One of the most persistent criticisms of home-schooling is the accusation that home-schoolers will not be able to fully participate in society because they lack "socialization." To address this criticism from a research perspective, the Home School Legal Defense Association commissioned a study entitled "Homeschooling Grows Up" to discover how home-schoolers are faring as adults. It was conducted by Brian Ray of the National Home Education Research Institute. In all areas of life, from gaining employment, to being satisfied with their home-schooling, to participating in community activities, to voting, home-schoolers were found to be more active and involved than their public school peers. This good news is in addition to the fact that the average homeshooler scores 37 percentile points higher on standardized achievement tests than the public school average.
We now have a new longitudinal study made by the Canadian Centre for Home Education. It's entitled "Fifteen Years Later: Home-Educated Canadian Adults." This study surveyed home-schooled students whose parents participated in a comprehensive study on home education in 1994, and compared those home-schoolers who are now adults with their peers. The results are astounding. When measured against the average Canadians aged 15 to 34 years old, home-educated Canadian adults aged 15 to 34 were more socially engaged (69% participated in organized activities at least once per week, compared with 48% of the comparable population). Average income for home-schoolers was higher. It is even more significant that, while 11% of Canadians ages 15 to 34 rely on welfare, there were no cases of government support as the primary source of income for any home-schoolers.
The new study showed that home-schoolers are succeeding in a wide variety of professions, and 96% of homeschoolers thought home-schooling had prepared them well for life.
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