ERIC Number: EJ1053777
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
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Confrontation and Cooperation: The Complicated Relationship between Homeschoolers and Public Schools
Johnson, Donna M.
Peabody Journal of Education, v88 n3 p298-308 2013
Throughout the modern homeschool movement that emerged in the 1960s and 1970s, homeschooling families have clashed with public institutions. Early homeschoolers joined together to win favorable legislative and judicial outcomes that resulted in the legalization of homeschooling in all 50 states by the early 1990s. Homeschoolers continue to face opposition from professional educators and the organizations that advocate for them. But although some interactions between homeschoolers and public schools are confrontational, in other cases, public school districts offer a variety of resources and opportunities to home educators. Some homeschoolers accept public school offerings through charter or online schools that allow children to remain at home while completing public school curricula. Others have gained the right to access public school extracurricular programs including high school sports. Not all homeschoolers agree on the merit of participating in programs offered by public schools. It is likely that instances of both cooperation and confrontation will continue.
Descriptors: Home Schooling, Educational History, Public Schools, United States History, Interaction, School Districts, Charter Schools, Online Courses, Access to Education, Extracurricular Activities, Cooperation, Conflict, Elementary Secondary Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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