The results are in: practical education at home versus public schools
There are many quality studies indicating that hands-on homeschooling on average develops better quality students. Part of this effect can be explained by observing that parents have a say in enrollment no matter which route they take. A father who is truly involved in his children’s education helps to motivate the student, which results in better results.
As reported in one of the studies sponsored by the Department of Education, scores on homeschooling practice tests were especially high. The average score for each grade was much higher than that of public and even private and Catholic school students.
The typical homeschooled child in grades one through four was one grade higher than his peers. Once students had reached the equivalent of eighth grade, they were in the region of three years ahead of those who had attended a public school.
One factor in those findings that should be noted is the consequence that public schools are doing a particularly poor job, not simply that homeschooling has been doing better. However, practical homeschooled students often outperformed those in private schools.
Also, the costs are much lower as well. Public education schools often spend an average of $6,000 per year for each student; private schools spend just $3,250. Homeschooling is by far the lowest at $600 per student each year. Of course, that last figure doesn’t take into account the time a parent spends on free tutoring that a school teacher would be paid for.
It is estimated that more than one million students are homeschooled across the United States each year. Hundreds went to universities and colleges and in many cases the most difficult and prestigious ones to gain admission. In hands-on homeschooling, there is a lack of peer pressure that will annoy those who show enthusiasm for learning. Instead, there is a caring guardian or parent who encourages the best from within the child.