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This page has information 'about homeschooling,' not
about 'how to homeschool.' The topics on this page are historical, political and about
demographics. For 'how to homeschool' information, see pages such as
homeschoolers," "Curriculum," or
"Books for grownups."
On this page:
get snow days?
Online snapshots through the years
Declaration of Educational Independence,
Homeschool FAQs from Home Education Magazine
Social worker at the door? What is the main reason for homeschooler concern
about legal problems?
Home Schooling in the United States: Trends and Characteristics,
U.S. Census Bureau, 2001
How many homeschoolers are there?, National Center for Education Statistics
are they like?, 1999, NCES
overall? 1999, NCES (with the idiotic weasel-description, "Students were considered to be homeschooled if their
parents reported them being schooled at home instead of a public or private
school, if their enrollment in public or private schools did not exceed 25 hours
a week, ..." 25 hrs./5 days per week = 5 hrs. per day enrolled, which
makes nonsense of the collected data)
Histories of Homeschooling
Freedoms At Risk -- Twenty Years Later
Home Education Magazine, (originally published May 1991)
In the late 1980's we started seeing incidents, at first seemingly
unrelated but then increasingly fitting a pattern, until by March of 1991 we
had become concerned enough to admit a growing sense of alarm to our
colleagues, associates, and fellow homeschooling activists. In those days
before email and the Internet were commonplace tools, we mailed a letter to a
number of people whose counsel we trusted, advising them that we were
recognizing patterns of behavior which caused us great concern, and we
outlined why. We wrote that our efforts to communicate about and address these
issues with the perpetrators had been fruitless, and we felt the point had
been reached when a strong stand for homeschool freedoms needed to be taken.
We were relieved and gratified when almost everyone we contacted responded in
agreement and supported our publication of this now-historic document, titled
Homeschooling Freedoms at Risk.
The "patterns of behavior" referred to in this description
were the breaking up of established homeschool groups, the establishment of
statement-of-faith groups (SOF) to replace the broken groups, and the
consolidation of influence over the new SOF groups.
Homeschooling Freedoms At Risk
Freedoms Responsibilities And The "Four Pillars"
Homeschooling Rights and Responsibilities
Bitter Pill-ars To Swallow
From Across the Nation
- Gentle Spirit Magazine:
Homeschooling? (online 2003)
As part of the situation described in Home Education
Magazine's series on homeschool freedoms, 'homeschool leaders' targeted
Cheryl Lindsey Seelhof for not toeing the orthodox homeschool line. The
"who stole homeschooling" series describes Cheryl's journey through the
lawsuit she filed, and won.
Homeschooler's History I
Homeschooler's History II
Homeschooler's History III, 1990 - 1992
Homeschooler's History IV, H.R. 6
Homeschooler's History V, 1994 - 1995
Homeschooler's History VI, 1995 - 1997
- Washington Home Education Network (WHEN),
Gentle Spirit Lawsuit
- Home Education Magazine
News Watch Special Report, Seelhof v. Welch
The Truth About Cheryl
Interview with Cheryl Lindsay Seelhof
The Link, Homeschool News Network, Volume 5, Issue 2, Letters to the
Who Stole Homeschooling? and response from Cheryl Lindsay Seelhof
- HR 6 (1994)
Synopsis from the Home Education Magazine
News and Commentary blog: HSLDA worried about the application to
homeschooling of the term "nonprofit schools" which were mentioned elsewhere
in the reauthorization bill. No variant of the word "homeschooling" appeared
in the bill, but still, "nonprofit" in conjunction with Rep. Miller's
amendment requiring state certification of teachers was a reason for HSLDA to
kick into high gear.
(full disclosure: written by myself. Not that I'm always 'right,' only
that I know where I keep my written 'stuff'.)
and the Federalization of Homeschooling (1994)
The Ravage of Home Education Through Exclusion by Religion (1998)
Vision Forum Ministries,
On the Ten Year Anniversary of H.R.6 (2004)
Mankins on the HSLDA (1997)
I'm composing this because my morning mail included another
cry of "wolf" from them, and I'm more than a little angry that they try to
spew their noxious propaganda on a list that costs me time and money to
History of American Homeschooling, by Linda Dobson (2000)
Battling for the heart and soul of home-schoolers (2000)
- Discovery Institute, 1 July 2000,
Homeschooling Comes of Age
The resources also reflect the philosophical and pedagogical
diversity of homeschoolers. The magazine Drinking Gourd, named after a folk
song about the underground railway, provides articles and book reviews
emphasizing cultural and ethnic diversity. Nathan News, published by the
National Challenged Homeschoolers Associated Network, provides articles by
parents and experts on such topics as "Auditory Memory Strategies and
Activities," "Custom Fitting a Program for the LD Child," or "My Recipe for
IEP." In addition, parents obtain advice, texts, services, and curricula from
public and private schools and other institutions.
The Politics of Survival: Home Schoolers and the Law (2001) (compare
against the viewpoints below)
- Home Education Magazine,
"History" Erodes the Foundations of Our Freedom
Foundations of Our Homeschooling Freedoms
The primacy of the family: ...
Private education: ...
Legal foundations include ... rulings by the U. S. Supreme Court and federal,
state, and local courts ...
Principles from common law ...
Statutes are not foundations of homeschooling freedoms.
Humanism Behind Homeschooling",
In his book," Teach Your Own, " Holt maintained, "What is most important
and valuable about the home as a base for children's growth into the world is
not that it is a better school than the schools but that it isn't school at
all. It is not an artificial place, set up to make `learning' happen and in
which nothing except `learning' ever happens. It is a natural, organic,
central, fundamental human institution; one might easily and rightly say the
foundation of all other human institutions."
A very short and general history of home education, Tossed by the
Fates, (2008) (full disclosure, I'm the author)
Where there was scarcity there is now surfeit. Where once
textbook publishers refused to have any truck with renegade parents outside
the education establishment there are now homeschooling workbooks sold
‘over-the-counter.’ Where once you needed a teacher’s ID card to buy
educational materials, now all you need is a credit card.
Homeschooling stereotypes (2005)
Red and Rover is one of
the comics I like to read; the series is cute. Unfortunately, the
made a short foray into the realm of homeschooling, or rather, part of
the viewpoint of a publicly-schooled child's opinion of what it is to be
homeschooled, ie, that homeschooled kids get no time off for snow days.
Tsk, tsk. Mr. Basset, 't'ain't so. Homeschoolers enjoy 'snow
days' with cocoa and cookies afterwards, just as much as anyone else (and
the Red and Rover cartoons, too).
Online snapshots through the
For some, Life Without School begins as a conscientious choice that is
whole-heartedly embraced. For others, it begins as a quest for second
chances, new opportunity or even as an internal prompting led by the desire
to meet the needs of a child. No matter how we come into this lifestyle, the
purpose we most commonly share is reflected best by this one question: "What
is right for my child?" Life Without School is not for all families or all
children, but it is a valid and valued lifestyle choice for many.
Summary of data from Massachusetts town homeschool policy and practice
For a year and a half, AHEM has been collecting information from
homeschoolers about official town policy (including the policies
themselves), and about how homeschooling actually works in towns in
Massachusetts, according to homeschoolers.
Selected Current Citations to Inform Research on the Subject of Homeschooling,
Ohio Home Education Coalition Peggy Daly-Masternak and Mary Nix,
Co-Coordinators October 2003
School, by John Taylor Gatto: an article from Harper's Magazine,
"If David Farragut could take command of a captured British warship as a
pre-teen, if Thomas Edison could publish a broadsheet at the age of twelve, if
Ben Franklin could apprentice himself to a printer at the same age (then put
himself through a course of study that would choke a Yale senior today), there's
no telling what your own kids could do. After a long life, and thirty years in
the public school trenches, I've concluded that genius is as common as dirt. We
suppress our genius only because we haven't yet figured out how to manage a
population of educated men and women. The solution, I think, is simple and
glorious. Let them manage themselves."
A to Z's
Used Materials and
Home Education Magazine
The Value of Virtual Expeditions
Susannah Sheffer, one of
Schooling's editors wrote A Sense of Self published in 1997.
Lampoon (note date) about
government oversight of families
Home Eating a Threat to Public Kitchens? State Allows Growing Trend of
Eating At Home
Classic from the late John Holt
(1923 - 1985),
Constitutional Basis for Home Education
Home Educator's Family Times:
Ten Good Reasons to Homeschool
- from 1987:
The Home Schooling Movement by Clint Bolick,
an attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division.
Wait for the site to download as the page is cached at
the Internet Archive (aka, "Wayback Machine")
for very young
for little children
for older children
Buyer Be Aware
Driving in the car (during
field trips; PCSing; vacations)
of homeschooling and military terms
Hobby Horse Stable:
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