I am seriously considering homeschooling for my 7 year old son. Should I do it?

Not doubting ability to teach him,worried that he can become isolated, no siblings. Enrolled in private school, he likes his school but its curriculum is heavily tainted with Christian indoctrination. In my area, public schooling is not an option. Secular schools cost 15K, I cannot afford it.

Ross Hall, Homeschooling dad (believe me, a rarity)

Written Aug 4, 2016

Most research indicates positive outcomes for home-schooling. Here are some interesting facts:

There are now estimated to be over 2 million home-schooled students in the US, which represents approximately 3% of the total student population.

It is difficult to find precise data on home-schooling, because the reporting data from each state is different. Furthermore, it is sometimes not easy to define homeschooling – for example, some home-schooled families operate under an “umbrella” school, which provides administrative support. However, the number of home-schooled children continues to grow – up over 60% during a recent 10-year period.

Families have many reasons to choose home-schooling, including:

  • individualized curriculum
  • academic challenge
  • focus on family relationships
  • safer environment (think drugs, bullying, peer pressure, etc.
  • and, yes, religious environment

More families are coming to realize the academic benefits of home-schooling:

  • home-schooled students typically score 15–30 points higher on standardized tests (with black students scoring 23 – 42 points higher than black public school students)
  • these results are independent of family income or parent’s educational level
  • 74% of home-school educated adults (18–24) have taken college courses, compared to 46% of the general US public in the same age range
  • 66.7% home-schooled students graduate from college, compared to a national average of 57.5%
  • It’s hard to find statistics on acceptance rates to college. In 1999, Stanford University accepted 27% of home-school applicants, more than twice the acceptance rate of private and public school applicants.

Also, the families of approximately 2 million schoolchildren (and growing) choose to spend an average of $600 per year on each student, while not using the average of $11,732 spent on a student in public school each year (a savings of over $27 billion dollars in taxes).