Dr. Brian D. Ray
. . . What does research
say about the long-term
outcomes of homeschooling?
“Okay, it appears that the homeschooled students core well above average on achievement tests in elementary school and high school. And I am
willing to concede my experience and research I have read suggest they seem
to know how to get along with others—that is, they are not aggressive
social isolates wearing camouflage
pajamas in the grocery store. But
what about the ‘real world’!? Will
Suzy even want to vote? Will
Tyrone ever succeed once he
gets into college?” These are
now common statements and
concerns from Mr. and Mrs.
Homeschool graduates hear
these things. Novice and veteran homeschool parents have to
deal with them. Grandparents
of homeschoolers still wonder.
And negative critics of homeschooling may never give up.
But what does research say
about the long-term outcomes of homeschooling?