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."
Herbert Spencer as an Anthropologist
[PDF], by Robert L. Carneiro, The Journal of Libertarian Studies
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 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 Lew Rockwell
, 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? ... the Time article on homeschooling ... was terribly revealing. ... Homeschoolers are diverse, they socialize, they excel academically, and they are sought by top colleges. "
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 and including audience member questions, many asking about ways to support Fritz and the Alliance's efforts
"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 in their home. ... home educators must continue to improve their own lives ... Other parents are watching ... When they 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."
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
"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
Chapter 1, made available online on tenth anniversary of the book's publication; 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 of who will look after education: 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. ... The slow process of centralization and bureaucratization, however, has long removed whatever control families once had over education of their children."
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
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
- ISBN 0394462270: Hardcover, Random House, 1971
- ISBN 0452253225: Paperback, Plume Books, 1978
- ISBN 0452257948: Paperback, Plume Books, 1985
- ISBN 0452261783: Paperback, New American Library, 1976
- ISBN 0452264030: Paperback, Plume Books, 1988
- ISBN 0452279100: Paperback, Plume Books, 1997
The Teenage Liberation Handbook: How to Quit School and Get a Real Life and Education
by Grace Llewellyn, 1991