Conclusions

A conclusion to be drawn from the research is that homeschooling is far more effective than critics would like. The amount of literature and studies showing not just adequate but superior academic performance is very convincing that homeschooling works and works well. The lack of studies that report negative outcomes for homeschooling also speaks loudly about its effectiveness. Unquestionably, there is a need, from a research point of view, for more quality research, particularly for controlled studies. Some homeschool families are reluctant to participate, concerned in part about researchers' intent. Are they looking for ways to make homeschooling better, or will the research be used to create a call for intrusion into homeschooling? To be sure, homeschool communities are leery of investigations into their homes, largely due to decades of negative attitudes toward homeschooling and, at times, outright persecution.(Hill, P.T. (2000) "Home Schooling and the Future of Public Education.")

With the evidence of research backing homeschoolers, the burden is on critics of homeschooling to demonstrate their point of view with equal veracity. Unfortunately, as long as those critics remain hostile to homeschooling they will be hard pressed to get eager participants in their research studies. However, with a growing body of evidence that homeschooling works, critics have little option but to demonstrate otherwise. Families who currently homeschool can feel confident that they are doing something very positive for their children. Those who are considering homeschooling can be assured that they can do it with remarkable results.

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Troy L. Parrish and his wife, Belinda, homeschool their eight children, who range in age from 18 to 3. Troy (MA LCPC) is a Christian counselor with 18 years of experience working at an agency that serves its clients from a uniquely Christian perspective, and Belinda is a full-time mom (very full-time!). Troy's interest in the effects of culture on individuals and Christians in particular has resulted most recently in the development of a webpage dedicated to the uniqueness of boys and their behavior. In a culture heavily influenced by feminism, the webpage Boys Behavior seeks to encourage and assist those who are raising and dealing with boys to appreciate boys as God has intended them to be. With book reviews, monthly articles, and links to other helpful articles and sites, Boys Behavior seeks to become a genuine resource on the web. Visit Boys Behavior at http://boysbehavior.thehomeschoolorganizer.com. A full academic version of this article is available at http://boysbehavior.thehomeschoolorganizer.com.

Copyright 2007. Originally appeared in The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, Fall 2007. Used with permission. www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com