So if you stumble across this place and decide for some reason you’d like to contact me, the simplest way is via @pzrq on twitter =)
The biggest problem w #homeschool is your kids aren’t gonna get the practical social knowhow they need to be part of any real team/workplace
@pzrq My Hsed children R able 2 interact in conversation w/ all ages, not jst their same aged peers. cnt say that 4 PS children. #homeschool
What effect does homeschooling have on a child’s social outcomes? And how does that effect compare to that of public/private schools?
imagine [you’re]…watching the street…in New York, and [you] noticed that suddenly everyone put their umbrellas up and, oh, look, then windshield wipers all began going on the cars. Well, if you didn’t know any better, you didn’t understand anything about what was really going on, you could say that raising umbrellas caused windshield wipers to go on.
- HSLDA Homeschool Progress Report, 2009 http://www.hslda.org/docs/study/ray2009/2009_Ray_StudyFINAL.pdf
- NCES Homeschooling Brief, Dec 2008 http://nces.ed.gov/pubs2009/2009030.pdf
- NCES Homeschooling Report, from 2003 data http://nces.ed.gov/pubs2006/homeschool/
- Home-based education effectiveness research and some of its implications, Dr Doland Meighan http://www.education-otherwise.org/HE/Home-based%20education%20effectiveness.pdf
- Google Scholar, e.g. http://scholar.google.com.au/scholar?q=homeschooling&hl=en&btnG=Search&as_sdt=2001&as_sdtp=on
The answer will not be heartening to obsessive parents : in this case, school choice barely mattered at all…a student who opted out of his neighbourhood school was more likely to graduate whether or not he actually won the opportunity to go to a new school…the students – and parents – who choose to opt out tend to be smarter and more academically motivated to begin with. But statistically they gained no benefit by changing schools.
-Steven D. Levitt, Freakonomics, International Edition, HarperCollinsPublishers, Ch5 What Makes a Perfect Parent?
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