Homeschooled kids are estimated at about 2 million in the U.S. and its popularity continues to grow. Parents cite several reasons for wanting to teach their kids at home, such as they believe their kids can be better educated in the home, they want to incorporate religion into their kids’ education, and they don’t like the learning environment of public schools. Statistics show that homeschooling pays off in big ways since homeschooled kids are outperforming public school kids on standardized tests and college entrance exams.
But once the kids graduate from being homeschooled and want to go to college, there is often the assumption that the best education lies at a large university. However, there are many pitfalls at secular public and private universities. The largest pitfall is that Christianity is in the cross-hairs of academia. Secular professors often make it their goal to get kids who grow up in an evangelical environment to doubt their beliefs in what they’ve been taught by their parents and to eventually turn their backs on believing what the Bible says. They use many methods to do this, including ridiculing the Bible and twisting science to back their philosophical, anti-God biases.
Nevertheless, there are alternatives to secular universities. These colleges have an environment that is welcoming to homeschool graduates, they build on the solid godly foundation of what homeschool kids have learned, and they have a strong reputation for academic excellence that puts many of their secular counterparts to shame. An organization called Best Schools highlights some of the colleges on their list entitled “The 25 Best Colleges for Homeschool Graduates.” If you’re a parent who homeschools, it’s definitely worth reading.
Charlotte Gerber. Statistics on Homeschooling in the United States. Home-school.lovetoknow.com.