Why I home school part 2 of 2
How do homeschool students fair on standardized tests? The National Center for Education Statistics reports the following information.
Homeschooled students score about 72 points higher than the national average on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). The average American College Test (ACT) score is 21. The average score for homeschoolers is 22.8 out of a possible 36 points. Homeschoolers are at the 77th percentile on the Iowa Test of Basic Skills.
I do not know how things work in public schools these days, but I know how it was when I was in school. Back then, they waited for no one. If you didn’t understand what ever you were studying, then it was just too bad. They moved on without you because their time is limited. They must concentrate on the class as a whole and not just a few students. So many students get left behind without ever learning the basics.
With home schooling the time you spend teaching and learning is one on one. You can spend as much time as you need on each subject. This means more time studing and researching. We work really hard and there are no distractions. Kelsey doesn’t move on to the next concept until she fully understand what ever she is studying. I hear so many stories about how kids should have been held back because they don’t even have the basic math skills. Then we wonder why they don’t understand algebra when they get into high school.
Bottom line is this. God has pressed upon our hearts to teach our daughter in a Christian manner. We want her to learn as much as she can about God, so why would I send her to one of the most Godless places to receive her education? Kelsey will most certainly encounter joy and sadness, help those in need, meet people of all ages, mature and grow while being homeschooled. But Richard and I will be alongside her to guide her and answer any questions that she may have about life and living a Godly life. I know what she experiences on a day-to-day basis because I am the one teaching her about those experiences. Richard and I will be her support system so she doesn’t drown when they are tossed by the waves of insecurity, fear, doubt, and peer pressure. We want her to know that there is no other person I would rather have in charge of her education but me.