Can conservative Christian parents protect their children from the corrupt values of public schooling? That’s the question asked by homeschooling parent Braden Hoelzle. As reviewed by the peerless homeschooling scholar Milton Gaither, Hoelzle’s published findings don’t really offer us the solid answer we want.
First of all, for all of us interested in questions about homeschooling, Gaither’s blog is a must-read. Professor Gaither reviews academic research into central questions and offers a quick summary of its value and contribution.
In this case, Gaither examines a 2013 article by Hoelzle. Hoelzle wondered if homeschoolers can really pass along their values to their children. He did so by interviewing four adults who were homeschooled. For those four, the results were mixed.
Please read Gaither’s full appraisal, but in short, Gaither notes that we don’t get the solid research-based answers we want in this article. Does homeschooling work? Can parents pass along their values? Maybe. Sorta. But this research doesn’t give us more than what Gaither calls “just four anecdotes.”