Monday, May 16, 2005

First Day of School

Homeschoolers have an exceptionally strong commitment to education and children

"Those who homeschool have an exceptionally strong commitment to education and children, according to Rudner’s study, and place a greater emphasis on study skills, critical thinking, working independently and love of learning.

'They seem to be better prepared,' King Recruitment Director Darren Parker said of homeschooled students. 'We’ve had nothing but positive things to say about them.'

He attributed some of their academic success to the personal attention they receive. Many have had one-on-one instruction throughout, he said.

'The students we’ve gotten are first-rate,' he said. 'They are very strong students. They’re impressive students in terms of SAT scores.'

The grade-point averages of those students also tend to be higher than the freshman class average, Necessary said.

Nationally, homeschoolers score higher on three standardized tests than the average student.

[Joel Font] has thrown himself into his college experience, never mind that it’s the first school he’s ever attended.

Font, who was homeschooled, has been able to adjust and find success in college.

He said he’s grateful he was homeschooled, and he feels prepared for college. Having to assume responsibility for his studies while growing up has helped him at Emory & Henry, he said.

'I’m interested in learning,' he said. 'I’ve had to teach myself to learn.'


In the coming years, as more homeschoolers are headed off to college, more reports on the academic success of the homeschooling population will become public. I look forward to these reports statistically validating the practices that homeschoolers follow, as well as encouraging others to join this community in educating their children.

Confirming my thoughts on emotional intelligence, homeschoolers assume responsibility for their studies, can work independently, and most importantly love to learn.