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Monday, October 22, 2012

Back to School, or Homeschool?

Many Americans recently rushed to put their children back in public school for another year, but approximately one in 30 students returned to homeschool instead of a public school. A mere 30 years ago, homeschooling was illegal in most states. But now, homeschooling is accepted, if not preferred, by parents, employers and colleges.

The NFL quarterback Tim Tebow was homeschooled all the way to college. Last year’s Miss America was homeschooled, too. Homeschooled students score higher on standardized tests than public school students do. Public school students cost taxpayers about $10,000 apiece per year. Homeschooled students, in contrast, cost taxpayers nothing and their own parents spend perhaps only about $500 a year on a student’s education. That vast financial disparity is unlikely to last because, increasingly, taxpayers are asking what they are getting for the money they spend on public school. The answer is not pretty. 30% of public school students do not graduate with a high school diploma, and 77% of public school students have used unlawful drugs. A third of public school students are overweight, and a significant percentage are addicted to cigarettes or alcohol, or both. Most public school students are ignorant about the Bible and basic American history.

College admission officers may be thinking twice before they accept a public school student. What college wants to admit a student who is not prepared for college-level work, has lower test scores, and might bring drugs to campus?

Many great Americans were homeschooled, and we are all better off because of it. Thomas Edison, for example, was pulled out of his elementary school by his mother after his teacher mentioned her low opinion of the child. From the independent creativity that Edison was then able to develop, the world gained the the light bulb, the phonograph, and numerous other marvelous inventions.

If you know someone unhappy with public school, now is a good time to suggest homeschooling.

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