Education began on the most intimate levels: the family and the community. With industrialization, education became professionalized and bureaucratized, typically conducted in schools rather than homes. Over the past half century, however, schooling has increasingly returned home, both in the United States and across the globe. This reflects several trends, including greater affluence and smaller family size leading parents to focus more on child well-being; declining faith in professionals (including educators); and the Internet, whose resources facilitate home education. In the United States, students who are homeschooled for at least part of their childhood outnumber those in charter schools. Yet remarkably little research addresses homeschooling.
This book brings together work from 20 researchers, addressing a range of homeschooling topics, including the evolving legal and institutional frameworks behind home education; why some parents make this choice; home education educational environments; special education; and outcomes regarding both academic achievement and political tolerance. In short, this book offers the most up-to-date research to guide policy makers and home educators, a matter of great importance given the agenda of the current presidential administration.
The chapters in this book were originally published as articles in the Journal of School Choice.
1. The Fall and Rise of Home Education Angela Watson, Robert Maranto, and Debra A. Bell
2. The Human Right of Home Education Michael P. Donnelly
3. Homeschooling, Virtual Learning, and the Eroding Public/Private Binary Aaron Saiger
4. Types of Homeschool Environments and Need Support for Children’s Achievement Motivation Debra A. Bell, Avi Kaplan and S. Kenneth Thurman
5. A Descriptive Survey of Why Parents Choose Hybrid Homeschools Eric Wearne
6. African American Homeschool Parents’ Motivations for Homeschooling and their Black Children’s Academic Achievement Brian Ray
7. Homeschooling is not just about Education: Focuses of Meaning Ari Neuman and Oz Guterman
8. Homeschool Parents and Satisfaction with Special Education Services Albert Cheng, Sivan Tuchman and Patrick J. Wolf
9. Are Homeschoolers Prepared for College Calculus? Christian P. Wilkens, Carol H. Wade, Gerhard Sonnert and Philip M. Sadler
10. Does Homeschooling or Private Schooling Promote Political Intolerance? Evidence from a Christian University Albert Cheng