I’ll be speaking on a panel at the Brooklyn School Alternatives Conference about the merits of homeschooling. My talk will be based on an article I wrote called “Homeschooling: A DiY alternative to public education” in DigitalJournal.com, and I’ll also be talking about the hero of my new novel Locus Amoenus who is a homeschooled eighteen-year-old young man who has learned to think for himself.
The featured speaker is Peter Gray, the author of Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students for Life. Click here to register.
Old First Reformed Church
126 7th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11215
Top universities actively recruit homeschooled applicants. On average, they test 37 percent above public and private school students and tend to be better prepared for life, career and college. Is it time to rethink our educational system?
When public education was established in the U.S. back in the 19th century, cost efficiency was undoubtedly a primary concern and a main motivating factor. A dozen children could be educated by a single well-qualified teacher for far less than the cost of hiring a private tutor for each family. Today the average cost of education in U.S. public schools is about $12,300 per student per school year. Private school can cost anywhere from $6,000-$50,000 per student per school year. Much of this money goes toward overhead, administration, transportation, insurance, and fringe benefits, not toward teachers’ salaries. In 2014, over 50 percent of families with children in public school were classified as “low income,” e.g. under $37,000 for family of four, under $24,000 for family of two. If the average U.S. family has two children, the cost of educating these children is more than half the family’s entire income. Continue reading