More Parents are Choosing Home Education as an Alternative to Private Schools
People are choosing homeschooling over private schools, as an alternative education for their children in record numbers in North Carolina.
Parental concern about drug use and negative peer pressure in schools are top reasons parents make the choice to teach their kids at home. Other reasons include a desire to share their own faith with their kids. Many parents simply want to take advantage of the opportunity to provide a “one-on-one” academic experience that students would be unable to receive at either a private or public school setting.
Home education is less expensive than private schools, averaging around $500-1000 in curriculum expenses each year in our state, but overall, homeschooling has great shown results.
Standardized assessment exams (done yearly in NC) show average homeschoolers score in the 65-89th percentile range. Homeschooling also provides a good academic foundation so that students taught at home fare well at the college level. A 2010 study by Dr. Michael Cogan of the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota, found that college students who homeschooled in high school have higher than average GPA’s throughout their college years. Homeschoolers have learned to stay the course through some rough waters, resulting in higher graduation rates than private or even public schooled students.
Another great thing about homeschooling is that we have more time for a higher level of civic involvement and community service and this carries on into adulthood. According to reports by the HSLDA who recently surveyed homeschooled grads:
“76% of those surveyed between the ages of 18 and 24 voted within the last five years, compared with only 29% of the corresponding US populace. The numbers are even greater in older age groups, with voting levels not falling below 95%, compared with a high of 53% for the corresponding US populace.”
These increasing numbers say some things to me about the future of home education:
- More choices- as home educators have become more “mainstream”, I have noticed more companies offering homeschoolers educational discounts similar to the ones received by other schoolers. More classes and curriculum are available. Better quality and more choices add up to more resources we can use to give our children the very best education.
- More diversity- as more people choose to teach their kids at home, we are blessed by having a greater variety of families to learn with, and socialize with!
- A better education for ALL children.-as people make the move to homeschool, private and public schools will also make better choices as they strive to woo back parents and students.
It is really exciting to see how much is happening in homeschooling circles. I think we can look forward to a growing future for all students in North Carolina!