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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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