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Home Schooled Students Top One Million

February 3, 1999

Parents concerned about violence at public schools, or who fear their children will be intellectually short-changed by poor teachers, are increasingly teaching their children at home.

  • There are now more than 1 million young people being educated at home.
  • While some critics object that home-schooled children are socially deprived, a study by Brian Ray of the National Home Education Research Institute found the typical home- schooled child is regularly involved in 5.2 social activities outside the home -- such as after-school and weekend ballet classes, Little League, scout troops, church groups and neighborhood play.
  • Ray found average test scores for the home-schooled are 30 to 37 percentile points higher than those of other students.
  • Observers point out that home-schooled children tend to draw their primary social identity from their membership in their family -- rather than from membership in a particular peer group.

Source: William R. Mattox Jr., "Hidden Virtues in Home Schooling," USA Today, February 3, 1999.


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