A Home-Grown Solution to Bad Schools

Gregory Millman:

“It’s hard to generalize about home-schoolers, but if there’s one thing we know, it’s that we are changing the world, or at least the world of education choices. Others, though, see us as either misguided or a threat — and probably cheered last month’s California appeals court ruling that all children in the state must be taught by credentialed teachers. … Nonetheless, home-schooling is booming. In 2003 the National Center for Education Statistics estimated that the home-schooled population nationwide was 1.1 million. The National Home Education Research Institute estimates that it may be growing at double-digit rates. … The results? Studies have shown that home-schooled children outperform the conventionally schooled not only on standardized academic tests but also on tests of social skills.”
Gregory J. Millman, co-author of the forthcoming “Homeschooling: A Family’s Journey,” will be online Monday, March 24 at 1 p.m. ET to discuss his Outlook article about home-schooling and the ways it improves upon conventional public education.