In January, 2018, the National Home Education Research Institute (NHERI) released a new, updated report on homeschooling. Even though homeschooling has been an educational choice for more than three decades, myths are still common. Strangers still try to give advice about ?socialization.? Family members still think homeschoolers can?t get into college. And, friends still whisper behind our backs. In this post, I will list some common myths about homeschooling and counter them with the most recent facts as cited here by NHERI.
Myths about homeschooling
- Only conservative Christians homeschool.
- Only white people homeschool.
- People choose to homeschool mostly for religious reasons.
- Homeschoolers do not do as well on standardized tests and have a hard time getting into college.
- Homeschoolers need more regulation. Heavily regulated homeschoolers perform better than those in ?loose? states.
- Homeschooling parents should be certified teachers to make sure the children do well.
- Homeschooled children grow up to be isolated, socially awkward adults.
- Those who were homeschooled tend to be politically intolerant.
- Special needs children should not be homeschooled because they need the services of the school to be able to succeed.
Facts about homeschooling
- Lots of different types of people homeschool. These include Mormons, atheists, Muslims, and the full political spectrum.
- In fact, as many as 32% of homeschooling families are non-white.
- People choose to homeschool for a variety of reasons, most of which have nothing to do with religion. Actually, most reasons center around academic and social reasons. Among these are the ability to customize education and encourage close family bonds.
- Colleges have actively recruited homeschoolers for years now. Many even have specific entrance instructions just for homeschoolers. Studies show that homeschooled teens typically score 15-30% higher than their public schooled peers on standardized tests. The difference for black homeschoolers is even greater at 23-42% higher scores.
- Currently, there are some states that regulate homeschoolers more than others. However, the level of regulation does not affect the achievement level of those students.
- Studies show that it makes no difference if the parents are certified teachers or not.
- Homeschooled adults tend to be more involved in their churches, communities, and volunteer work than the general population.
- Actually, the opposite is true. Homeschoolers tend to be more politically tolerant than the public.
- With the one-on-one personalized instruction offered by a caring parent, children with special needs thrive in homeschooling.
The homeschooling movement is 2.3 million strong. You can add to that the 3.4 million adults who have had some experience with homeschooling. With numbers like these, it is obvious that homeschooling isn’t just a flash in the pan. Some feel that it is the fastest growing educational trend in history. Maybe. But there is still a great deal of ignorance out there. I wrote about dealing with this in our families during the holidays here .