If someone asks you-“Why do you homeschool?” What do you say? Most of us would probably give the reason we initially decided to homeschool. For me, it was simply that the Lord called me to homeschool. For you, it may be another reason.
Regardless of why you began homeschooling, chances are you have realized by now the numerous advantages homeschooling offers. If you are new to homeschooling, you may still be learning what some of them are. I have been on this homeschooling journey for over 4 years, and find something new that I love about homeschooling each year.
One advantage that is particularly promising is the academic one. Most people do not homeschool their kids due to academic concerns, but some do. And whether or not that is why people homeschool it is a huge advantage.
No, not every child who is homeschooled will be a genius. Most probably won’t be. BUT, studies have shown time, and time again that homeschoolers score higher on standardized testing than their public school peers. A recent study was conducted and published in the Canadian Journal of Behavioral Science. This study compared the standardized test scores of 37 homeschooled students and 37 public school students. The students ranged in age from 5-10. The test found that public school students did typically test at or slightly above their grade level. The homeschooled kids performed about a half grade higher in Math and 2.2 grades higher in Reading.
Studies also show these students score above average on the SAT and ACT tests. Scores were especially higher in the areas of English, Reading, and Vocabulary. In the areas of Math and Science homeschooled students scored at or above the national average.
Colleges are taking notice to this statistics. Universities are seeking out homeschooled students for enrollment. Why? Because they perform well academically. They are used to working independently, have good study habits, are self motivated and they work hard!
Homeschoolers also graduate college at a higher rate than their public school peers and A 2010 study by Dr. Michale Cogan of the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota found that compared to conventional students, college students who were homeschooled earn, on average a higher first year GPA. This trend continues on each year.
Whether or not you began homeschooling due to academic concerns, one cannot ignore the academic advantages homeschooling offers.
Author: Misty Bailey
Misty is a homeschool mom of three and has been homeschooling for over 4 years. You can read about her homeschool journey and more on her blog, Joy in the Journey.