Three Ways Homeschooling Helps Our Economy
the extra pressures of the financial recession breathing down parents' necks,
how should we view the trend toward homeschooling? What evidence is there that
homeschooling is a smarter choice than traditional schooling methods? Will the
homeschooled employees of tomorrow do better, or worse, in a challenging and
confusing global economic climate?
are three key ways homeschoolers are positively impacting the U.S. economy, and
we should be paying close attention to this growing population," says Josephine
Nicholas, chief operating officer of Published Daily, a new startup tech company whose aim is to help professionals better
communicate and market to their networks.
#1 - They Grade at Higher Levels than the National Average
to studies done by the National Home Education Research Institute and the Home School
Legal Defense Association, homeschoolers
consistently grade at higher levels than the national average across the
every other recession, it was the smart, young innovators that were the movers
and shakers," Ms. Nicholas said. "All over the country, the home educated
continue scoring at the highest levels, after which they step into being
productive members of society. They are using their talents and skills in
several arenas to help direct us out of the tough economy we are currently facing."
#2 - They Thrive on Entrepreneurship, Doing Their Part in This Recession
see time and again, that, as the home educated are becoming adults, they are
positively contributing to the US economy in a myriad of ways, not the least of
which is by creating new companies, thereby creating new jobs," she said. "My
siblings and I are a prime example of this, and there are many others."
homeschooled Nicholas siblings opened their first company in their late teens,
grew it to be successful, and have created and grown several companies since
that time in their home base of Michigan, the state currently with the highest
rate of unemployment.
#3 - They Positively Contribute to Society in General
Gary Knowles, past professor at the University of Michigan, explored adults who
were home educated. None were unemployed and none were on welfare, 94% said
home education prepared them to be independent persons, 79% said it helped them
interact with individuals from different levels of society, and they strongly
supported the home education method.
you are facing a recession like we're in now, everyone needs to do their part
in their community and be a productive citizen," Ms. Nicholas said. "The
majority of homeschoolers participate in an ongoing community service activity,
while only 37% of similarly aged U.S. adults and 39% of all U.S. adults do so.
Clearly, the home educated recognize that being involved in community
will positive impact the country's economy in general, and they welcome the opportunity
the website, www.PublishedDaily.com,
to see how these four homeschooled siblings have created new businesses and new
By Susan Darst Williams • www.ShowandTellforParents.com • Homeschooling
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