Covid-19 has unavoidably focused attention on homeschooling. For better or worse, parents find themselves cast as teachers for their own children. But what does the evidence show about homeschooling over all (“The Academic and Social Benefits of Homeschooling,” The James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal, May 13)?
Eleven of 14-peer reviewed studies found that homeschool students significantly outperformed conventionally schooled children academically. A similar pattern was seen for the social, emotional and psychological development of the homeschooled. Until now, the latter was regarded as a shortcoming.
Homeschooling is not for everyone, of course. It’s far more demanding than it initially seems. But for those who have the motivation, it is a viable option.
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