Worthwhile Reads: Homeschool Research

Back when I was working on putting together the homeschooling section of my blog, I found some really interesting tidbits. I though I’d share a few here:

Why Homeschooling Should Be Regulated

Why Are So Many Homeschoolers Fundamentalists?

The methodological problems with research done by the National Home Education Research Institute (NHERI)

The connections between the HSLDA and the NHERI

About Libby Anne

Libby Anne grew up in a large evangelical homeschool family highly involved in the Christian Right. College turned her world upside down, and she is today an atheist, a feminist, and a progressive. She blogs about leaving religion, her experience with the Christian Patriarchy and Quiverfull movements, the detrimental effects of the "purity culture," the contradictions of conservative politics, and the importance of feminism.

  • http://neural-rust.blogspot.com/ N.

    would you happen to know of any “formal” criticisms on homeschooling that are not aimed specifically at faith-based homeschooling?
    i grew up in a secular homeschool setting and… well… i wouldn’t say i’m a proponent. there are a few parallels between my experience and christian homeschoolers, but it really is a different dynamic. i’d be interested to hear more objective thoughts on they seem few and far between.

  • Fenix

    Tbh, I’m kinda bothered by the frequent attacks on homeschooling all over this website. I was partially homeschooled and hugely in favor of homeschooling if parents can handle it and the child can self-lean. Public schools are grossly inferior in terms of education, rob children of their time, and the only social skills I ever got from public schools were the skills of low self-esteem (my social skills are absolutely terrible. The idea that public school teaches you to communicate is a complete lie. I really don’t want to list how much damage I got from public school and how much work I have to put in to go back to normal). You want to socialize, there’s plenty of stuff for that like martial arts or Scouts or the Internet and what not. Not all homeschoolers are fundamentalist Christians or something, there were plenty of seculars who took advantage of the idea, and communities are being developed to accommodate the movement and make sure the children are aware of what’s going on in the world.

    • Paula G V aka Yukimi

      Have you read the complete blog posts on homeschooling? The author of this blog has always been clear on what she is referring when she talks about which type of homeschooling and she isn’t denying anyone’s experience the same way you shouldn’t try to do with hers. Also you should try to debate your position instead of getting angry.

      • Fenix

        Yes, and there have been frequent jabs at homeschooling on the blog without consideration that there’s plenty of homeschoolers without religious backgrounds, or even those with religious backgrounds (oh the horror) that do not apply fundamentalist methods, as well. I wouldn’t post this if there weren’t any jabs at it on this blog. There definitely have been a few of those “they don’t teach social skills/children are closeted”, and a pretty significant attempt to lump all homeschooling in the same general category. Half of those articles do not even reference fundamentalism.

      • http://patheos.com/blogs/lovejoyfeminism Libby Anne

        Fenix – If you click on my homeschooling tab and read the summary I provide, you will see that I KNOW there are all sorts of homeschoolers. I specifically say that most of my criticism is directed at those who homeschool for religious reasons (sheltering and “teaching god’s truth”) but that I do have some criticisms of homeschooling in general. I have a very different view from you on the quality of public schools and on what constitutes good socialization. And I have a right to state my opinions and views, which is what I’m doing or nothing more. If you don’t like what I have to say, just ignore what I write on homeschooling or else stop reading my blog. There are LOTS of adamantly pro-homeschooling blogs out there that you might prefer. Mine is simply not one of them.

    • http://kagerato.net/ kagerato

      You’re being very uncharitable to regard anything Libby Anne has written on the topic as an “attack”. She doesn’t call for home schooling to be banned or otherwise practically eliminated. Furthermore, she doesn’t demonize children from home schooled families or claim they are somehow inferior.

      On the other hand, your general and unqualified claims that public schools are “grossly inferior”, “rob children of their time”, and do not impart social skills are rather close to attacks on the public school system. Would you like to try to actually support those claims with scientifically valid evidence?

      • Fenix

        Your bias against my position is showing. If you don’t like it, move along. I’m sure the author of this blog can decide without your help whether or not I’m being uncharitable (what?).

        I did not in any way demonize children here, either. I attacked the public school system. If you think the public school system is a good system you’re completely delusional, it’s quite a well known fact that public schools are one-size-fits-all, it’s a discussion in some public-vs-private schools, as well. It’s the achievement of the children that they are capable of dealing with these schools, not the achievement of the schools. It’s expected that most parents cannot really do homeschooling for various reasons, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t work for many others.

        Evidence? Compare college quality and issues met by students who are valedictorians (!) in their high schools but then go to a high-level technical college and drop out. Look into all the no-child-left-behind stuff. Go to a public school yourself, for God’s sake (or, better, a number of them, like I did. Especially go to the poorer ones. You’ll see what I’m talking about. No child deserves to go to a place like that). Also please explain to me how can someone be bullied if they’re homeschooled. How can someone be picked on. How can someone be shot at. And explain to me what is the social benefit of these things that have for generations decreased the self esteem of various “unpopular” kids. Socialization is great if you’re the prom queen or something, wait, it isn’t that great even in that case, because then you come out and realize the real world is NOTHING like high school.

  • http://www.ringaroundthephonics.com/ educator

    Today the biggest influx into the home school venue are teachers, and the reasons they give are in the article that follows. It is no longer true that most home educators are fundamentalists.

    Thinking On Home Schooling Teachers Are

    The Big Debate In Education

  • Rilian

    “Why homeschooling should be regulated” might as well say to me “Why you should be a slave”. I wanted to be homeschooled because it was unregulated and therefore *I* could decide what I did.

    I guess I’ll read it though… but I anticipate a lot of yelling at the screen.

  • Rilian

    First argument I see is about how kids need to go to school so they can be brainwashed into loving the government. Can’t read anymore. I feel like I’m gonna throw up.

    • Arakasi

      Why are you lying so blatantly about what the paper says? It isn’t like we can’t easily go and read it for ourselves.

      • Rilian

        Why are you lying?

      • Rilian

        From the article:

        Children are the youngest citizens of the state, and the state has an interest in
        assuring that children receive a civic education. Citizens are created, not born.

        I.E., the gubment needs to form them into loyal servants.


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