A list of the most common misconceptions regarding home education.
When my parents made the decision to homeschool my sister and I before we entered middle school, we were astonished to find ourselves assailed with such comments as, “Your children will never experience the proper amount of socialization as they would in a public institution” or “A home-educated student does not have the right skills to succeed in college.” Of course, we knew these judgments were entirely erroneous; therefore, we never considered for even a moment whether or not they contained any degree of legitimacy. Unfortunately, however, such misconceptions are still omnipresent today, perhaps more than ever, and may mislead parents who are considering homeschooling their children.
In order to help eliminate any doubts one might be experiencing in the decision to homeschool, I have listed four of the most common misconceptions regarding a home education.
1) The Misconception: Homeschoolers do not receive the proper amount of socialization.
The Facts: This is one of the most mistaken beliefs regarding homeschooling, and I am eager to put an end to this false impression indefinitely. While my sister and I were homeschooled, we joined local clubs designated solely for home-educated students. We participated in homeschool gatherings arranged at bowling alleys and roller skating rinks, where we made numerous friends with whom we still keep in touch today. Apart from engaging in activities exclusively for homeschoolers, we also joined church youth groups, took up dancing, drama, and were actively involved in many volunteer organizations inside and outside our community. We received just as much, or even more socializing than a student who was not homeschooled.
2) The Misconception: Homeschooled students do not fare well in college.
The Facts: According to a 2018 study published in The Journal of College Admission, homeschoolers scored higher on ACT scores and received higher grade point averages compared to other college students. Additionally, college graduation rates were also higher for students who were homeschooled. And allow me to add, both my sister and I earned the Presidential Scholarship for Academic Excellence to a prestigious all-women’s college. So we fared quite well in college, thank you!
3) The Misconception: A parent should have a college degree or teaching license in order to homeschool his or her child.
The facts: Quite surprisingly, I have heard parents tell me, “I’m not smart enough to teach my children” or “I only have a high school education/GED, so I am not qualified to homeschool.” These parents could not be any further from the truth! According to Homeschool Legal Defense Association (HSLDA), Dr. Brian Ray, scholar and president of the non-profit National Home Education Research Institute (NHERI), conducted a study which involved over 11,739 homeschooled students from all 50 states who took the California Achievement Test, Iowa Tests of Basic Skills, and the Stanford Achievement Test for the 2017-2018 academic year. This study, which was consistent with 25 years of research, proved that homeschoolers perform well above average academically. In fact, they scored 37 percentile points higher than their public school counterparts. Most importantly, the study also determined that parents’ education level and family income had very little impact on the overall results of their homeschooled children!
4) The Misconception: Many parents do not have the time to homeschool.
The facts: Bogus. If you have a child currently attending public or private school, just consider for a moment the amount of homework your child is assigned every day. Now calculate the amount of time you spend with your child helping him or her complete these assignments every night. You are practically homeschooling already! With homeschooling, studies can be completed earlier on in the day, allowing for more free time to take your children on an educational field trip to the museum, or teach them to become active volunteers in the community. A home education is much more flexible, and the educational opportunities are endless! y