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The Top Ten Questions About Home Education

Below are some suggestions when answering these questions:

  1. "What do you do about SOCIALIZATION?"
  2. Be creative when answering this question. Share examples of your children's extra curricular activities such as sports, 4-H, Boy Scouts, etc. Remind them that socialization is being able to effectively interact with all members of society-not just a child's peer group.

  3. "Is home schooling legal?"
  4. Home schooling is legal in all 50 states in the US.

  5. "Why do you home school your children?"
  6. Each individual has their own unique reason-don't be afraid to share yours with the congressman. Studies have show that over 90 percent of those home schooling do so for religious reason. In other words, they believe it is their duty as a parent to train their children in high moral standards and virtuous principles.

  7. "Who ensures that they get a good education?"
  8. Some states have more regulations than others; however, studies show no correlation between regulation and better performing students.

  9. "What about families who abuse their children?"
  10. We are 100 percent against child abuse and believe those who do abuse their children should be prosecuted and punished. However, there is absolutely no evidence that home school families tend to abuse their children and, like everyone else, home schoolers should be held innocent until proven guilty.

  11. "Can you get a high school diploma?"
  12. Yes. Diplomas are only as good as the school they come from. After home schoolers complete their high school course work most receive a diploma issued by their parents or through an umbrella program.

  13. "How do home schoolers do on achievement tests?"
  14. A 1998 study conducted by Dr. Larry Rudner of the ERIC Clearinghouse on Assessment and Evaluation found home schoolers scoring on average in the 80th percentile on standardized academic achievement tests. This is 30 percentile points higher than their public school counterpart's average.

  15. "Can home schoolers get into college?"
  16. The National Center for Home Education has compiled a list of over 700 colleges and universities that have accept home school students-including all of the Ivy League schools and all the military academies. Dozens of these schools are actively recruiting home schoolers because of their outstanding achievement on standardized and collage entrance exams.

  17. "How are you going to teach calculus and physics?"
  18. Only 10 percent of public school students even take these two courses. If home school students desire to take these courses, they do so in the following ways:
    Video course are available through several curriculum providers;
    Home school co-op classes are frequently taught by a parent-expert; and
    courses may be taken at community colleges

  19. "How many home schoolers are there?"
  20. There are an estimated 1.7 million home school students in America. This is equivalent to the public school population in the state of New Jersey.