As a potential homeschooling parent, you’re probably eager to know whether your child will learn as much if they’re homeschooled compared to if they go to school.
When my parents homeschooled me, my father said he believed we were all going to turn out to be ‘check-out chicks and ditch diggers’ if we were home educated. He believed we wouldn’t have a good education as ‘only school-teachers know how to teach children properly’. But, the reality was far different and he almost immediately observed our grades rising and characters improving.
Furthermore, my parents said the years they homeschooled us were the happiest years of their lives. I can also say they were the happiest years of my life too! Indeed, one of my Christian homeschooling friends jokingly lamented that ‘homeschooling had ruined her for life’ as these years involved such happy times that nothing could compare to them later. (You can read lots of interviews with homeschoolers, parents and others here).
Home Education Questions Answered Through Facts, Statistics and Articles
Researchers have been busily compiling evidence about the effectiveness of home education. I am blessed to have read many research articles over the years which I’ve compiled on this page. It outlines recent facts and statistics about homeschooling.
In other articles, we look at whether:
- homeschoolers academically perform better, worse or the same as public school students
- ‘homeschooling accreditation’ is needed to effectively move from school to college
- homeschoolers settle into university easily
- home educated graduates even need to enter college (and why I think entrepreneurial options are a better choice instead of tertiary study)
All these questions are answered in this blog (and if you have more, feel free to send me an email or comment on one of the linked posts with your questions and I’ll do my best to help you out).
Our Home Education Statistics page also looks at the following through graphs and other visual representations:
- How many home educated students are there in America?
- How much has home education grown since the 1970s?
- What education level do parents have?
- What is the ethnic makeup of American homeschoolers?
- How many hours do they study for on average each day?
- What are homeschool vs public school test scores like?
- How many children are in an average homeschooling family?
- Where do they live?
- How poor are they?
- What are the top reasons parents choose to home educate?
If you have any other burning questions on these topics, please send me an email and I’ll do my best to help you out 😊
Activities and Hours Spent Homeschooling Each Day
Another big question parents have about homeschooling is how many hours they need to homeschool for each day. Can they homeschool for only two hours a day? Can they worldschool? Are field trips good educational experiences? In short, the answers are, ‘It depends, but 2 is average,’ ‘Yes,’ and ‘Yes’. Click the links to find out more detailed answers to these questions.
Best Sources on Homeschool Statistics
Some of the best resources which will provide you with scholarly research papers and statistics on home education include the:
- National Home Education Research Institute (NHERI) – I used a lot of these statistics on the statistics page and in my book, Why on Earth Homeschool. Some great pages to look up on the NHERI website are:
- Facts on home schooling
- On abuse in home education (taking into account regulation in different states)
- Private school, public school, vs home school abuse
- How much is home education growing?
- Why African Americans home school and their academic achievement and
- Gen2 Survey of Homeschool Graduates: Spiritual and Educational Survey
- National Centre for Education Statistics (NCES) in the United States. Relevant pages from the NCES include:
These resources are commonly quoted in articles online and in many books (including mine).
(If you’re interested in Australian homeschooling statistics, head to this page for a brief overview.)
Videos with Home Education Facts
There are also some fantastic Youtube videos which give visual representations of statistics regarding homeschoolers and public-school students. The video below is one that I particularly enjoyed.
It compares common questions to do with homeschool vs traditional school such as:
- The number of homeschoolers now and the increase over the years
- The reasons parents choose to home educate
- SAT academic scores for homeschool vs public school students
- ‘Black’ homeschoolers vs ‘black’ public school academic scores
- Why homeschoolers perform better academically
- Ability to choose your educational approach in homeschools which will suit your child’s learning style more than the ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach used in schools
- Cost of homeschool vs private school
- Does a child need school to teach him socialization or can they get it at home?
- Will they miss out on extra opportunities that only school offers?
- The importance of patience in a home school.
Follow the links above to find out these questions in more detail.
Or if you’d like a very funny (!) look at homeschooling, watch the video below which covers several misconceptions about home education, namely homeschoolers:
- are sheltered and very shy
- don’t have a lot of friends or can’t make them easily
- all go to church
- don’t do any schoolwork at home
- ‘have no lives’ (that is they don’t have any life experiences)
There’s also a Part 2 to this Blimey Cow video here.