live. They claim that their control of ed-
ucation is for the good of the children
and for a just society, but they are hard-
pressed to admit that their claims and
visions are built upon their religious-
In other words, even if “the perfect
study” were done and it showed that
homeschooling causes higher academic
achievement and average social-skill
development, many of the scholarly
negative critics of home-based education
would still not promote it. Many of these
detractors would not promote home-
schooling because such education re-
moves these children from the influence
of these scholars and the government/
public system of teaching, training, and
indoctrination of which they are fond
and from which they benefit.
Remember that the above was a thought
experiment. The findings have not been
found. The biases of many of the negative
critics of homeschooling and of research
on homeschooling, however, are fairly
clear if one gives their writings a careful
reading. Even “average,” when it comes to
comparing the homeschooled to the public schooled, should be lauded by the fair-minded and perfectly objective. Far too
many homeschool antagonists, however,
are anything but perfectly objective.
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.
Note: You can keep the think tank
NHERI and Dr. Ray doing this work by
donating here: http://www.nheri.org/
donate.html. NHERI is not publicly/tax
1. Ray, Brian D. (2013). Homeschooling associated with beneficial learner and societal
outcomes but educators do not promote it.
Peabody Journal of Education, 88( 3), 324-
341 and ( 2) Murphy, Joseph. (2012).
Homeschooling in America: Capturing and assessing the movement. Thousand Oaks, CA:
Corwin, a Sage Company.
2. Retrieved June 24, 2015 from http://www
And_Estimates 2015 03 11a.pdf.
3. For example, see: Ray, Brian D. (2013).
Homeschooling associated with beneficial
learner and societal outcomes but educators
do not promote it. Peabody Journal of Education, 88( 3), 324-341.
4. Apple, Michael W. (2006, December 21).
The complexities of black home schooling.
5. Fineman, Martha Albertson. (2009).
Taking children’s interests seriously. In Martha
Albertson Fineman and Karen Worthington (Eds.), What is right for children? The
competing paradigms of religion and human
rights, 229-37. Burlington, VT: Ashgate
Minutes Per Day Words Read Per Year
Books Texts Books Texts
98 65.0 67. 3 4,358,000 4,733,000
90 21. 2 33. 4 1,823,000 2,357,000
80 14. 2 24. 6 1, 146,000 1,697,000
70 9. 6 16. 9 622,000 1, 168,000
60 6. 5 13. 1 432,000 722,000
50 4. 6 9. 2 282,000 601,000
40 3. 2 6. 2 200,000 421,000
30 1. 8 4. 3 106,000 251,000
20 0.7 2. 4 21,000 134,000
10 0.1 1.0 8,000 51,000
2 0 0 0 8,000
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Far too many homeschool antagonists, however, are anything
but perfectly objective.