Fifteen years ago, when we had just begun homeschooling, I met a mom at a party. She told me she would never homeschool because studies showed that children from high income families did better in so many ways…so she needed to go out and make money as soon as they were in school.
I tried to show her that what kids need is time with their parents. She wasn’t a Christian, so I couldn’t convince her with the Biblical exhortation that moms should be busy at home.
Besides, she had statistics on her side. Homeschooling, she told me, would not be as good for the children as upping the family income.
Oh, statistics! How they can be misunderstood, and misapplied! I only wish I could have shown her this:
Created by: College At Home
And I only wish she could have read this beautiful analysis, entitled Homeschooling as an Equalizer.
To sum up, many of the ‘old’ statistics, like the one this woman was basing her life on, do not apply to homeschooling families. It’s good to know.
Investing time in your children, as God’s Word tells us to do, is more effective than making money. Is it a surprise? No, of course not. But it is good to see this truth put forth in numbers, the kind of thing that others can understand.
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