The researcher is careful, however, to
explain that this is a first study and the
sample of participants is drawn from a
very specific college background.
er that cause-and-effect (e.g., between
school type and political tolerance) can-
not necessarily be established from this
contemplates the following:
Two theories for why homeschooling
may cause an increase in political tol-
students who are homeschooled
may attain a greater degree of
self-actualization because home-
schooling is highly conducive to
personalized instruction and enables
students to be taught a consistent
ues taught in a homeschooling envi-
ronment as well as in many religious
private schools are consistent with
political tolerance and other values
necessary for a liberal democracy.
More research and more time might
shed more insight into the political tolerance of adults who were home educated
compared to those who attended institutional public and private schools. For
appears that those who are worried about
homeschooling have less about which
to be concerned. Perhaps, in fact, this
study’s findings should encourage them
to promote home-based education.
Brian D. Ray, Ph.D., is president of the
National Home Education Research Institute, a nonprofit research and education
organization. Dr. Ray often serves as an
expert witness in courts, testifies to legislatures, and is interviewed by the media.
Brian is married to Betsy and they have
eight children and four grandchildren.
To learn more about research like this
schooling. Educational Leadership, 59( 7),;56-59;
with beneficial learner and societal outcomes but
educators do not promote it. Peabody Journal of
Education, 88( 3),;324-341;;p.;333.
4. Cheng, Albert. (2014). Does homeschooling or private schooling promote political
Intolerance? Evidence from a Christian university. Journal of School Choice: International Research and Reform, 8( 1),;49-68,;DOI:
. . . It appears that those who are worried about homeschooling have less about
them to promote home-based education.
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