As you can see, success in today’s job market requires far more than educational basics and a good work ethic. The more scarce jobs are, the more choosy employers become. However, the news is good for homeschooling families, because many of the skills and attitudes that are in such great demand are ones that homeschool families focus on. Homeschoolers have the potential not only to thrive in today’s economy but also to be the economic leaders of the future. However, it is up to us—their parents—to equip them for the challenges that lie ahead.

Originally posted March 4, 2011

Amelia Harper is a homeschooling mother of five and a pastor’s wife. She is also the author of Literary Lessons from The Lord of the Rings, a complete one-year literature curriculum for secondary-level students. In addition, she is a freelance writer who contributes regularly to newspapers and magazines. For more information, go to http://www.homescholarbooks.com/.

Endnotes:

1. Day, Jennifer, and Eric Newburger. “The Big Payoff: Educational Attainment and Synthetic Estimates of Work-Life Earnings.” U.S.Census Bureau July 2002: n. pag. Web. 26 Jul 2010, (http://www.census.gov/prod/2002pubs/p23-210.pdf).

2. Ibid.

3. Allen, Heather. “Highlights from TOS Magazine Reader Survey 2007.” http://www.crosswalk.com/. The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, n.d.,Web. 26 Jul 2010, (www.crosswalk.com/homeschool/11627225).

4. Slatter, Ian. “New Nationwide Study Confirms Homeschool Academic Achievement.” http://www.hslda.org/. Homeschool Legal Defense Association, 10 August 2009. Web. 26 Jul 2010, (www.hslda.org/docs/news/200908100.asp).

5. Allen, Heather. “Highlights from TOS Magazine Reader Survey 2007.” http://www.crosswalk.com/. The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, n.d., Web. 26 Jul 2010, (wwwwww.crosswalk.com/homeschool/11627225).

6. Klicka, Chris. “Socialization: Homeschoolers Are in the Real World.” http://www.hslda.org/. Homeschool Legal Defense Association, March 2007. Web. 26 Jul 2010, (www.hslda.org/docs/nche/000000/00000068.asp).

Copyright 2010. Originally appeared in The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, Fall 2010. Used with permission. Visit them at http://www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com.

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