Home schooled children "accomplish more academically than in traditional schools. Home schooling uses pedagogical approaches other than those typical in institutional schools, and enhance family relationships between children and parents and among siblings" (Ray, 2016)
Is home schooling giving our children certain advantage over traditional schooling system? (Ray, 2016)
Parents of all faiths and walks of life have adopted to school their children at home due to the inherent benefits to children such an approach offers.
There is an estimated 2% to 8% annual increase of home schooled children with an estimated amount of 2.3 million presently in such ranks.
Home schooled children perform better than the average student in the social, emotional and psychological arena. Including peer interaction, self-concept, self-esteem, and other leadership skills.
Here are some facts,
"General Facts, Statistics, and Trends"
- Homeschooling – that is, parent-led home-based education; home education – is an age-old traditional educational practice that a decade ago appeared to be cutting-edge and “alternative” but is now bordering on “mainstream” in the United States. It may be the fastest-growing form of education in the United States. Home-based education has also been growing around the world in many other nations (e.g., Australia, Canada, France, Hungary, Japan, Kenya, Russia, Mexico, South Korea, Thailand, and the United Kingdom).
- A demographically wide variety of people homeschool – these are atheists, Christians, and Mormons; conservatives, libertarians, and liberals; low-, middle-, and high-income families; black, Hispanic, and white; parents with Ph.D.s, GEDs, and no high-school diplomas. One study shows that 32 percent of homeschool students are Black, Asian, Hispanic, and others (i.e., not White/non-Hispanic) (Noel, Stark, & Redford, 2013).
Quote taken from: "Research Facts on Homeschoolilng". (Ray, 2016).
- There are about 2.3 million home-educated students in the United States. This is up from one estimate that there were about 2 million children (in grades K to 12) home educated during the spring of 2010 in the United States (Ray, 2011). It appears the homeschool population is continuing to grow (at an estimated 2% to 8% per annum over the past few years).
Are home schooled students- children or adults better trained and better prepared in terms of quality, quantity and facts?
Can your home-schooled children obtain a Masters or even a Ph.D or tenure at a university if they were home-schooled? or if they obtain a Distance Learning masters or doctoral degree from an accredited university?
Legitimate distance learning Degrees
Competencies differences between DL and traditional graduates
The digital methodologies adopted by many traditional learning and other teaching institutions will need to be modified in order to adjust to new educational methods and formats of delivery. Again, this applies equally well to doctoral degrees (Lewis, 2002).
Is there value in distance learning Ph.D. programs?
Distance Learning, as a new learning method has become one of the most complex issues that face modern day higher educators and education in general. Therefore, Distance learning (DL) is beginning to give way to more accurate terms like distributed learning.
Such perception becomes instantly detrimental to a doctoral graduate applying for professorship in their institution (Fishbein & Ajzen 1975).
Cheng stated further: "Second, the religious values taught in a homeschooling environment as well as in many religious private schools are consistent with political tolerance and other values necessary for a liberal democracy".
According to the national center for education statistics, 36% of homeschooling families were primarily motivated by a desire to provide religious or moral instruction.
Another 38% said the primary reason they homeschool is because they don’t like the school environment or the way teachers teach—those numbers are also way up from a few years ago.
It is especially geared to those who wish to pursue any career at any learning institution (Donovan, Scanlon & Whitelegg, 2000). Including for the home-schooled children of today.
Timura, M. (1995). Perceptions of Human Resource Administrators Regarding Decisions to Support Distance Learning Activities for Employees. University of Connecticut. UMI Order Number 9539529.
Research Facts on Homeschooling. (Ray, 2016. Obtained July 2017).https://www.nheri.org/research/research-facts-on-homeschooling.html
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