Homeschoolers Are Coming to Get You!

You might have heard that last week a homeschooled student was sworn into Congress, the first such Representative in the modern era. People like Beutler and Tim Tebow are gradually making it harder to dismiss the homeschooling phenomenon as a movement of freaks and geeks.

But you may still not realize the size of the homeschooling movement. Even I was surprised yesterday to see this statistic: the number of homeschooled students in the U.S. is now estimated at over 2.3 million. When my wife and I first decided we would homeschool our kids back around 2001 or 2002 (before we had any), estimates hovered around 1 million.

Enough time has passed since the modern homeschooling movement began (early 1980s) to start compiling some real statistics about the performance of these students. This article summarizes some findings from recent studies, among which are a smaller (non-existent, really) achievement gap between boys and girls than is found in public schools. Homeschooled students also have higher levels of academic achievement than their schooled peers as well. This trend holds true across income groups, undermining the argument that only those from privileged economic backgrounds get these benefits.

Opponents of homeschooling often argue that the students are not being “socialized” sufficiently. But studies show that homeschoolers have higher levels of civic involvement and community service.

So what’s the downside? Pssst . . . if you homeschool your children, you’ll make less money than you would if both you and your spouse were working full-time. But if you’re willing to give up that trendy neighborhood, expensive forms of entertainment, and frequent restaurant visits, you might just find out that it’s worth it.

About Dr. J

I am Professor of Humanities at Faulkner University, where I chair the Department of Humanities and direct online M.A. and Ph.D. programs based on the Great Books of Western Civilization. I am also Associate Editor of the Journal of Faith and the Academy and a member of the faculty at Liberty Classroom.
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5 Responses to Homeschoolers Are Coming to Get You!

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  3. Vicki says:

    So happy to find your article about homeschooling. I’ve not kept up with the homeschooling movement since both our sons finished and went on to college after studying at home.
    Both our sons were so different in the ways they learned and socialized. Our oldest son often thanks us for bringing him home to study. I believe our youngest son took a little longer to see the benefits of studying at home. He now has a family and trying to return to college along with helping his little daughter with her homework.
    Could write more and more about homeschooling and the benefits, but just wanted to jot a note as I enjoyed reading your post “Homeschoolers Are Coming to Get You!”

  4. Rudy says:

    I have two nieces who look like they might be home-schooled. This was wonderful reading, and will give impetus to my brother to really push into this for his daughters.

    I’m especially pleased about the “social” aspect. We have a big family, so that would have never been a problem for the girls, but others will be encouraged to know how civic-minded these kids are.

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