Category Archives: Statistics and Surveys

Results of HA Basic Survey, Part One: Demographic Considerations

The Homeschoolers Anonymous (HA) Basic Survey was conducted for adult graduates of the Christian homeschool movement. 242 individuals took the the survey. Those 242 individuals represented 42 U.S. states and 8 foreign countries. The majority of respondents are from families which were members of the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA).

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Adult Homeschoolers Speak Out: Part Ten, Are the Stereotypes Better or Worse?

“When I wrote my socialization post, I said that the Number One homeschoolers got was ‘What about Socialization?’ When I was growing up, this was actually the Number Two question. The Number One question I got when I told someone I was homeschooled was: ‘What’s that?’ Nowadays, everyone knows someone who has been homeschooled. But that doesn’t mean that stereotypes have gone away or even changed.”

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Adult Homeschoolers Speak Out: Part Eight, The Best Thing vs. What Was Missing

“This post is the ‘big picture,’ the reasons that former homeschoolers list as the best thing(s) about homeschooling. The second half of this post is the responses of these adults about what they wish had been different about their homeschooling experience. I hope this post encourages you and gives you some food for thought as well.”

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Adult Homeschoolers Speak Out: Part Seven, What About Socialization?

“The issue of socialization and homeschooling is so dynamic because, whether homeschoolers like to admit it or not, what they are doing is counter-cultural. It isn’t ‘the way’ most Americans are educated or how most adults learned to interact with the world. This is neither good nor bad. It simply is. But because it is ‘different,’ it may and often does present some challenges.”

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Crosspost: Methodological Problems with Kevin Swanson and Brian Ray’s Gen 2 Survey

“Libby Anne posted recently about a new survey conducted by Brian Ray of the National Home Education Research Institute, a non-profit which conducts studies of questionable scientific validity on homeschooling. As a Ph.D. social scientist myself, I looked over the new survey with a critical eye and I’m sorry to say there won’t be much useable data gleaned from it because it is rife with methodological problems.”

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