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New Study: Home-Educated Canadian Adults Excel

New Study: Home-Educated Canadian Adults Excel

Thursday December 3, 2009
Retrieved 12/7/09 from

By Patrick B. Craine

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Home Education in Canada: A Report on the Pan-Canadian Study on Home Education 2003

LONDON, Ontario, December 3, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A new study released yesterday by the Canadian Centre for Home Education (CCHE) reveals that  home-educated adults in Canada excel in all measured areas of adult life,
including education level, religious observance, civic and community  participation, life satisfaction, and income.

The study, entitled Fifteen Years Later: Home-Educated Canadian Adults,  surveyed adults whose parents had responded to a 1994 study on home education.  In total, the researchers collected 226 questionnaires.  Ranging  in age from 15 to 34, the respondents answered questions on a variety of  topics for which Statistics Canada has comparable data from the wider population.

The results were astounding, says CCHE.

The study found that, when measured against the Canadian average,  home-educated adults were more socially engaged and almost twice as likely  to have voted in a federal election. Their average income was higher, with
more self-reliant sources of income, such as investments and self-employment.  In fact, of all respondents, there were no cases of  government support as the primary source of income.

The respondents were happier in their work and about their lives in general.  They also have more varied recreational pursuits.  The study notes, for  example, that the respondents “were much more likely than the comparable
population to have read books and attended concerts of classical music or  theatrical performances.”  Overall, when reflecting on the value of being  home-educated, most felt that it was an advantage in their adult life.

“In terms of income, education, entrepreneurial endeavours, involvement in  their community, and all the other characteristics measured, home-educated  adults not only excel, but also make meaningful contributions to their
communities,” stated Paul Faris, president of CCHE.  “They are the type of  neighbours we all want.”

The full study and a synopsis are available here

Home Education in Canada


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Physically active boys tend to be smarter

Physically active boys tend to be smarter

BRAIN POWER: A Swedish study has found that physically active teenagers tend to be smarter.

Physically active boys tend to be smarter

Teenage boys who are heavily into sport get new respect in a Swedish study that found physically active teenagers tend to be smarter than their couch-potato counterparts.

Researchers from the Institute of Medicine at the University of Gothenburg set out to see if aerobic or cardiovascular fitness and muscle strength were associated with brain power and future socioeconomic status.

They analysed a physical and intelligence snapshot taken of 1.2 million Swedish men born between 1950 and 1976 when they reported for mandatory military duty at age 18.

They also assessed genetic and family influences by looking at the scores of brothers and twins and, over time, the association between all initial scores and measures of success at midlife, including education level and occupation.

The researchers, led by Dr H Georg Kuhn, said the results showed a strong positive link between cardiovascular fitness and smarts but not between muscle strength and intelligence measures.

“Male subjects with improved predicted cardiovascular fitness between 15 and 18 years of age exhibited significantly greater intelligence scores than subjects with decreased cardiovascular fitness,” Kuhn and colleagues report in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The ability to compare twins’ scores was another important strength allowing the researchers to remove the “influence of genetic, social and family backgrounds.

Kuhn said with several thousand twins, they were able to show that, on average, the fitter twin also had the higher IQ score.

The researchers said the findings have important implications for the education of young people as increasing, not decreasing, physical education in schools can not only slow the shift toward sedentary lifestyles but also may help address “perhaps intellectual and academic underachievement.”

But they said it was still unclear if more active boys are smarter or if smarter boys are more active and more studies addressing causality were needed.

“We cannot assume that fitness per se increases cognitive function, so joining a gym does not by itself make you ‘smarter’. But in order for optimal cognitive function/development to take place, regular cardiovascular exercise is needed,” Kuhn told Reuters Health.

“There is no reason to assume that this cannot be extrapolated to girls. Women have more or less the same cardiovascular risk factors and therefore benefit from cardiovascular exercise in the same way.”

Radio Rhema

This morning sometime after 8:30am (Wednesday 19th) there will be a programme on Home Schooling on Radio Rhema. The main topic to be covered is some recent research from out of the USA. It is planned for Craig Smith to be interviewed during this programme as well.

Craig has just been rung. It is planned for 8:40am

Brian Ray is on now