Well Being: Homeschooling

The teacher’s union and the pandemic make homeschooling an obvious choice.

Robert W Malone MD, MS 1/9/2022

Why homeschool? Why support people that you know who homeschool?

Let’s start with some homeschooling statistics

  1. Homeschoolers made up 6.73% of all school-age children (K-12) in the U.S as of 2020/2021.
  2. There were 3.7 million homeschool students in the U.S at the end of 2020 and estimates show that the last two years homeschooling has increased at least 10% per year. That means an estimate of 5.5 million children are being homeschooled for the 2022/2023 is probably fairly accurate. However, the hard data has not been updated since 2018.
  3. A study led by Michael Cogan by the University of St. Thomas revealed that the homeschool graduation statistics are 10% higher than that of students from public schools.
  4. Homeschooled children score 15-30% higher than students in public schools in the standardized academic achievement exams. This is based on reports from The National Home Education Research Institute in 2015.
  5. The National Home Education Research Institute report shows that, irrespective of the parent’s educational level and financial level, homeschoolers can score well.
  6. The top reason for homeschooling is a concern about school environment.
  7. Homeschool students outperform institutional school students academically.
  8. 48% of homeschooling households have three or more children.
  9. The average cost of homeschooling is $700-$1,800 per student annually.
  10. Homeschooling saves about $56 billion of taxpayer money annually (probably more now).
  11. There are almost no studies being conducted on homeschooling best practices and outcomes. Statistics are few. Peer reviewed studies even fewer.

I am biased in favor of homeschooling. Jill and I homeschooled our two sons through middle and high school in the 2000s. At the time, this was fairly unusual and resources were scarce. That said, Jill took the lead and we have never regretted the decision. In retrospect, we should have pulled our boys out of the public school system much earlier.

We do believe that children are social animals, they need companionship. That parents must find community for their children and for themselves. I think this is partly the reason why 48% of homeschooling households have three or more children. Homeschooling isn’t for everyone or every family. A stable home life, a parent(s) who have the time and resources and a commitment to the process are important.

There are many ways to teach children. There is no one perfect way. That different children do better with different styles is obvious.

However, I believe that, given the sad state of affairs of so many public schools, homeschooling is a much better alternative at this time. There is also the benefit of teaching children family and community values.

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