The Number Of Home-Schooled Students Have Doubled Since 1999

Submitted by: trimble 6 months ago in News & Politics
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Is anyone else just slightly worried about what happens when this current crop of homeschooled kids all hit their late teens and they're released into the real world of college and the workforce? If you think millennials are entitled, get ready for a shit storm of...

"My dog needs to be with me at -- work, this airplane, this restaurant, etc -- because it's my emotional support AND I HAVE A DOCTOR'S NOTE TO PROVE IT."

and...

"How am I going to get through the work day without my coloring books and Play-Doh?"

and...

"It's my right to take a nap at work because of my anxiety and stress."

and the list of reasons why they can't cope with reality goes on and on and on...

An excerpt from The Washington Post:

It’s particularly difficult to tell whether parents’ reasons for home-schooling have changed. In 2007, for example, 36 percent of parents said that providing “religious or moral instruction” was the most important reason for home-schooling. It was the top-ranked “most important” reason for home-schooling that year.

Ahh... religion. Things are making a little more sense now. In summary, I blame the parents.

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There are 17 comments:
Male 68
statistics. useful if applied correctly. the raw number may have doubled but did the population double? halve? So a more telling statistic is did the percentage of home school change? so i did some research the number of school age children about the same in 2016 as 1999. Which is kind of odd when you think about it. Not as bad a Japan which is shrinking. So the more telling fact is that approximately 1.7% of students were home schooled in 1999 vs. 3.4% in 2016.
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Female 9,478
I know quite few home schooled kids. They are perfectly normal and seem more well educated then I am. Part of me wishes I was home schooled to because I always worked best on my own and at my own pace.
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Male 480
I know home schooled kids, and they turned out OK, but their parents are utter tossers.
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Male 1,816
the war on science continues.
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Male 2,771
I was home schooled in the 60's by my hippie mother. My wife and I, most decidedly not hippies - and not superstitious either, home schooled our 7 kids. None of whom fell apart upon leaving home for university. None of whom felt entitled to bring fido to work. So roughly 1/3 of those polled cited religious - and here's the catcher - MORAL reasons for home schooling. Okay, how many of that 1/3 were for moral only, and not religious reasons? And what about the other roughly 2/3's of the home schooling parents, what reasons did they cite? All while my kids were growing up, we were involved in home school collectives; Both while we lived overseas, and when we lived here in the States. Children were not sequestered away, were not coddled, learned independence and organization skills, how to prioritize their time, and learned self reliance as well as personal responsibility. My kids are thriving. Most kids I was involved with are thriving. Are their home schooled kids who aren't? Sure. I look at the environment of public education, and the quality of public education, and I am sickened. The Washington Post is a rag.
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Female 1,329
My cousin is home schooling her boys and she gets them out of the house to interact with other kids their ages. They do their lessons, but there are also field trips to museums, kid friendly activities, etc. She has to balance the learning with the interacting. With how crazy some schools are these days, I can't blame her for wanting to home school them. Also, their father, mother, and his brothers were home schooled for a majority of their lives, they went on to have successful careers and doing just fine. Three enlisted in the military and now are on the reserves while holding jobs that they love, one became a chef, and the other is running a wedding photography business.
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Male 1,509
The problem with home schooling is mostly in socialization. You learn more about dealing with problems caused by other people than actual facts while attending school. I'm not sure if its a good trade off or not.
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Male 2,087
With posts like this, it's no wonder parents turn to home schooling. But besides that, what parent would want to send their child to a school now where theres an increased risk of them getting killed by another student and becoming a statistic? Also, home schooling does require aptitude tests.
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Male 371
I've taught at university for 20 years and can spot home schooled students almost immediately. On average as compared to other students, they aren't afraid to ask questions, they are interested in learning first and grades a distant second, they sit in front, they complete all the readings and assignments, and are better educated than other students. They do appear not to fit in as well with other students, but in many cases it is because they are more comfortable interacting with adults.
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Male 2,087
I suspected this too.
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Female 4,086
the only thing i know for sure about home schooled kids is that when you let them loose and send them off to college, its OH BOY OH BOY OH BOY. they go crazy, minus any supervision and/or restrictions, they go absolutely ape-shit.
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Male 579
You know that for sure?  Because there are plenty of studies that show the opposite to be true.  Home schooled students tend to do better in life, on average, than those that attended public school.  Sure, you may have some go crazy due to lack of any supervision, but these students have often learned to thrive in a state of no supervision.  Home schooling does not mean that the child has a parent watching over them guarding their moves every second.  In fact, of the few people that were home schooled that I know, one of them was left alone for many hours every day once they were old enough.  The Mother that was doing the home schooling would provide lessons, then assign homework, then head out to run errands like grocery shopping and whatnot.  So this person was very used to being left unsupervised but knew that they had to get work done in that time.  In other words, perfect training for college.
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Male 3,442
every generation bitches about the ones that come after them. its sad and pathetic.
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Male 3,414
Its really odd, being a member of two communities ( one urban, one rural) I know a lot of home schoolers and just about all of them did not want to send their kids to public schools and simply did not want them subjected to the various religion indoctrination that comes with most private schools so they made some sacrifices to home school them. I’ve never met a home schooled person, adult or otherwise that was not a great person, articulate, wise, well versed and multi-talented.
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Male 1,468
I've met some pretty darned precocious home-schooled children. SUPER articulate and intellectual. But they don't really do well with non-home-schooled kids. Not sure why. Great with adults, great with other home-schooled children. SUPER socially awkward around non-home-schooled children.
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Male 579
This has been my experience as well.  I have met a couple who were a little socially awkward, but they did not want any of the things listed above.  It's more of a not knowing how to respond when the crew invites them to come to lunch with them, or out for drinks after work.  if you think about it, for the most part, in order for a parent to take the time to home school their children, they really have to care.  From what I see at my daughters school, the kid's who have parents that care do better than those who have parents that don't care.  If a parent cares enough to sacrifice pretty much all of their time and home school their child, their child is likely going to do good and be driven.  keep in mind that AFAIK, if you are homeschooling your child, they still have to pass all the standardized tests your state has.  If they don't, can't the parent be held liable for not ensuring their child's education?  It's not easy to home school your child.  You have to provide lesson plans and a curriculum and your child definitely needs to learn at least a bare minimum to be able to pass the tests.  In most cases though, children who were home schooled do better in the real world than students who are not.  There have been lots of studies done on it.
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Male 2,605
this topic always makes me think of mean girls. “And on the third day, God created the Remington bolt-action rifle, so that Man could fight the dinosaurs. And the homosexuals.”
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