Homeschooling vs. Traditional Schooling
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Did you know that some of the best freshmen in institutions of higher learning are home educated? That’s right, in fact, home-based education has produced not some, but most of the brightest campus minds. From recent records, there are about 2.2 million home-educated students in the United States. There were an estimated 1.73 to 2.35 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).This impressive records hold despite the basic assumption that a home environment does not provide the optimum conditions required for the development of a highly intellectual high school graduate. Record has it in favor of home-based education. According to the Galloway 1995 study, homeschool graduates outperformed their counterparts on the ACT English subtest. The Jenkins 1998 study found that homeschool students had a higher average grade point average as compared to their counterparts and out-performed them in reading and mathematics on the Texas Academic Skills Program. Finally, the Gray 1998 study found minimal differences between the two. In the analysis of the home educated, we will consider both the home schooled and the schooled at home. Home schooled means that the children are taught from home by their parents or other shared teaching service. In this case, the parents are fully responsible for the education and resources (Bohon, 2012). On the other hand, schooled at home means being taught from home, but the education is provided by a certified public school system, whether via the Internet or by correspondence. Parents strictly hold the position of a mentor. The actual teaching is performed by a certified teacher using a curriculum similar to that used by public school students....