Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Cassia Rocks!


I'm excited because my beautiful, well adjusted, talented & God filled 15 year old daughter has graduated from highschool! You Doubt?
We are a homeschool family! Cassia, Christopher and Malinda's hearts and attitudes are a great reward for the labor of love in teaching them Deutornomy 6:7 style. God has honored the time, but I have not considered it a sacrifice. We have endured much through the years (esp. at the beginning). The world would have me believe that I have given up the best years of my life and that my children have suffered greatly by not being in our governments school system or at least taught by a credited/certified teacher. I love who my children are becoming. I love that their hearts are towards God and their father and I.
I thought I would post some stats for those out there who mock the effectiveness of homeschooling.
Basic Statistics
Academically
Home school students scored significantly higher than their public and private school counterparts on SATs, ACTs, and PSATs. The studies below show homeschool students do exceptionally well when compared with the nationwide average. In every subject and at every grade level of the ITBS and TAP batteries.
Socially
Studies also show homeschoolers have accelerated maturity and are better socialized than are those sent to school. Dr. John Wesley Taylor's nationwide study revealed that the self-concept of home school students was significantly higher than that of public school students for the global and all six subscales of the Piers-Harris Self-Concept Scale. The Galloway-Sutton Study (performed in 1997), showed that from five success indicators (academic, cognitive, spiritual, affective-social and pyschomotor), comparing with public and private schooled students, "in every success category except pyschomotor, the home school graduates excelled above the other students."
Cost
The average amount spent on home schooling per child in the US is $450. Although ours is significantly lower than that. (public education systems get avg. $3600 per child (depending on the size of the institution) - see gov. edu. budg. )
Household Income
18% of home school families earn less than $25,000, 44% of households between $25,000 and $49,000.

Stanford University "last fall accepted 27% of home-schooled applicants -- nearly double its overall acceptance rate.
About 10% of top contestants for this nation's largest scholarships are homeschoolers, even though they make up less than 3% of the student population.

This website has all my stats and more articles you can read and links to follow.

WAY TO GO CASSIA!! You Rock!

4 comments:

James said...

I couldn't be more proud of my wife and children. God has shown mercy and kindness to us as we have sought to raise our children in the way they should go.

Doug said...

Deea,

You have had a blog this whole time and I didn't know it! You are a great writer and you regularly post the best comments on my blog. I will read yours now! Cassia does rock! You rock! Your family rocks! Keep going girl!
Doug

Deeapaulitan said...

Doug,
You didn't know because I didn't advertise!

When Jim talked me into this, I just did it for fun. I'm not like you and Jim who post something practically everyday. But feel free to browse or comment on whatever!
Thank you for the compliment. Writing gives me time to think before I blurt! LOL!
We love you all, and are really beginning to feel the emptiness your absence is going to leave. I'm thankful you have a blog so there will be an electronic surrogacy (sp?)!

Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

You might not even see this comment, but just in case...

I happened to read that you homeschool your children and seem to be doing a fine job.

My wife and I have two children (a nine-year-old girl and a six-year-old boy) and live in Seoul, South Korea. We're not especially thrilled with Korean schools even though my wife is Korean.

To supplement our kids' education, I've been teaching them in the evenings, but we're also thinking about turning completely to homeschooling.

I was interested to see that homeschooled kids are better adjusted than kids who go to schools and that your kids, especially your 15-year-old daughteer, are doing so well.

Would you have any advice about how to do this? We're still just considering it, and don't go to any trouble if it's too much trouble.

Jeffery Hodges

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