by Alesha Williams and Sergio Bichao / Feb 20, 2012
Christopher Lubienski, professor in EPOL, was recently featured in a USATODAY.com article about home schooling demographics.
The article starts, “There was a time when Heather Kirchner thought mothers who home-schooled their children were only the types ‘who wore long skirts and praised Jesus and all that.’ That was before the New Jersey resident decided to home-school her own daughter, Anya.
“Kirchner favors jeans, and like the two dozen other families that are part of the year-old Homeschool Village Co-op in central New Jersey, she doesn't consider herself to be particularly religious ...
“Christopher Lubienski, professor of education policy at the University of Illinois, says that though some home-schooled students become high achievers, they may have done as well in a normal school setting. ‘There's really not good evidence that it's a better model for children," he says. He says some parents "just aren't qualified to provide the education for their children.’”