Home Schooling: Resisting the Brainwashing of the State By Mrs Vera West
The cultural wars start in the schools, and that is why many parents home school their children. But, does this harm children’s education, given that many parents are not professional teachers?
“In 1997, a study of 5,402 homeschool students from 1,657 families was released. It was entitled, “Strengths of Their Own: Home Schoolers Across America.” The study demonstrated that homeschoolers, on the average, out-performed their counterparts in the public schools by 30 to 37 percentile points in all subjects. A significant finding when analyzing the data for 8th graders was the evidence that homeschoolers who are homeschooled two or more years score substantially higher than students who have been homeschooled one year or less.
The new homeschoolers were scoring on the average in the 59th percentile compared to students homeschooled the last two or more years who scored between 86th and 92nd percentile. This was confirmed in another study by Dr. Lawrence Rudner of 20,760 homeschooled students which found the homeschoolers who have homeschooled all their school aged years had the highest academic achievement. This was especially apparent in the higher grades. This is a good encouragement to families catch the long-range vision and homeschool through high school.
Another important finding of Strengths of Their Own was that the race of the student does not make any difference. There was no significant difference between minority and white homeschooled students. For example, in grades K-12, both white and minority students scored, on the average, in the 87th percentile. In math, whites scored in the 82nd percentile while minorities scored in the 77th percentile.
In the public schools, however, there is a sharp contrast. White public school eighth grade students, nationally scored the 58th percentile in math and the 57th percentile in reading. Black eighth grade students, on the other hand, scored on the average at the 24th percentile in math and the 28th percentile in reading. Hispanics scored at the 29th percentile in math and the 28th percentile in reading.”
But what about Australia? The available data also gives a very positive role to home schooling:
“Homeschooling students are academically performing better than average according to the NAPLAN homeschool statistics. Test results indicate homeschool students got:
• 70 marks higher than average overall,
• 40 marks higher in spelling,
• 20 marks higher in writing.”
The problem with establishment schools is that they are riddled with political correctness, and problem students, so that they come to resemble prisons rather than places of learning. Remove all this nonsense, give students responsibility, and like young plants, freshly watered, in good nutritious soil, watch them flourish.