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Educating children at home

Homeschooling, also called home education, is the education of children at home or a variety of other places. Home education is usually conducted by a parent or tutor or online teacher. Many families use less formal ways of educating. "Homeschooling" is the term commonly used in North America, whereas "home education" is commonly used in the United Kingdom, Europe and in many Commonwealth countries.

Web Pages

Montessori Homeschooling Groups
Lists homeschooling groups around the United States; part of the International Montessori Index
This page has been created at the request of parents, for the purpose of communication between, and with, families who are using Montessori philosophy, practice, materials, to homeschool their children.


The Education Tax Racket, by Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr., 24 Aug 2001
Discusses a complaint from a director of the Arkansas Department of Education about the boom in homeschooling possibly influencing property taxes used to pay for government schools
No wonder the homeschooling movement–the most momentous educational development of the last few decades and one of the most hopeful signs for the future–is starting to catch on in a big way ... Does Ray believe that homeschoolers and their anti-tax ways are responsible for [a bloody rampage]? Might such violence have something to do with why parents are withdrawing their kids from the schools to educate them at home? ... [T]he Time article on homeschooling ... was terribly revealing ... Homeschoolers are diverse, they socialize, they excel academically, and they are sought by top colleges.
Herbert Spencer as an Anthropologist [PDF], by Robert L. Carneiro, The Journal of Libertarian Studies, 1981
Traces Spencer's contributions to the fields now known as anthropology and sociology and how his concept of cultural evolution was developed
Herbert Spencer was born in Derby in the English Midlands ... Except for a period of three months, he never attended school, and was educated at home by his father and an uncle. Thus, his education was very uneven. He learned little or nothing of Latin, Greek, English, or history, but received an unusually firm grounding in geometry, algebra, trigonometry and mechanics. In fact, at the age of fifteen he was already reading Newton's Principia. Spencer's uncle wanted him to attend Cambridge, as he himself had, but Spencer declined, feeling that he was not suited for a university career.
Homeschooling: Back to the Future?, by Isabel Lyman, Policy Analysis, 7 Jan 1998
Traces the origins of homeschooling in the U.S. and how it has become accepted, includes answers to typical questions
Dissatisfied with the performance of government-run schools, more and more American families have begun teaching their children at home. Estimates of the number of homeschooled children vary widely; the best estimate is 500,000 to 750,000 ... There are two historical strains of homeschooling, a religious-right thread inspired by author Raymond Moore and a countercultural-left thread inspired by John Holt.
Homeschooling Grows Up [PDF], by Brian D. Ray, 2003
Largest research survey of home-educated adults, by the president of the National Home Education Research Institute
The results of Dr. Ray’s cutting-edge research defuse long-held false criticisms of homeschooling and seem to indicate that homeschooling produces successful adults who are actively involved in their communities and who continue to value education for themselves and their children.
Montessori Homeschooling Questions and Answers
List of questions and answers about Montessori and homeschooling, broken down by age
All parents, aunts and uncles, grandparents, and friends are 'homeschooling' children all the time whether they are aware of it or not! The most important life lessons, including love of academic learning, come from the home, not the school.
To Homeschool or Not to Homeschool: How Both Sides Got It Wrong, Part 1, by Scott McPherson, 19 Sep 2003
Examines a debate on the pages of USA Today between supposedly opposing sides on the homeschooling issue
Parents who choose to home-school their children ... have chosen to reject the government-run educational system ... Some find the government education system too secular, too politically correct, too inefficient, too corrupt, too crime-ridden, too sexual, too faddish, too bureaucratic, too incompetent, too dangerous, or any combination thereof. Some, known as 'un-schoolers,' find the entire concept of 'teaching' and 'schooling' to be impediments to real learning.
To Homeschool or Not to Homeschool: How Both Sides Got it Wrong, Part 2, by Scott McPherson, 24 Sep 2003
Examines the opponents' view in a debate on the pages of USA Today about homeschooling
Any parent who is either homeschooling or planning to do so is quite aware of his own limitations, which is precisely why home-schooling networks provide information on tutorial services offered by fellow members. Those advertising to teach specific subject matter are usually homeschoolers themselves who have learned through personal experience that which Evans shrouds in mystery as the elusive 'teacher competency.'
W(h)ither Public Schools?, by Sheldon Richman, Separating School & State, 1994
Chapter 1, made available online on 19 May 2004 to celebrate the tenth publication anniversary; discusses how even mild "public school" reforms are treated as "deadly threats", why a new vision is needed and the role of the family in educating children
If the state does not look after education, who will? ... When people are free, there has been and will be only one answer to the question ...: the family. The institution of family is an outgrowth of individualism and freedom. A man and a woman freely choose to build a life together and raise children. The idea of family without primary responsibility for education is ludicrous ... [A]t first ... schools claimed to value the family. The slow process of centralization and bureaucratization, however, has long removed whatever control families once had over education of their children.


Libertarian Profile: Richard Maybury, by Richard Maybury, Jim Elwood, Freedom Network News, 2003
Topics discussed include: how Maybury became a libertarian, his "Uncle Eric" books and homeschooling, the "packaging" needed to sell liberty and his Early Warning Report investment newsletter
ISIL: You have written 11 books, the "Uncle Eric" series ... I believe these are geared to the home school market? Have you had success in this endeavor?
Maybury: The ... series is read by adults ... but, yes, its main market is home schoolers and charter schools. The response has been amazing. Home schoolers know the government wants children raised by government-controlled schools, not by parents ... A lot of home schoolers do not feel their children are fully educated unless they have both sides of the story and, of course, these people are naturally attracted to the non-statist side.
The Separation of School and State Alliance: An Interview with Marshall Fritz, by Marshall Fritz, 3 Jun 1999
Transcript of online chat hosted by Mary Leggewie (creator of and including audience member questions, many asking about ways to support Fritz and the Alliance's efforts
Marshall Fritz: For about 200 years, Americans educated their children using a variety of church schools, home schooling, charity schools, and dame schools. I am hoping to see a resurgence of dame schools led by homeschool moms who find they really love teaching ...
[H]ome educators must continue to improve their own lives ... When [other parents] see loving, obedient, engaging children ... they know you are doing SOMETHING right ...
Dame schools were popular from the 1600s into the mid 1800s. A woman would have 3-8 children come to her home each day, usually ages 5-8. She taught them to read.


Homeschooling: The Early Years: Your Complete Guide to Successfully Homeschooling the 3- to 8- Year-Old Child
    by Linda Dobson, 1999
Homeschooling: The Middle Years: Your Complete Guide to Successfully Homeschooling the 8- to 12- Year-Old Child
    by Shari Henry, 1999
Homeschooling: The Teen Years: Your Complete Guide to Successfully Homeschooling the 13- to 18- Year-Old
    by Cafi Cohen, 2000
Teaching Montessori in the Home: The Pre-School Years
    by Elizabeth G. Hainstock, 1968
Teaching Montessori in the Home: The School Years
    by Elizabeth G. Hainstock, 1971
The Teenage Liberation Handbook: How to Quit School and Get a Real Life and Education
    by Grace Llewellyn, 1991

The introductory paragraph uses material from the Wikipedia article "Homeschooling" as of 17 Oct 2018, which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.