Economics of Homeschooling

A new report is out on homeschooling costs and academic performance in the US:

The average public school spends nearly $10,000 per child per year whereas the Progress Report shows that the average homeschool parent spends about $500 per child per year.

But how did they do after not spending that additional $9500 per student?

The results were consistent with previous studies on homeschool academic achievement and showed that homeschoolers, on average, scored 37 percentile points above public school students on standardized achievement tests.

And, before you tell me that there are other costs beyond the $500–I do know that. For instance, the time cost of a parent to instruct the child may be considerable. However, that time is often shared among multiple children and even among non-education tasks, once the children get old enough to be more self-directed and self-pacing in their studies.

Bottom line is this: Educators should look at systems that work and strive to duplicate them rather than looking at systems which fall outside the commonly accepted methodologies within the education community and discounting them because they are not based on the correct theories of education.

Via FiveFeetofFury