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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

From the perspective of pure numbers, here's a picture of homeschooling, compliments of the HSLDA, Homeschool Legal Defense Association. Homeschooling by the Numbers [Infographic]


Stan said...

Interesting graphic. In one respect I would think it was a given that a single teacher teaching 1-7 children would produce better education (as in SAT scores or comparison of homeschoolers versus public schoolers) than a single teacher faced with 30-50 kids. On the other hand, I wonder why it is that there are more males than females taking SATs from homeschoolers and more females than males from public schools?

One fellow I recently talked to (who you know intimately) told me that he thought that it was a sin for a Christian to send their kids to public schools. I don't know if you concur, but I do wonder if it is possible for a child to get a college education homeschooled. (I don't mean going on to a university after being homeschooled. I mean actually getting the education at home.) Do you know? (Just curious.)

Kathy said...

Stan, you're a good question asker. You're making my brain work hard!

I think there are a number of reasons the stats show the way they do in relation to the SAT participants. Just guessing, but could it be that fewer female homeschool students pursue a college-level course of study that requires SAT scores? It would be interesting to know how they comprised their numbers, also, for the ratio of females to males from public school taking the SAT exam. And of course, I know the answer to neither of your questions!

Is it a sin to send one's children to public school? According to my beloved, yes, but to me? I have yet to put it in the sin category, but can say it breaks my heart when someone does. I see it as a home invasion in a slight-of-hand kind of a way. The richness that is added to a homeschooling family is untold and nearly impossible to articulate, and it grieves me when a family I know and love has to miss out.

I think it would be hard to put together a course of study that would be of the caliber of a college education. It's something I've never considered,and it may be more possible than I'm aware. Other than enrolling in an online program, I've not heard of anyone doing what you've mentioned.