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Sunday, September 20th, 2009, 12:18 PM
Here a study which reveals the positives of homeschooling:

PURCELLVILLE, Virginia (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) has released a new study: the Progress Report 2009: Homeschool Academic Achievement and Demographics, conducted by Dr. Brian Ray of the National Home Education Research Institute, which surveyed 11,739 homeschooled students for the 2007-08 academic school year.

The results were consistent with previous studies on homeschool academic achievement and showed that homeschoolers, on average, scored 37 percentile points above public school students on standardized achievement tests.

"These results validate the dedication of hundreds of thousands of homeschool parents who are giving their children the best education possible," said Michael Smith, president of HSLDA.

The Progress Report drew homeschoolers from 15 independent testing services and is the most comprehensive study of homeschool academic achievement ever completed.

While the academic results are impressive, the study also showed that the achievement gaps common to public schools were not found in the homeschool community.

Homeschooled boys (87th percentile) and girls (88th percentile) scored equally well; the income level of parents did not appreciably affect the results (household income under $35,000: 85th percentile - household income over $70,000: 89th percentile); and while parent education level did have some impact, even children whose parents did not have college degrees scored in the 83rd percentile, which is well above the national average for public school students. Homeschooled children whose parents both had college degrees scored in the 90th percentile.

"Because of the one-on-one instruction homeschoolers receive, we are prepared academically to be productive and contributing members of today's society," said Smith.

The average public school spends nearly $10,000 per child per year whereas the Progress Report shows that the average homeschool parent spends about $500 per child per year.

"Homeschooling is a rapidly growing, thriving education movement that is challenging the conventional wisdom about the best way to raise and educate the next generation," said Smith.

There are an estimated 2 million homeschooled children in the U.S. today, which is about 4% of the school-aged population, and homeschooling is growing at around 7% per year.

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Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009, 06:53 PM
This is what I've been saying all along. Either homeschool or private school (investigate the private school first though they aren't all created equal). The main draw back to homeschooling is many people have two parents that work and public school serves as a type of babysitter. Then the worry about kids who don't have enough social contact with other kids.

Though the thing is as well most public education is a waste of time. You can homeschool your kids for 3 hours a day and they will still outscore the public kids. Its mostly busy work, brainwashing, and allowing slow students to catch up in public schools. The diversity is one of the biggest problems in public schools. You have all these people with varying abilities including some people are legally retarded and others who are gifted geniuses and such and your throwing them all into the same class room and trying to teach them the same thing. This is further backed up by studies. More diverse schools under perform. Its easier teaching a more homogenous group.

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009, 08:54 PM
Of course home-schoolers and private-schoolers excel. You can tailor the curriculum to the pupil's needs and most certainly you have smaller class sizes where you can pay more attention to each pupil.

I was both home-schooled for a while and then attended a small private boarding school where class sizes rarely exceeded 10 and usually were about 4-7, both were stimulating experiences, and perhaps my more scrutinising, critical approach to problems in many fields dates back right to that era.

I mean, if my History teacher at boarding school hadn't said - "There's always at least two ways to argue in historical debate, what you need is the sources to back it up" - where I would have ended up in terms of my curiosity as to investigating a historical background from more than one angle?

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009, 11:14 PM
I would like to home school any children that I may adopt, but in reality it is very hard and isolating for the parent, unless they can find others in the area that are doing the same, I did read somewhere of some very small "private" schools in Wales I think, where a few parents were getting together and effectively home schooling but in a "school" that I think would be good, although I think that these particular examples were to hippy for me

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009, 03:10 AM
'Leave no child behind' is what Bush called his program. That effectivly poured more attention to the kid who doesn't get it whereas the rest is bored.

I assume that is what really stops the smarter ones is that they don't get attention. Their minds are not fed with the right challenge but is neglected.

Blacks have a lower IQ. Its not their fault but to school them with white kids or asian kids puts those into a disadvantage. The US abolished the 3 tier system decades ago. The separation by smartness serves all of them better and is finally a healthier cultural measure.

As we also know 'black' schools get by far more money per child than 'white' schools and perform significantly worse than white schools.

I don't know whether homeschooling is good for every kid. A kid who is selfmotivated and learns by itself often just needs one little kick to understand something and then gets on easily with the rest. I observed that with two little girls from Germany which stayed with us for a year. The older one was concerned when getting back to Germany to be behind in math and physics, as the US school taught things she had a couple of years before. (Might be a matter of curriculum, I didn't investigate it). So I taught her that and was surprised by her seriousness to learn. The younger one though just enjoyed her freedom as she didn't have to learn anything.

I don't know whether home schoolers learn with their siblings, but if the older one has to explain to the younger one, they learn the subject much better. Because to explain you truly have to understand. that would work to their advantage as their brain is put to work actively.

Teachers always have a hidden agenda which is not part of the curricula. After all they have preferences, they like some kids more than others. Its just what it is. I don't blame them. But homeschool kids usually get to learn from someone who really has an interest in them personally and is benevolent to the kid.

I talked to teacher about teaching and he said it is 90 % disciplining and 10 % teaching. That would explain a whole lot.

I just encountered that


and this

They fire seasoned white teachers and replace them with crappy minorities:


Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009, 08:23 PM
that pretty much summarizes the philosophy of our whole culture (well with the exeption that the people at the top preach it but practice exclusivity among themselves). The idea that no one be left behind. That the worse people are the more money and effort is put into them, the more talented you are the more you are neglected. You obey the rules and you get no attention. Break them and suddenly you are important, in need of guidance. If you are a genius then you are typically mingled with other average kids, if you at all complain about all the problems this causes you then you are arrogant and inconsiderate of others. If you are retarded then you are "special" and you get treated like a king or something.

Basically it all seems turned on its head. We reward traits and characteristics that destroy society and we punish those that uplift society. This is something that is more primal and important than even race to me. It's insanity. It's why I'd like to move to some nation of people that think like I do, why i want to gather in groups and have my own society seperate from the mainstream. I just can't live like that and raise kids in such an environment. It literally makes me sick. It makes me think something is wrong with humanity and is why I think we need a new evolution of people to replace the screwed up people we have before us today.