So, after reviewing three different research articles in regards to schooling, it does appear that there is no harm in home-schooling if it is done correctly. In the first research article post, we heard from college admission agents that home-schooled students are “being academically and socially prepared to handle the rigors of college life and [are] at least as well prepared as graduates of public high schools.” (Murphy 2014) It has also been found that they are also as prepared when it comes to verbal, writing and critical thinking skills and that home-school students score as well or better on ACT’s/SAT’s than their public school peers. (Murphy 2014) Academically, there is no disadvantage.
The biggest worry was socialization and the risk of home-schooled children becoming social misfits. I mentioned before, this was my biggest worry and it is what I struggled with most when I was home-schooled, after doing some research, I found this is most people’s concern with home-schooling. I believe there is a very simple solution to this and it is simple to do some research. There are several activities in bigger towns and cities for families that home-school and it allows them to get their children together to socialize. I did not have that opportunity when I was home-schooled because we lived in a very tiny town, but, now we live near a big city and I have already found some great home-schooling activities.
We also determined from this research that having a positive student-teacher relationship encourages academic success and reduces stress related to academics. While there are many teachers who are wonderful and capable at forming these relationships, there are some teachers who are not. A mother and her child have a bond that is so special and, with some practice, that bond can lead to a very special home-schooling relationship where the child feels comfortable, successful and supported every day.
And finally, we discovered that while there are some significantly statistical positive effects on test results in correlation to smaller class sizes, critics are still mixed on if it is worth it to hire additional teachers just to make smaller class sizes since the difference, while statistically significant, is not that different. However, smaller class sizes are widely preferred by students, teachers, and parents. If this is the case, it is not at all a disadvantage to have a class with only your children.
Ultimately, I have found, that home-schooling could possibly have some benefits over traditional schooling, in my opinion. I have also found that there is not really a huge difference in social or educational development in home-schooling versus traditional. I have said it before, and I will say it again, after doing this research, it just comes down to your family and your preference. I have determined, in the future, if I am financially blessed to do so, I would love to home-school my children because I believe it could be more beneficial for my family.
Thank you so much for reading and please feel free to ask questions, if you have them.
(Full references for series, not just used in this post)
Chingos, M. M. (2013). Class size and student outcomes: Research and policy implications. Journal Of Policy Analysis And Management, 32, 411-438. doi:10.1002/pam.21677
Conner, J. O., Miles, S. B., & Pope, D. C. (2014). How many teachers does it take to support a student? Examining the relationship between teacher support and adverse health outcomes in high-performing, pressure-cooker high schools. The High School Journal, 98, 22-42. doi:10.1353/hsj.2014.0012
Murphy, J. (2014). The social and educational outcomes of homeschooling. Sociological Spectrum, 34, 244-272. doi:10.1080/02732173.2014.895640