This 40mn video by Concordia University is an interview and discussion with Sandra Martin-Chang, an assistant professor in Concordia's Department of Education who conducted a research study comparing academic performances of schooled and homeschooled children, and Wendi Hadd, a sociology teacher at John Abbott College who home-schooled her children. Martin-Chang's research shows that the 25 children in her study who were home-schooled in a structured way scored higher than the group of their public-schooled peers in seven different subjects. The group of unschooled children was too small for reliable conclusions, but their test results suggested that, in the younger years, unschooled children may be "behind" their schooled peers. However, Hadd contributes the anecdotal observation that, while unschooled children may sometimes start certain types of learning on a later schedule than the one imposed by the government curriculum, when they do start to learn (for example, reading, or math), they tend to learn very quickly and spike past the level of their schooled peers. A longitudinal study would be needed to confirm this observation. The video also discusses socialization.
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