The above link has a very comprehensive demographic study concerning homeschooled children, and their parents.
I urge anyone interested in this topic to please read this study, regardless of the side you are on.
Let me summarize a few of the findings:
Parents of homeschoolers have SIGNIFICANTLY better credentials as far as teaching and education than non-homeschoolers' parents.
While slightly less than half of the general population attended or graduated from college, almost 88% of home school students have parents who
continued their education after high school.
Over 97% of homeschoolers live in a two-parent family....
Homeschoolers watch significantly less television than non-homeschoolers...
On average, home school students are in larger families.
As with the other studies that we have cited in this thread, this study shows that homeschoolers are much higher achievers scholastically than
I've only cited a few of the facts. Please peruse the link above. It should answer any concerns that some of you have concerning homeschooling.
This case was brought about by the teachers union. This case has nothing to do with educational standards, but EVERYTHING to do with teachers being
afraid of LOSING THEIR JOBS.
I can tell you, since I worked in a "fair share" state, and as a college professor, I HAD to pay union dues, even though I was against the union,
there were MANY colleagues that used the union contract as an excuse NOT TO be more than minimalists as teachers. They were the last into the
buildings every day, and the first ones out, never staying for office hours one minute longer than the contract stipulated. Those of us that were
non-union or against the union typically held 2 to 3 times more office hours than the contract required. I could go on forever about what we did,
versus what the union proponents did, but suffice it to say, that in most instances, the students suffered when from the "union mentality".
I believe that teaching is not something you get into for the money. There are far more financially rewarding fields available for those with
equivalent degrees. Teachers that have to invoke union rules all the time should not be teaching.
I am not against unions in general, there are fields and job categories where they are essential. However, IMO, teaching is not one of them. Existing
labor laws provide all the protection that teachers need.