Keeping It Catholic Email List members have brought the following article to my attention. It is an article you might want to keep handy and ready the next time anyone asks you one of those "S" questions about your homeschooling endeavors. :> (By the way, all emphasis below is mine.) -MCB
Largest-Ever Study on Homeschooling Reveals Very Positive Outcomes
Salem, Oregon, Oct. 30 (LifesiteNews.com/CWN)
Dr. Brian D. Ray of the National Home Education Research Institute has just released the largest-ever study looking at the lives of over 7,000 adults from across the United States who were home educated during their elementary and secondary school years. "For nearly 20 years, critics and the curious have been asking about the homeschooled: But how will they do in the 'real world' of adulthood? As a corollary, they have also asked: What about socialization?" asked Ray. The study entitled, Home Educated and Now Adults, answers those questions.
A summary of the findings by the Home School Legal Defense Association which funded the study indicates that homeschoolers attain more post-secondary education than do their non-homeschooled peers. Over 74 percent of home-educated adults ages 18-24 have taken college-level courses, compared to 46 percent of the general US population.An astounding 95 percent of the homeschool graduates surveyed are glad that they were homeschooled. In the opinion of the homeschool graduates, homeschooling has not hindered them in their careers or education. Eighty-two percent would homeschool their own children. Of the 812 study participants who had children age 5 or older, 74 percent were already homeschooling.
Addressing one of the most important issues for many parents -- happiness for their children -- the study indicates that 59 percent of the subjects reported that they were "very happy" with life, while only 27.6 percent of the general population is "very happy" with life.
With regard to the transmission of faith from parents to children-- a major reason why many families homeschool, 94 percent of the homeschooled adults agreed with the statement, "My religious beliefs are basically the same as those of my parents."P>
Only 4.2 percent of the homeschool graduates surveyed consider politics and government too complicated to understand, compared to 35 percent of US adults. The study found much greater political involvement of adults who were homeschooled. Seventy-six percent of homeschool graduates surveyed between the ages of 18-24 voted within the last five years, compared to only 29 percent of the same US population. The numbers of homeschool graduates who vote are even greater in the older age brackets, with voting levels not falling below 95 percent, compared to a high of 53 percent for the corresponding US populace.