ERIC Number: ED417483
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
The Evolving Relationship between Home Schoolers and Their Local Public Schools.
Angelis, Kristine L.
There has been a dramatic increase in the number of children being home schooled during the past decade. The history of home schooling and its increasing interrelationship with public schooling are detailed. Demographic information on the home school population, a definition of home schooling, reasons to home school, and beliefs surrounding this practice are offered. A brief history of home schooling going back to the Colonial period of the United States is then provided, including the evolution of compulsory attendance laws, problems for home schooling, and the legality of home schooling. Legal issues are explored at length, with a focus on Supreme Court decisions that have affected home schooling, the role of private education, and the academic achievement of home schoolers. An analysis of public-school cooperation with home schoolers features examples such as dual enrollment, eligibility requirements for sports, and academic achievement. Some of the advantages and disadvantages are discussed, along with the internal problems that home schooling can engender. The paper closes with a profile of home schooling, outlining ideas to benefit public schools and the role of parents in such endeavors. Contains 67 references. (RJM)
Publication Type: Historical Materials; Reports - Research
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