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Can homeschooling give efficient education to students?

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Home schooling has demonstrated that it can provide quality education to students. Statistics show that those who are home schooled typically score between the 65th and 89th percentile on standardized assessments, while those attending traditional schools average on the 50th percentile. Furthermore, the achievement gaps between sexes, income levels, or race/ethnicity, long plaguing school systems around the country, aren’t found with homeschooling.

Although doubts about home schooling continue to persist, the generally positive results are not surprising. Parents who carry out home schooling have to be enormously dedicated to provide the time and effort that formal education demands. They also are in a situation where they can modify and adapt the curriculum to fit their children’s individual needs.

But given the current situation where both parents often have to work to make ends meet, the numbers of families able to do home schooling is relatively low. The percentage of homeschooled children is only 4% of all school children nationwide. Still, the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) estimates there are more than 1.5 million children being taught at home. Further, the numbers are growing. For example, in the primary school grades, the number of home schooled students is growing faster than the number of children enrolling in K-12 every year. It will be interesting to see, over the coming years, the effects it may have on traditional schooling.

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