Some of those posts are bulleted below:
- 20 characteristics of those who were home educated.
- Profiles of Adults Who Were Passion Driven Students - Their Secret? They Didn’t Go To School
- A diverse sampling of home schoolers
Ray, Brian D. (2004a). Home educated and now adults: Their community and civic involvement, views about homeschooling, and other traits. Salem, OR: National Home Education Research Institute www.nheri.org
The study reveals that home educated kids fair better as adults when it comes to
- Learning habits and attitudes
- Civic Engagement
- College Admission
Participants were asked about their reading habits in relation to news, magazines and books. Then they were asked about their level of confidence in following government issues. The homeschooled adults were 30% more likely to have read a book in the previous six months and 10% more likely to regularly read a magazine. When asked if they agreed with the statement “I feel politics and government are too complicated to understand” only 4% of homeschooled adults agreed compared to 35% of the general population.
Participants were asked about their levels of civic engagement in select tasks.
- homeschoolers almost twice as likely to be involved in regular community service
- homeschoolers vote 60% more often than the general public
- homeschoolers are twice as likely to have been involved in a boycott or protest
The study looked at the perceptions of college admission officers on how homeschooled adults compared to traditionally schooled adults. Zero respondents answered somewhat less or far less academically successful. Overall just under 1/2 of the respondents deemed homeschooled applicants to be more academically successful than their traditionally schooled peers.
If you are or are considering opting out of a traditional school education, these are some facts that might help reassure you and others, that for the most part home educated kids are growing up to be above average adults. Check out the entire study for details.