The disparate educational performances between the races is an issue that has long been discussed and attributed to various factors. One new study conducted by the National Home Education Research Institute, however, indicates the real issue may have more to do with the type of school than the students attending them.
While research suggests white students overall achieve greater academic success than their black peers, the recent study compared whites in public school settings with blacks being educated at home.
“The black homeschool children’s high achievement test scores were remarkable,” explained NHERI President Dr. Brian Ray. “Parents without teaching certificates helping their children from a traditionally low-achieving minority group excel this way should cause all educators and social advocacy groups to take special note.”
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Homeschool blacks in the study performed above the nationwide mean in each of the three core disciplines – reading, language, and math – and scored among the top tertile in reading.
“I wonder how teachers unions, African American advocacy groups, certified teachers, public school administrators, and professors of education will look at these findings,” Ray said. “Will they start encouraging black families to homeschool?”
As Western Journal recently reported, the current state of public education is enough for the first Global Teacher Prize winner – educator Nancie Atwell – to encourage prospective teachers to find a job at a private-sector school.
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The NHERI study also included the most popular reasons black families opted to homeschool their kids, a list that included religious concerns, a desire to provide customized lessons, and to allow “parents to transmit values, beliefs, and worldview to the child.”
h/t: Christian Newswire
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