ERIC Number: EJ1053779
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
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Homeschooling Associated with Beneficial Learner and Societal Outcomes but Educators Do Not Promote It
Ray, Brian D.
Peabody Journal of Education, v88 n3 p324-341 2013
This article reviews research on homeschool learner outcomes and evaluates opposition to homeschooling. It synthesizes research on learner outcomes related to homeschooling in areas of students' academic achievement and children's social, emotional, and psychological development and the success of adults who were home educated and finds generally positive outcomes on a variety of variables are associated with homeschooling. The author identifies four classes of negativity expressed toward home-based education by the education profession, such as the claims homeschooling is bad for the collective good and that without much state regulation significant numbers of homeschooling (home schooling) parents will harm their children. The evaluation reveals that proactive opposition to homeschooling and calls for significant state control over homeschooling do not offer any empirical research evidence that homeschooling is bad for individual children, families, neighborhoods, or the collective good. The alleged harms of homeschooling or arguments for more control of it are fundamentally philosophical and push for the state, rather than parents, to be in primary and ultimate control over the education and upbringing of children so they will come to hold worldviews more aligned with the state and opponents of state-free homeschooling than with the children's parents and freely chosen relationships.
Descriptors: Home Schooling, Educational Research, Program Effectiveness, Outcomes of Education, Literature Reviews, Academic Achievement, Social Development, Emotional Development, Psychological Patterns, Adults, Life Satisfaction, Negative Attitudes, Positive Attitudes, Educational Quality, State Regulation, State Government, Governance, Government Role, Educational Philosophy, Parent Role
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