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Learning. Every test score study has found that homeschoolers score average or above on standardized achievement tests, from third grade, to fifth grade, to eighth grade, to college-entrance SAT's. And when homeschoolers go to college, they generally get excellent grades during their first semester (according to our survey of Pennsylvania Homeschoolers graduates). The educational success of homeschools shows that schools are not the only way to provide students with educational opportunities. When in need of advanced courses, for example, homeschoolers often use excellent teachers available by video or the Internet—or take a course at a community college.
Values. Homeschooled kids have been growing up sharing their parents' religious values. Homeschooling parents are generally more religious than the general population. A study in Oregon found that 73% of the homeschooling parents there attended church or synagogue at least once every week compared to 28% of the national population. Homeschooling parents promote wholesome values in their children.
Family. A University of Florida doctoral dissertation by Larry Shyers found what homeschooling parents already knew to be true—our children play very well when they get together. They are cooperative and friendly. Shyers theorized that homeschooled children learn how to behave toward others by modeling their parents, not their peers. Since they spend so much time with their families they learn from their families. Being with friends is a special treat, not a daily dread.