ERIC Number: ED309884
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Mar
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An Overview of Home Schooling in the United States: Its Growth and Development and Future Challenges.
Ray, Brian D.
In view of the fact that in the past decade parents have increasingly begun to educate their children at home, this paper aims to provide an overview of home schooling in the United States. The paper reviews the history of home schooling, describes the characteristics of families involved in home schooling, and discusses the future of home schooling in this country. While today's home schooling movement can be traced to antecedents in the alternative education and deschooling movements of the 1960s and 1970s, the primary motivation for home schoolers today is their desire to teach Christian values to their children. Characteristics of home schooling families and families that send their children to conventional schools are not very different. Concluding discussion focuses on aspects of three domains that will affect home education in the future: (1) the nature of future research on home schooling; (2) the consequences of responses of advocates of conventional schools, both public and private, to home education; and (3) what might be done to help parents provide the best education for their children if home schooling is accepted as a valid educational alternative. (RH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, March 27-31, 1989).