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Who Homeschools Their Kids?
AllSouthwest News Service ^ | August 20, 02 | Bob Ward

Posted on 08/22/2002 10:39:37 AM PDT by asneditor

Like the politically active Christians described by a Washington Post writer as "poor, uneducated and easy to command," parents who teach their kids at home instead of sending them to school are often characterized in the media as snaggle-toothed Deliverance types who are suspicious of education and want their children to read only the Bible.

Like a lot of media-driven impressions, this one is wildly out of whack with reality. The U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics has published the numbers based on the Parent Survey of the National Household Education Survey Program conducted in 1999. The reality is quite different from what the education establishment -- teacher unions and educrats -- would like us to think.

Do homeschooling parents distrust education? You wouldn't know it from their own educational levels. The researchers discovered that among homeschooling parents, 22.3 percent hold graduate degrees or finished a professional school. Among parents who send their kids to school, the corresponding percentage is 16.7 percent. Also, 25.1 percent of homeschooling parents have a bachelor's degree compared to 16.3 percent for non-homeschoolers and 33.7 percent held a vo-tech degree or had some college compared to only 30.2 percent of parents who send their children to school.

In only one educational category did the homeschoolers show a lower percentage than non-homeschoolers. While 36.8 percent of non-homeschoolers had a high school diploma or less, a mere 18.9 percent of homeschoolers were so educationally deficient.

Income wise, homeschoolers are not exactly standing by the roadside with a "Will Work for Schoolbooks" sign. In the $25,000 to $50,000 range of household income the survey located 32.7 percent of homeschoolers and 30.3 percent of non-homeschooling families. They found that 19.1 percent of homeschooling families earn between $50,000 and $75,000 compare to 17.1 percent of hon-homeschoolers. At the top end, over $75,000 a year, non-homeschoolers shaded the homeschoolers 19.2 percent to 17.4 percent. Non-homeschoolers also had a higher percentage at the bottom of the income totem pole -- 33.5 percent compared to 30.9 percent for homeschool families.

The income comparisons should be viewed in the context of another important number. In only 27.9 percent of homeschool families are both parents working compared to 45.9 for non-homeschoolers. Families composed of two parent, with only one of them working, made up 52.2 percent of homeschool families and only 18.6 of non-homeschooling families of which 45.9 percent had both parents earning an income. The risky situation combination -- only one parent who is forced to hold down a job, prevails in only 11.6 percent of homeschooling families compared to 28 percent for other families.

While homeschooling is frequently associated with Christian fundamentalism, the Department. of Education survey notes that because of recent growth in the practice, homeschooling is "reaching a broader range of American families and values."

This is reflected in the reasons families homeschool and discovered by the researchers. Religious issues were cited by only 38.4 percent of homeschooling families while 48.9 percent thought their children could get a better education at home.

Also, contrary to a lot of popular opinion, only 12.1 percent homeschool because they object to what the school teaches. The survey was done in 1999 when the number of home-schooled children was estimated at 850,000. It if it were done today, that number who object to what the public school teaches, as well as the total number of homeschooled kids, might both be higher since some public schools have seen fit to instruct in Islam since Sept. 11, 2001 and the promotion of homosexuality has become more blatant since 1999.

In the last year alone, both Dr. James Dobson of Focus on the Family, a popular Christian radio show, and Dr. Laura Schlessinger, have both urged parents to remove their kids from public schools. According to an article in Christianity Today, parents are heeding that call. Marshall Fritz, head of the Separation of School and State Alliance which advocates ending government involvement in education, reports that after Dobson's broadcast some 6,000 people declared their support for his campaign.

The head of a homeschool group near Fresno, California, the magazine reports, has been contacted by close to 50 families interested in joining the group because they're "tired of hassling with the school system."

Homeschooling is catching on among the best and the brightest.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Editorial; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: catholiclist; education; homeschool; homeschoollist; nea
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1 posted on 08/22/2002 10:39:37 AM PDT by asneditor
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To: TxBec
ping!
2 posted on 08/22/2002 10:42:32 AM PDT by Black Agnes
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To: asneditor
I have met homeschooled kids and am very impressed with their intellect, demeanor and socialization skills. Two lovely young ladies attended the FRiva conference in Las Vegas with their father. These kids are very confident, and polite. They are able to carry on an intellegent, yet respectful conversation with adults. How refreshing! How novel! If my husband and I were lucky enough to have children, we would homeschool them. We don't like what is, and what is not, being taught in public school.
3 posted on 08/22/2002 10:47:17 AM PDT by Rollee
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To: asneditor; Vic3O3
My wife and I are going to homeschool.

We've also decided that a single income with my wife staying home is in the best interest of our child/future children. Yes it's meant some sacrifices, but it's been the best thing to happen.

As for education level, my wife has done some masters level work and I have my BS in engineering.

Actually as pointed out by my wife, were not yet home schooling, our #1 child is almost 9 months old.

Semper Fi
4 posted on 08/22/2002 10:56:18 AM PDT by dd5339
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To: *Homeschool_list

5 posted on 08/22/2002 11:00:07 AM PDT by Joe Brower
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To: asneditor
too expensive, (tongue-n-cheek)
6 posted on 08/22/2002 11:06:31 AM PDT by Bad~Rodeo
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To: asneditor
bump for homeschooling.....My wife who has her master's in education does the teaching, while I go out an bring in the money...I did not go to college but manage to make between 50k and 75k as a unix administrator...God is good
7 posted on 08/22/2002 11:08:21 AM PDT by Texans
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To: dd5339
My wife and I are going to homeschool.

You have chosen wisely. ;-)

We are in our 4th year of home schooling our children. The blessings are too numerous to list here. May God bless your decision. No doubt He will.
8 posted on 08/22/2002 11:14:57 AM PDT by bearsgirl90
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To: asneditor
Homeschooling works. We have two children who have graduated - one exclusively homeschooled - one attended the public high school for her junior and senior year.

They are both attending a local junior college and both have very good goals and aspirations.

Yes, sometimes it is hard make it on one income and there are certainly other challenges - however, it seems to produce polite, well adjusted, highly motivated kids (for the most part). I have seen a lot of kids come and go in the 12 years we have invested in homeschooling, and the bulk of the kids turn out great.

Not all families should homeschool - however, not all teachers should be teaching either. Nothing is perfect in this world. Usually, parents want what is best for their children - a parent will almost always be more highly motivated to provide an exceptional education.
9 posted on 08/22/2002 11:18:31 AM PDT by The Californian
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To: dd5339
we're not yet home schooling, our #1 child is almost 9 months old.

Oh, yes, you are. It's already begun!

Educators have long recognized and acknowledged the difference in students' abilities between those whose parents work with or read to them from birth and those that don't.

There is so much "education" you give your baby without knowing it - "schooling" just adds to the foundation begun as infants.

10 posted on 08/22/2002 11:46:52 AM PDT by serinde
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To: bearsgirl90; 2Jedismom; Lizavetta; wasp69; cantfindagoodscreenname; BallandPowder; wyopa; ...
A friendly bump to all of you this afternoon. We have started our 14th year of home school this past week. My time flies when you are having fun. I thought it was only about 13 years, but Mrs SLB corrected me on this. May God bless each and every home school family in the coming year.
11 posted on 08/22/2002 11:50:12 AM PDT by SLB
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To: The Californian
a parent will almost always be more highly motivated to provide an exceptional education.

Because of this, parents will search exhaustively for the best materials for their kids. And what works for one child at a particular age, may not work for the child who follows, so the parents will get the materials which suit each child's learning styles. Public school teachers are limited in what can be offered as texts and can't accomodate the different learning styles in their classrooms.

12 posted on 08/22/2002 11:53:27 AM PDT by SuziQ
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To: SuziQ
And what works for one child at a particular age, may not work for the child who follows, so the parents will get the materials which suit each child's learning styles.

We have used three different sets of math material. Saxon for one, Abeka for one and Bob Jones for another. The final outcome is the same, the process of getting there is where the difference lies.

13 posted on 08/22/2002 12:00:07 PM PDT by SLB
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To: serinde
Thanks for your reply. We started reading to her early. I read the Chronicles of Narnia to her before she was born!

Semper Fi!
14 posted on 08/22/2002 12:09:02 PM PDT by dd5339
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To: dd5339; serinde
Continue reading. We read out loud every night before bed. Our daughter that is in college still enjoys it. This summer we read Ivanhoe and Robinson Crusoe. Both the unabridged versions. Some pretty hefty reading, but they love it. Even our 10 year old daughter could follow the plots and characters. That is some task for Ivanhoe.
16 posted on 08/22/2002 12:13:57 PM PDT by SLB
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To: SLB; Carry_Okie
Carry_Okie homeschools his two daughters. I met all three in Las Vegas last weekend.
17 posted on 08/22/2002 12:16:54 PM PDT by Fred Mertz
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To: asneditor
"Who homeschools their kids?"

ANSWER: Parents who care about them.

18 posted on 08/22/2002 12:21:50 PM PDT by RANGERAIRBORNE
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To: asneditor
Among nonhomeschoolers 16.3% have a bachelors but 16.7% have a graduate or professional degree? What am I missing here...
19 posted on 08/22/2002 12:22:45 PM PDT by College Repub
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To: homeschool mama
Ping
20 posted on 08/22/2002 12:24:26 PM PDT by Fidgit
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To: The Californian
Homeschooling works.

Which is why the Education Nazis in California want it outlawed. They're embarrassed at how well it works, and how miserably they've failed to reinvent the light bulb.

As a result, homeschoolers -- both parents and children -- need to be marginalized, demonized, criminalized and condemned.

They can't have anyone escaping the liberal indoctrination net.

21 posted on 08/22/2002 12:27:47 PM PDT by Euro-American Scum
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To: College Repub
>Among nonhomeschoolers 16.3% have a bachelors but 16.7% have a graduate or professional degree? What am I missing here... 19 posted on 8/22/02 12:22 PM Pacific by College Repub

I think you're missing the fact that the statistics attend to the highest level of education reached.

I.E., a total of 33% college-educacted nonhomeschoolers breaks down into 16.3% who secured a bachelor's degree and stopped, and 16.7% went on to graduate degrees.

22 posted on 08/22/2002 12:32:27 PM PDT by OrthodoxPresbyterian
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To: OrthodoxPresbyterian
educacted

educated

23 posted on 08/22/2002 12:34:01 PM PDT by OrthodoxPresbyterian
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To: serinde; dd5339
Oh, yes, you are. It's already begun!

Oh, we know it...it's just somewhat one-sided right now, as our little one doesn't talk back yet!

24 posted on 08/22/2002 12:34:02 PM PDT by Vic3O3
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To: asneditor
Who Homeschools Their Kids?

I do.

Shalom.

25 posted on 08/22/2002 12:36:53 PM PDT by ArGee
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To: asneditor
While we don't have kids yet (I'm still in college, and we're waiting until I get my MSW to have children), my fiance and I are planning to homeschool. We thought about private schools, but they're so expensive, and he's not much more impressed with them than with public schools - he went to a private Christian school until 9th grade. I just thing it's better to teach the children at home so they don't get left behind in these huge classes today, and so they can learn more practical stuff (ie, cooking, mechanics, etc) alongside reading, writing, and arithmatic.

My nephew's homeschooled and, at age 10, he is well above his grade level, proficient in Spanish, and learning both German and how to play the violin. My parents always believed in teaching kids basic life skills, and introducing us to languages & the arts early on - the difference was that it left me with an extra 2 or 3 hours of lessons a day after I got home from public school, since both my parent's had to work back then.
26 posted on 08/22/2002 12:43:01 PM PDT by Eowyn
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To: ArGee
I'm a homeschooling parent
27 posted on 08/22/2002 1:17:46 PM PDT by SauronOfMordor
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To: Eowyn
While we don't have kids yet (I'm still in college, and we're waiting until I get my MSW to have children), my fiance and I are planning to homeschool.

It might also be good to wait until you are married. ;)

Shalom.

28 posted on 08/22/2002 1:24:36 PM PDT by ArGee
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To: ArGee
lol, of course. We're getting married on September 21. Were going to wait until I got out of school, for financial reasons, but he just bought a house, so decided now was the right time. Don't want to be "shacking up" for 2 or 3 years first, if you know what I mean.
29 posted on 08/22/2002 1:27:25 PM PDT by Eowyn
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To: joathome; Momto2; RipeforTruth; kidkosmic1; SLB; BoomerBabe; WhyisaTexasgirlinPA; Oberon; ...
Ping!
30 posted on 08/22/2002 1:28:46 PM PDT by 2Jedismom
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To: dd5339
We began homeschooling the very minute our sons were born. The first lesson? "Mama loves you." Second lesson was "This is Daddy and he loves you too." We have continued expounding on these two lessons and have just kept adding more on to them. It is the prerequisite to every lesson taught.

All the schooling we give our children would be worthless, however if we didn't tell them the Good News. And since they are home and we are teaching them continuously, it is just natural to weave that News all through their lives.

31 posted on 08/22/2002 1:35:26 PM PDT by 2Jedismom
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To: asneditor
Also, contrary to a lot of popular opinion, only 12.1 percent homeschool because they object to what the school teaches

I think it's waaaayyyy higher than that.

32 posted on 08/22/2002 1:45:08 PM PDT by Lizavetta
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To: asneditor
I believe that the most important factor is for the parents to define what education is and how to achieve it.

I believe that education is "instilling in a student an interest and a desire to learn." In my opinion, the parents are the most qualified to do that.

There are many resources in addition to the school system that are tools, they are not an education in themselves.
33 posted on 08/22/2002 1:59:45 PM PDT by leprechaun9
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To: asneditor
Who Homeschools Their Kids?

People who do not agree with the stuff the ruling class wants to implant into their childrens heads!


34 posted on 08/22/2002 2:00:21 PM PDT by Elsie
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To: asneditor
Homeschooling bump! (about to homeschool our eldest)
35 posted on 08/22/2002 2:10:57 PM PDT by whenigettime
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To: asneditor
Who Homeschools Their Kids?

Parents, usually. But, that's not important right now.

</Airplane Logic>

36 posted on 08/22/2002 2:20:15 PM PDT by TankerKC
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To: TejasRose
sounds like me, eh? LOL
37 posted on 08/22/2002 2:20:24 PM PDT by TxBec
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To: 2Jedismom; homeschool mama; BallandPowder; ffrancone; WhyisaTexasgirlinPA; WIMom; OldFriend; ...
Homeschool bump

Please let me know if you off this ping list
(you are on it until you tell me otherwise.)

38 posted on 08/22/2002 2:27:25 PM PDT by TxBec
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To: asneditor
Mrs Lurking' and I start homeschooling our 5 year old daughter this week. My Wife's the teacher, Principal, Curriculum Administrator, and all round expert. I just teach natural and physical science and such. We are excited.

Regards,

Lurking' and Mrs Lurking'
39 posted on 08/22/2002 2:29:21 PM PDT by LurkingSince'98
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To: TxBec
please add me to your ping list.

Regards
Lurking'
40 posted on 08/22/2002 2:30:47 PM PDT by LurkingSince'98
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To: asneditor
CA homeschooling parent here. I have taught my children for 7 years. I have 3 years college, hubby has an engineering degree. We live on 1 (small for here) income in the Bay Area. My children will be spending the next year in private school and I will continue to teach them at home also.
41 posted on 08/22/2002 2:36:26 PM PDT by Gal.5:1
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To: asneditor
California warns home schoolers
42 posted on 08/22/2002 2:36:49 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
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To: LurkingSince'98
Good for you!

Bump from two former teachers, homeschooling for 20 years.

Down with the NEA!

Blessings on Freepers Everywhere.
43 posted on 08/22/2002 2:38:10 PM PDT by esopman
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To: Elsie
LOL! Exactly.
44 posted on 08/22/2002 2:38:13 PM PDT by Gal.5:1
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To: 2Jedismom; homeschool mama; BallandPowder; ffrancone; WhyisaTexasgirlinPA; WIMom; OldFriend; ...
Aarrgh!! I hate typos!

Please let me know if you WANT off this ping list
(you are on it until you tell me otherwise.)

45 posted on 08/22/2002 2:38:30 PM PDT by TxBec
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To: asneditor
The researchers discovered that among homeschooling parents, 22.3 percent hold graduate degrees or finished a professional school. Among parents who send their kids to school, the corresponding percentage is 16.7 percent.

Average this out, and it seems to mean that something like 17 percent of parents of schoolage children hold a graduate degree or have finished a professional school. Isn't that percentage much too high?

46 posted on 08/22/2002 2:41:37 PM PDT by aristeides
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To: Gal.5:1
Why not just continue to homeschool them?
You can since the Superintendent is wrong (and is ignorant to boot).
47 posted on 08/22/2002 2:42:23 PM PDT by Khepera
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To: dd5339
Smartest thing you can do..homeschool....my four grandkids
(8yrs. to 17yrs.) all homeschooled all their life....17
yr. old was in National Debating Contest in Tennessee...
all are excellent piano players..all could read by age 7
and all are math whiz's....Two daughters who homeschool
them- both College Grads...majors in Math....they are so
far ahead of their peers in other schools..it is actually
embarrasing to talk to other parents about education of
their youngsers.....Jake
48 posted on 08/22/2002 3:07:14 PM PDT by sanjacjake
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To: 2Jedismom
Thanks for the ping. My husband's boss was the one who got us interested in homeschooling...or rather, he got my husband interested. I was a bit skeptical at first (no faith in my own abilities), but with ALOT of prayer and contemplation, I decided to dive in and am so glad we did! When the college here found out that my daughter was homeschooled and saw her SAT's, they wanted her to sign up that day. Homeschooling has paid off in SO many ways, that I can't count them all.
49 posted on 08/22/2002 3:18:56 PM PDT by cowgirlcutie
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To: SLB
Abeka has great language but crummy math, in my opinion. Saxon math is by far the best.
50 posted on 08/22/2002 4:45:16 PM PDT by RAT Patrol
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