Research Shows Homeschoolers Active in Society

1 Jan 2004

by Hal Young

Adults who were taught at home are reporting the homeschool experience has been an advantage to them in later years, and they are finding it is no detriment in college or career ambitions, according to a study just released by the National Home Education Research Institute.

Dr. Brian Ray, the president of NHERI and author of numerous studies on homeschool students and families, surveyed over seven thousand graduates of home education, from college age to adults in their fifties and beyond. The study, Home Educated and Now Adults: Their Community Involvement, Views about Homeschooling, and Other Traits, found that recent homeschool graduates in particular were much more likely than the general public to attend college, become involved in community activities and service projects and express great satisfaction with life and their work.

Partial findings of NHERI study, Home Educated and Now Adults; data for ages ranging from 18 to 29 years.

Data © 2003, National Home Education Research Institute.

Perhaps most telling, 82% of these adults who were homeschooled say they would homeschool their own children, and 74% of those with school aged children already do so.

NHERI's announcement concludes, "Based on the findings of this study, the concerns … that homeschooling would somehow interfere with home educated adults participating in essential societal activities … are without foundation."

The study Home Educated and Now Adult was commissioned by the Home School Legal Defense Association and is summarized in their publication, "Homeschooling Grows Up," available online at <>. The complete published study can be obtained directly from the National Home Education Research Institute at <>.

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