Homeschool Headlines – 4/11/15

Homeschool HeadlinesHappy Saturday!  We hope you had a great week.

We’ve gathered more news from around the web regarding homeschooling and associated concerns.


First, a little humor. Here’s a satirical look at the state of math edumacashun in America over the last few decades.

Take a Look at the Difference In How Schools Used to Teach Math in 1950, Compared to Today

I’m not sure if this has been your experience, but I find homeschooled children are far more well-adjusted and articulate than their average public school counterpart. Despite this, we’ve have yet another article discussing the “socialization concerns” regarding a family’s choice to homeschool.  Is this really the “#1″ question anymore?  How about this question: why the heck would you choose public education?

Homeschool Parents Tackle #1 Question: What About Socialization?

Socialization happens organically when you go out in the community, and people have a perception that homeschool families spend all of their time at home, sitting at their kitchen table, filling out worksheets, and that really is not the experience of the majority of homeschool families.

And, lastly, we have an article that isn’t about homeschooling per se, but it is a topic that homeschoolers should find interesting, as many families that homeschool tend to be larger than the typical American family. The low birth rate trend seen in Europe can also happen here in America, as well as in the Christian church. Food for thought.

No Babies, Please, We’re Europeans

The future belongs to the fertile.

INFOGRAPHIC – Homeschooled: How American Homeschoolers Measure Up

I found the infographic below earlier in the week while signing up one of my children for a couple of elective classes on Florida Virtual School . It is a concise and whimsical overview of the state of the homeschooling movement in America and it provides a few fun and interesting facts that I thought were worth sharing.

Here are a few key take-aways:

  • Homeschooling is the fastest growing form of education in the country.
  • 35.9% of homeschooling parents have 4 to 6 children.
  • 36% of homeschooling parents chose to homeschool for moral or religious reasons.
  • The average homeschooling family spends only about $500 per child per year vs. the average public school student cost, which is $9,963*.
  • 99% of homeschoolers have read at least one book in the last 6 months vs. 69% of the general population.
  • On average, homeschoolers rank in the 87th percentile for national standardized tests.
  • A large majority of “grown up” homeschooled students stated that homeschooling did not limit their educational opportunities or career choices.

Interesting stuff.  Enjoy!

* Yikes.  I guess we know why property taxes are so high!

Homeschooled: How American Homeschoolers Measure Up (infographic)
Homeschooled: How American Homeschoolers Measure Up