Many studies all over the world have found that homeschooled students outperform students in both public and independent (private) schools. This is regardless of geographic location and political jurisdiction. Check out these quick facts:
According to the study, Home Schooling: From the Extreme to the Mainstream:
•Almost one-quarter (24.5 percent) of homeschooled students perform one or more grades above their age-level peers in public and private schools.
•Grades 1 to 4 homeschool students perform one grade level higher than their public and private-school peers.
•By Grade 8, the average homeschooled student performs four grade levels above the national average.
•According to the U.S.-based National Home Education Research Institute (NHERI), homeschooling appears to have grown by seven percent per year since 2002 in the United States.
With these facts on hand, more and more parents are beginning to see that they have choices when it comes to educating their children.
Traditional versus progressive, social versus home school
Genevieve V. Rivadelo, executive director of Alternative Learning Resources School (ALRES) and chair of the Special Education department at Miriam College, clarifies the differences among schooling terms such as Traditional versus Progressive and Social versus Homeschooling.
•Traditional schooling - It is teacher- and curriculum- centered. There is a tendency to lean towards a more content-heavy curriculum, making classes more ‘advanced’ but perhaps not developmentally appropriate at times.
•Progressive schooling - It is a student-led, student-paced, and child-centered method. Classes go by themes chosen by the student rather than by the teacher.
These two types of schooling are more of philosophies than actual programs. They can both be applied to social and homeschooling.
Francis Dimalanta, M.D., behavioral and developmental pediatrician, agrees, “Homeschooling can combine both traditional and progressive philosophies. In some subjects, a more traditional approach may be appropriate. But the majority of homeschooling curricula develop with the student at the center.”
Rivadelo states, “You can call traditional social schooling in this country, ‘typical.’ It means that it’s suitable for children who are in the median of a bell curve. This doesn’t address those children who are outliers. If they don’t fit, learning might prove to be a difficult experience.”