Tuesday, September 27, 2005
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.
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.
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."
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. )
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!