Home Education Endorsed as Reducing Socio-economic Disadvantages


“Canadian and American Policy makers should recognize the ability of parents to meet the educational needs of their children at home, without government involvement,” says Claudia Hepburn in the 2nd edition of Home Schooling: From the Extreme to the Mainstream (Fraser Institute, Oct. 2007).

The 24 page research document is worth downloading free from:

I was a pioneer in the movement in the 70’s and 80’s and devoted considerable energy and effort to jumpstart parent confidence in home educating their own children in Canada.  The above report refers to my article:  Home Education: The Third Option .

“It has been argued that home schoolers serve “as models of economy and effectiveness” (Audain, 1987). Such realities suggest that both Canadian and American policy makers should consider whether or not home schooling parents, whose property taxes subsidize public schools, merit reduction in those taxes or some other recognition of their contribution."

BUT, the important finding in this latest report is the value of home education to improving academic performance of students from families with low levels of education.

“Poorly educated parents who choose to teach their children at home produce better academic results for their children than public schools do….evidence clearly demonstrates that home education may help reduce the negative effects of some background factors that many educators believe affects a child’s ability to learn, such as low family income, low parental educational attainment, parents not having formal training as teachers, race or ethnicity of the students, gender of the student, not having a computer in the home, and infrequent usage of public libraries."

All this supports my long-held belief that parent involvement in the substance of education (not the current vogue of using parents as volunteer labor in schools) is what matters. Both parents and students thrive in co-educational settings. Family efficacy is increased. Parents are not made to feel inadequate as is so often the case in interfaces with public schools.

See the news release: Home schooling improves academic performance and reduces impact of socio-economic factorshttp://www.fraserinstitute.org/commerce.web/newsrelease.aspx?nid=4933



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