01/11/2011 8:34:11 AM PST by RJR_fan (The press corpse is going through the final stages of Hopium withdrawal. That leg tingle is urine.)
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To: madprof98

That’s the ONE thing that my children don’t like about homeschool. No snow days. I did give them one snow day when we got our first big snow so that they could go sledding all morning.

Of course, on a cold snowy day, my oldest daughter does love cuddling on my lap to get help with her math work. Earlier, she was teaching her 4 year old sister how to crochet. I love homeschool!


7 posted on 01/11/2011 8:35:45 AM PST by christianhomeschoolmommaof3
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To: ClearCase_guy

These kids will be the core of our future leaders.


8 posted on 01/11/2011 8:40:12 AM PST by brushcop (CW4 Matthew Lourey CW2 Joshua Scott/ Kiowa pilots KIA Iraq '05. Thank you for our son's life.)
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To: markomalley

I have two that are, and I guarantee they’re getting a better education than they would have. Homeschool is not for everyone, but it’s yet another alternative to the indoctrination and propaganda at the Federal-government-run schools.


9 posted on 01/11/2011 8:41:47 AM PST by backwoods-engineer (The future? Imagine Cass Sunstein's boot stamping on Lincoln's beard, forever.)
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To: Kimmers

At least two million future leaders and producers. It’s a start.


10 posted on 01/11/2011 8:46:01 AM PST by Let's Roll (Save the world's best healthcare - DEFUND Obamacare!)
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To: 2Jedismom; 6amgelsmama; AAABEST; aberaussie; adopt4Christ; Aggie Mama; agrace; AliVeritas; ...

Good news, homeschool ping


11 posted on 01/11/2011 8:50:05 AM PST by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: backwoods-engineer

“indoctrination and propaganda”

Not only that but the crappy teaching methods that take 8-9 hours then they have to do homework besides. My kids don’t get snow days but hey they only do 5 hours on a long day. They are so far ahead of public school it’s funny.

I want a bumper sticker that say’s: my home school student could teach your honor student.

Public school is a joke and a waste of money.


12 posted on 01/11/2011 8:55:12 AM PST by jimpick
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To: markomalley
This is an outrage! Who's going to push homosex on these kids and them tell them that it's normal? Who's going to teach them that America is the cause of the world's problems? Outrageous! Something must be done!
13 posted on 01/11/2011 8:55:37 AM PST by youngidiot
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To: markomalley

These are our children, they don’t belong to the state. We are given the job by God, to raise them to be responsible truthful adults. As loving parents, why should we ship them off for 8 or 10 hours a day to be influenced by strangers and then be saddled with the task of correcting the ideas of Evolution, Homosexuality and Environmentalism that they were exposed to all day. This is akin to throwing them in the ceptic tank in the morning, pulling them out in the afternoon, washing them off and then throwing them back in the next morning.
We pulled our son from government schools in California after he finished 2nd grade and we have never looked back. He is now in 7th grade. We use Abeka Academy corriculum. Excellent accredited Teachers are on DVD in a classroom setting, teaching every subject from Bible to Science. It costs a little over $1 thousand a school year and worth every penny.( I wish we could get vouchers for property tax payed to government schools). A.C.E. is also a good christian corriculum and is less expensive. But Abeka better suits our needs.


14 posted on 01/11/2011 8:57:32 AM PST by Bullpine
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To: Kimmers
I think it is significantly more than 2 million. Although the study took account of “underground” home schooling, he did not think of the unreported children who are totally off the radar. There are a large number of home schoolers who have not gotten SSNs for their children until they are near adulthood. Right or wrong, this is a large number of people who do not even show up on the government records anywhere.
15 posted on 01/11/2011 9:03:38 AM PST by wbarmy (I chose to be a sheepdog once I saw what happens to the sheep.)
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To: markomalley

• The income level of parents was not an appreciable factor in how home-schooled students performed, with children from poorer households (incomes under $35,000) scoring in the 85th percentile, and those from wealthier homes (income over $70,000) scoring in the 89th percentile.


I am a 100% Homeschool supporter, and think these kids may be our best hope for the future of our nation.

But a little statistical analysis that a homeschooler would appreciate. The fact that homeschooled kids from poor homes do as well as from richer ones may be due not to the fact that homeschooling overcomes poverty (though it surely does to a degree), but to the fact that choosing homeschooling reduces family income because one parent likely does not have a second job.

Basically, the choice may cause the “poverty” as much as the choice overcomes its effects.

But I salute all the homeschooling kids and families out there. You’re more heroic than any ordinary government employee.


16 posted on 01/11/2011 9:05:12 AM PST by Atlas Sneezed ("If you touch my junk, I'm gonna have you arrested.")
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To: Bullpine

It costs a little over $1 thousand a school year and worth every penny.( I wish we could get vouchers for property tax payed to government schools).

I said the same thing the other day but then some very smart FRiends reminded me that if they gave any kind of tax bennies, it will open the government to put their nose into the program more than they are already. The 1,000 bucks paid with no tax breaks or vouchers is worth having the government stay out of homeschooling.


17 posted on 01/11/2011 9:07:46 AM PST by napscoordinator
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To: Bullpine

I think our curriculum cost around $700 a year. We spend about 5 month’s picking it out thought.

I agree about debrainwashing them. I had to spend hours just showing my kids the truth after they would come home from public school. I am still cleaning the B.S. they were taught out 3 years later.


18 posted on 01/11/2011 9:08:35 AM PST by jimpick
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To: napscoordinator

Thanks for the reminder. You are absolutely correct.


19 posted on 01/11/2011 9:10:58 AM PST by Bullpine
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To: napscoordinator
said the same thing the other day but then some very smart FRiends reminded me that if they gave any kind of tax bennies, it will open the government to put their nose into the program more than they are already. The 1,000 bucks paid with no tax breaks or vouchers is worth having the government stay out of homeschooling.

That's what makes me wonder about the tax status of churches. I know that churches are constitutionally exempt but if they were not would there be more sermons preached about the utter moral depravity of almost everything the government does?

20 posted on 01/11/2011 9:14:36 AM PST by Cowman (How can the IRS seize property without a warrant if the 4th amendment still stands?)
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To: markomalley

Subtract one home schooler from the list. Cause she graduated six months early.

Two down, two to go.


21 posted on 01/11/2011 9:18:36 AM PST by cyclotic (Boy Scouts-Developing Leaders in a World of Followers.)
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To: christianhomeschoolmommaof3
This makes a beautiful picture in my mind.

Thank you!

22 posted on 01/11/2011 9:29:41 AM PST by Mrs. Don-o (What does the LORD require of you, but to do justly, to love tenderly, and walk humbly with your God)
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To: jimpick
I want a bumper sticker that say’s: my home school student could teach your honor student.

Now that there's funny!

23 posted on 01/11/2011 9:34:32 AM PST by backwoods-engineer (The future? Imagine Cass Sunstein's boot stamping on Lincoln's beard, forever.)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

:)
You are welcome. Children truly are a blessing from the Lord!!!


24 posted on 01/11/2011 9:41:55 AM PST by christianhomeschoolmommaof3
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To: backwoods-engineer
I want a bumper sticker that say’s: my home school student could teach your honor student.

The future of our nation depends on who wins the raise to the top: the home-schooled lambs of the Lord's flock? Or the janissaries of the self-divinizing State?

25 posted on 01/11/2011 9:48:18 AM PST by RJR_fan (The press corpse is going through the final stages of Hopium withdrawal. That leg tingle is urine.)
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To: markomalley

We only have the one child, who will be 9 in less than a month. We are homeschooling him and he is light years ahead of the 5th grade government indoctrinated children I tutor. We are friends with several families with between 6 and 12 children who are all home schooled.


26 posted on 01/11/2011 9:50:10 AM PST by P8riot (I carry a gun because I can't carry a cop.....Eagle Scout since Sep 9, 1970)
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To: youngidiot

That actually is the underlying concern of the anti-homeschoolers.

Homeschooled kids are not being indoctrinated into the leftist worldview, and the left is PO’d!

There’s an article out called “the third wave of homeschool persecution” that everyone should read.

I want everyone to also be on the lookout for the term

“scientific illiteracy”. This is their next cover “concern troll” issue.

What “scientific illiteracy” means is questioning anthropogenic global warming, evolution, and the age of the earth. It does not mean “scientific illiteracy”.


27 posted on 01/11/2011 9:52:41 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a (de)humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: jimpick

They work for five hours a day?
We do three, including Latin.

My girls are also 2 grades ahead. Doing Algebra 1 and 2 at 10 and 13.


28 posted on 01/11/2011 10:04:18 AM PST by netmilsmom (Happiness is a choice.)
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To: jimpick

They work for five hours a day?
We do three, including Latin.

My girls are also 2 grades ahead. Doing Algebra 1 and 2 at 10 and 13.


29 posted on 01/11/2011 10:04:36 AM PST by netmilsmom (Happiness is a choice.)
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To: markomalley; SwinneySwitch; Clemenza

My new congressman’s campaign manager is home schooling her kids till they are old enough to enter a private Christian middle/high school.


30 posted on 01/11/2011 10:18:33 AM PST by Paleo Conservative
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To: Paleo Conservative

Bump!


31 posted on 01/11/2011 10:39:01 AM PST by SwinneySwitch (Nemo me impune lacessit)
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To: ClearCase_guy
I would, of course, need a grant to make a complete study, but my initial projections put the number of well-educated children in the US at ... approximately two million.

And it snowballs. 15 or so years ago they were saying there were 1 million. Those kids have since graduated. We are only just not getting into the second generation of homeschoolers. I expect the numbers to balloon quite a bit in the next 10-15 years.
32 posted on 01/11/2011 10:57:33 AM PST by TalonDJ
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To: RJR_fan

Well said!


33 posted on 01/11/2011 11:00:20 AM PST by 556x45
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To: RJR_fan

Most people I’ve talked to can’t accept that the Prussian model was used in America, they just can’t accept that the goal was as you stated “to transform 94% of their children into docile factory hands and cannon fodder”.

But it’s the truth.


34 posted on 01/11/2011 11:27:54 AM PST by webstersII
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To: TalonDJ

The left is going to HAVE to put the kabosh on this trend before it gets out of hand.

Seriously, homeschooling threatens the core of leftism.


35 posted on 01/11/2011 11:32:49 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a (de)humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: webstersII

“Most people” have been deceived by the pernicious lie that “people are basically good”,

so they can’t believe that the goals of public education would be anything except to “help people” like the leftists say their goals are.


36 posted on 01/11/2011 11:34:58 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a (de)humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: Paleo Conservative

Let’s make it 30 million in 10 years.


37 posted on 01/11/2011 4:30:24 PM PST by Clemenza (Remember our Korean War Veterans)
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