Monday, February 5, 2018

A misguided impulse to regulate homeschooling

Terrific editorial today in the state's largest newspaper. Key grafs:
In 2017, researcher Rodger Williams calculated and compared child fatality rates due to abuse or neglect in the general population and the homeschool population. Among other things, Williams drew his data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Education. 
Williams calculated the “expected” fatality rate among homeschoolers if the rate within homeschooling was the same as in the general population. He found the expected number of fatalities among legally homeschooled students was 55, but the actual number was far lower—32. Put another way, legally homeschooled students were 40 percent less likely to die by child abuse or neglect than the average student nationally.
Read the whole thing here.

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