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Conference highlights home-school benefits

Children home-schooled by devout parents academically outperform their public school peers and reveal better character development, according to home-education leaders who gathered during the weekend.

“The battle for our children’s souls is a war,” Shelly Hendry of His Image Ministries in Clarksville, Va., said at the Northern Virginia Home Education Conference near Tysons Corner. “We’re like those firefighters [on September 11] who walked into those flames to do a rescue.”

Home-schooled teenagers nationwide in the 1990s scored on average in the 84th percentile on national standardized academic achievement tests in eighth-grade reading, math, science, social studies, total language and study skills, while public school students on average scored 34 percentage points lower, said J. Michael Smith, president of the Home School Legal Defense Association in Purcellville, Va. Read more…

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