Responding to a Recent Christianity Today Article

Posted on Oct 13 2011 in General by

This short letter by Dr. Brian Ray from the National Home Educators Research Institute addresses a recent article published in Christianity Today on educational options (including home education), and exposes some of the problems with the article and its conclusions (which included stating that religious homeschoolers are most likely to “get divorced” and least likely to “spend much time volunteering”). It is reprinted here with permission.

Our thanks to Dr. Ray for responding to this article, and for all his continued work on homeschool statistics, which are invaluable in combating misconceptions. Articles such as this one are a good reminder to us all that misconceptions about home education still exist and need addressed!

P.S. Don’t forget to leave your own thoughts in the comments!

Dear Editor,

Your “Spotlight: The Lasting Effects of Your School” (Christianity Today, Aug. 29, 2011) was a dismal presentation of research. The “Religious Homeschool” category should not have been included, for three reasons. First, the sample size was tiny (less than 90 of 2,000 studied) and the researchers did not report whether they were truly “homeschooled” (e.g., for 2 vs. 9 years). Second, your presentation implied that the findings about the home educated were as dependable as the findings about the other schooling types while they were clearly not. Third, the very limited data from this study contradict 25 years of research that show adults who were home educated are typically doing as well or better than others in terms of high civic engagement, time in community service, social and emotional health, getting jobs, going on to college and doing well there academically and socially, being in positions of leadership, and having been raised by parents who are following God’s prescription that parents should be the main disciplers of their children.

Sincerely,

Brian D. Ray, Ph.D.
President, National Home Education Research Institute (NHERI)
www.nheri.org
& mail@nheri.org

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