I wanted to start 2009 with encouragement for all you homeschool moms. Check this out!
Testing Proves Success of Graduates
From the beginning of the re-emergence of homeschooling in the late 1960s and early 1970s, the strongest criticism of homeschooling was that untrained, noncredentialed parents could not provide the quality of instruction needed to match the education provided in public and private schools. To address this criticism, the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) commissioned several studies to compare how homeschoolers score on standardized achievement tests compared to their public and private school counterparts.
The results of those tests demonstrated that on average, homeschooled children regularly outperformed their peers.
(Taken from this article in the Washington Times.)
The article goes on to say that previously-homeschooled college freshmen outperformed graduating Harvard seniors on tests of factual knowledge. Way to go, homeschoolers!!
And let us not grow weary while doing good,
for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.