The GHF community includes of hundreds of thousands of families around the world who meld traditional options such as public schools with more atypical choices such as full-time or part-time homeschooling, unschooling, world schooling, charter programs, learning centers, and more. Some families are completely independent while others cobble together eclectic combinations, which may include unit studies, classes, or even IEP-based services. Over the years, GHF has observed our community and collected specific information to better understand the needs of our gifted and twice-exceptional children and the choices of their adults. As well as great articles on the alternative educational experience, we have gathered data to better inform our choices and strengthen our position at the policy table. In addition to those listed below, you can find resources on our website on homeschooling, giftedness, and twice-exceptionality.
- From the GHF Board: On Homeschool Monitoring
- Evidence for Homeschooling: Constitutional Analysis in Light of Social Science Research, by Deborah Schwarzer, Counsel, GCA Law Partners LLP; Sean Gates, Partner, Morrison & Foerster LLP; and Tanya Dumas, Associate, Bingham McCutchen LLP.
All the solid research on homeschooling consolidated into one well-written paper.
- Science, Creativity and the Real World: Lessons Learned from the U.S. Homeschool Community, by Corin Barsily Goodwin and Mika Gustavson, MFT
- New! Original 2017 research! US Public Education Policy: Missing Voices, by Corin Barsily Goodwin, Martha Shaindlin, Madeline Goodwin, and the Legislative Committee of GHF: Gifted Homeschoolers Forum.
The most significant result of this research is the documentation of a melding of educational options. Families surveyed by GHF are not making choices based on ideology so much as they are seeking the best fit for each child, based on the needs of that child and of the family at any given place and time. Families of all kinds deserve a seat at the education policy-making table, and families who homeschool should not be permanently marginalized (left unheard) because they have chosen to do what they believe is best for the academic and developmental needs of their children. This article was first published on IssueLab, a service of Foundation Center.
- New! Executive Summary: US Public Education Policy: Missing Voices
GHF community survey response statistics and article highlights.
- Education Policy Primer for Homeschooling Families, by Wenda Sheard, JD, PhD
- Gifted Dropouts: The Who and the Why, by Joseph Renzulli and Sunghee Park, University of Connecticut
- Giftedness and High School Dropouts: Personal, Family, and School-related Factors, by Joseph S. Renzulli, National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented
- Homeschool statistics: Number and percentage of school-age children who were homeschooled, by reasons parents gave as important and most important for homeschooling: 2011-12 (latest available) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
- Home schooling improves academic performance and reduces impact of socio-economic factors
Concerned about kids falling through the cracks? Peer-reviewed research from The Fraser Institute shows how homeschooling can help.
- Homeschooling Across America: Academic Achievement and Demographic Characteristics, conducted by Dr. Brian D. Ray, National Home Education Research Institute
Nationwide cross-sectional, descriptive study examining the educational history, demographic features, and academic achievement of home-educated students and the basic demographics of their families, and assessing the relationships between the homeschool students’ academic achievement and selected student and family variables.
- Home Schooling and the Question of Socialization, by Richard G. Medlin
Peer-reviewed and published in the Peabody Journal of Education.
- Home Schooling: From the Extreme to the Mainstream, 2nd Edition, From the Fraser Institute
- The Lay of the Gifted Land, by Todd Stanley
Navigating the national landscape of funding for gifted programs
- Measuring the Homeschool Population, by Sarah Grady, NCES
- Most Dropouts Leave School Due to Boredom, Lack of Encouragement, Report Finds
Based on “Silent Epidemic: Perspectives of High School Dropouts,” research commissioned by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
- Survey of Grown Unschoolers, by Peter Gray and Gina Riley