A growing body of research indicates that homeschooling graduates excel. Eleven of the 16 peer-reviewed studies on success in adulthood (including college) showed that students who study at home performed better in terms of political tolerance, college GPA and college retention than students in conventional schools. Researchers at Harvard University have just published the findings of their new study that show positive results for students learning at home. In an article published in The Wall Street Journal last week, Brendan Case and Ying Chen, of the Harvard Human Flourishing Program, concluded that public school students “were less lenient and less able to volunteer or attend church services than their homeschooled peers”.
Remote learning provides students with a platform that can catapult them to long-term success. In the United States, there are about 2 million children who are homeschooled, with an annual increase of between 7 and 15 percent. Globally, nearly 40 countries have banned homeschooling or have restrictive laws. So, do homeschoolers do better in life? The answer is yes! A study of 20,000 homeschooled children revealed that they scored better on tests than those in public schools.
This was particularly evident in children who had been homeschooled up to the high school level. In another study, students studying at home on the SAT test scored about 67 points higher than the national average. Students who learn at home do better because they have more control over their school experience. Remote learning is effective, flexible, relaxed and each student has the opportunity to “choose their own adventure, so to speak”.
From improvised nature walks to virtual study sessions, the life of a student learning at home can be unique and exciting. The individual time children can have, as well as the kind encouragement of loved ones and the lack of social pressure or harassment from peers, allow students to feel comfortable in their learning environments and to excel in their academic endeavors. Research helps demonstrate how the strengths of students who study at home overcome their weaknesses, but more extensive knowledge is needed to demonstrate this. Researchers also suspect that the well-being gap between students studying at home and students in public schools has widened over the past decade, and that those who study at home are faring even better.
Students' initiative and agency to pursue their interests, the freedom to reflect and imagine, and inner learning in warm personal relationships are also recognized benefits for homeschooling. The teachers' responses indicate how students who study at home value learning, are prepared for writing tasks, and are more engaged. The National Education Association cites concerns about socialization and the integrity and quality of a homeschool curriculum. It's no secret that homeschooling is very different from the traditional school system and its learning methods.
However, despite these concerns, it has been shown that students who are given the opportunity to thrive in a remote environment like this often perform better on exams and are even more successful in higher education. In conclusion, homeschooling can be an effective way for children to learn if it is done right. With more control over their school experience, students can choose their own adventure and excel academically. Despite some concerns about socialization and curriculum quality, research has shown that homeschoolers often perform better on pre-university tests and standardized tests than those in public schools.
Therefore, it is safe to say that homeschoolers do better in life.