Home-schooled students keeping up with school-taught peers: Study

“…The study, which was a joint effort between Concordia University in Montreal and Mount Allison University in Sackville, N.B., looked at a sampling of home-schooled primary students and those taught in the public school system. The 74 students — 37 from each group aged between five and 10 — were evaluated in a number of areas, including reading, math and science.

Lead author Sandra Martin-Chang said the findings do not indicate a deficiency in the school system, but emphasized the potential benefits of learning at home under a firm curriculum and guidelines.

“The students attending the public school were not under-performing — they were doing well — but the structured home-schooled children were doing even better,” said Martin-Chang, a professor in Concordia’s education program….”

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Number of Sask. home school students increasing

“There is a growing number of Saskatchewan families choosing to home-school their children rather than enrolling them in the public school systems.”There are three reasons for that growth. No.1, parents are looking for an alternate method of education for their children. They are dissatisfied for many, many reasons with the public school system and have investigated home-schooling and decided to go that route,” Saskatchewan Home Based Educators (SHBE) president Doug Schmuland said.

“Secondly there is a major influx of people into Saskatchewan from other provinces. We are seeing tremendous growth in the home-school area from people coming back to Saskatchewan from Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario.

“And the third area we identified is the rural school closure. A lot of parents have decided rather than put their children on the bus … to home-school their children.””

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This entry was posted on March 1, 2008, in Canada.