Educating children at home

Reference

Homeschooling - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Homeschooling or homeschool (also called home education or home based learning) is the education of children at home, typically by parents or by tutors, rather than in other formal settings of public or private school. Although prior to the introduction of compulsory school attendance laws, most childhood education occurred within the family or community, homeschooling in the modern sense is an alternative in developed countries to attending public or private schools. Homeschooling is a legal option for parents in many countries, allowing them to provide their children with a learning environment as an alternative to public or private schools outside the individual's home. ..."

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."

Articles

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 on April 27, 1820. 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."
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, by Dr. 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."
The Education Tax Racket, by Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr., 24 Aug 2001
Discusses a complaint from a state Education director 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. This is prompting much grousing from the public-school industry."
Related Topic: Arkansas
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.'"

Books

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
Related Topic: Maria Montessori
Teaching Montessori in the Home: The School Years
    by Elizabeth G. Hainstock, 1971
Related Topic: Maria Montessori
The Teenage Liberation Handbook: How to Quit School and Get a Real Life and Education
    by Grace Llewellyn, 1991