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Research indicates that every day, nationwide, parents are turning to the options of home education for at least some part of their childrens' training. Studies consistently prove that homeschooling means excellence in education and represents one of the best alternatives in school choice. Homeschooled children out-rank both public and private schooled students in academic, social and psychological tests. And at the root of this phenomenal success is a simple, common-sense approach to learning and a return to the building of strong family units - homeschooling. For more information regarding the success of homeschooling read the article "Homeschooling: the successful social experiment".
Provided with individualized curriculum and methods which allow them to learn and grow naturally, normal children climb the academic ladder in a significantly shorter time than their peers in traditional schools. They are tutored in a friendly, comfortable setting with methods suited to their own particular learning style and are therefore free to devote more time to discussion, thoughtfulness, and exploration of their interests in a wide variety of activities, many of which include work and service to others.
Perhaps the most important benefit is the opportunity that homeschooling affords these families to reclaim and rebuild the family unit - the backbone of all society. More time is given to the important aspects of character training and the nurturing of essential values which form the foundation of positive spiritual, social and psychological development. Families are able to build relationships, communication skills and spend the quality time needed in living, working, playing and serving others together.
All of this careful preparation is producing exceptional individuals and responsible thinkers who will ultimately benefit their community and country. Already, universities, colleges and business organizations are actively pursuing home educated students to bring excellence into their own student bodies. They recognize the potential leadership value and positive influence of these young men and women. These young people have had much invested into them by those with the greatest interest in their future - their own parents and families.
More Helpful Information
• The newest issue of Home Educator's Family Times for current news, homeschooling articles and encouragement
• For More Legal Information and Updates: National Home Education Legal Defense