Thursday Aug 31, 2023

Beyond Academics: Examining the Positive Life Outcomes of Homeschoolers with Dr. Brian Ray, Part 3

"Whether it was easier or harder, whatever, whether children were fussing with us or happy with us as parents, it was the philosophy and the theology and the desire to be together as a family that really drove us." – Dr. Brian Ray

Yvette Hampton engages in a thought-provoking conversation with Dr. Brian Ray, an esteemed authority on homeschooling research. Explore the Bible's teachings on education and the vital role of parents as primary educators. Discover Dr. Ray's groundbreaking study, which provides compelling evidence on the academic success and overall positive outcomes of homeschooling. Challenge prevailing misconceptions and stereotypes about homeschooling as we unpack the advantages of parent-directed home-based education discipleship. Gain valuable insights on how homeschooling fosters a nurturing environment, enhances engagement, and promotes holistic well-being. Don't miss this empowering episode on the Schoolhouse Rocked Podcast!

Beyond Academics: Examining the Positive Life Outcomes of Homeschoolers with Brian Ray, Part 3

Watch this full conversation on our YouTube channel.

Dr. Brian Ray is a leading international expert in research on homeschooling and president of the National Home Education Research Institute (NHERI). He has published numerous articles and books, is interviewed by major media, serves as an expert witness in court cases, and testifies to legislatures regarding education. He is a former university professor and public and private school classroom teacher. He holds a Ph.D. (science education, Oregon State University), a M.S. (zoology, Ohio University), and a B.S. (biology, University of Puget Sound), and is a church leader. Brian and Betsy have been married 44 years, have eight children who were all home educated, run a small farm, and have 19 grandchildren. Dr. Ray really enjoys wandering with Betsy, his wife, and being out in the forests and mountains and on adventures. See research at

Discussion Questions:

  1. How does Dr. Brian Ray's research challenge the perception that homeschooling is inferior to traditional schooling?
  2. What are some key factors that contribute to the academic success of homeschooled children, according to Dr. Ray's research?
  3. How does Dr. Ray address concerns about child abuse and neglect in homeschooling families, and what data does he present to support his arguments?
  4. How does Dr. Ray's personal background and experiences influence his perspective on homeschooling?
  5. What are some potential drawbacks or challenges of homeschooling that Dr. Ray acknowledges, and how does he address them?
  6. How has the acceptance and perception of homeschooling changed over the years, according to Dr. Ray?
  7. How does homeschooling impact the overall well-being and mental health of children, as discussed by Dr. Ray?
  8. How does Dr. Ray argue that homeschooling can contribute to the improvement of local communities and nations?
  9. What are some practical strategies and suggestions for parents to prioritize their children's well-being in the midst of societal and technological challenges, according to Dr. Ray?
  10. In your opinion, based on the information presented by Dr. Ray, what are the major advantages and disadvantages of homeschooling compared to traditional schooling?

Recommended Resources: 

Podcast Note-Taking Guide

The Gen2 Survey, by NHERI (National Home Education Research Institute) - This study examines adults who attended church growing up and seeks to understand the key influences which either encouraged or deterred them from believing and practicing the faith of their parents.

Answers for Homeschooling: Top 25 Questions Critics Ask, by Israel Wayne

Education: Does God Have an Opinion?, by Israel Wayne

Israel Wayne, Christian Education: A Manifesto 

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