How Homeschooling Can Benefit Boys
Educators and parents are often told of the unfair advantages boys receive throughout school.
However, recent studies have shown that boys, not girls, are being treated unfairly in public schools, and could benefit from more personalized learning and homeschooling.
Here are some facts from research conducted over the last several years:
In preschool, boys are five times more likely to be expelled.
- The typical boy is a year and a half behind the typical girl in reading and writing.
- In 1997, college full-time enrollments were 45 percent male and 55 percent female. On many college campuses, women outnumber men 60 percent to 40 percent, and the U.S. Department of Education predicts that the proportion of boys in college classes will continue to shrink.
- According to the National Center for Education Statistics, slightly more girls than boys enroll in AP and other high-level math and science courses.
- Girls read more books and outperform boys on tests for artistic and musical ability.
- More boys than girls are suspended from school, held back, or drop out. In preschool, boys are five times more likely to be expelled, and they account for 70 percent of suspensions in grades K—12. A majority of suspensions are the result of minor disturbances and zero-tolerance policies, which impact boys at much higher rates than girls.
Boys are also three times as likely to receive a diagnosis of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.
- Lastly, a recent study in the Journal of Human Resources showed that despite scoring the same on tests, boys received lower grades than girls because teachers disapproved of their behavior.
Given the difficult environment boys may face in public schools, many parents are concluding that a more personalized learning environment, such as homeschooling, can provide better education options.
Here are some ways homeschooling benefits boys:
Overall, there are a number of benefits to homeschooling boys.
If you are interested in learning more, you can read our article “Top 5 Reasons Why Parents Homeschool Their Kids.”
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