My article “Why Homeschooling Happened” from the Summer 2008 issue of Educational Horizons (vol. 86, no. 4), pp. 226-237 has just been published and is available online here.
This article is a MUCH truncated version of chapter four of my book–so truncated in fact that as I re-read it I find it very difficult to follow. About 2/3 of the original material in the article was cut, leaving a product that just barely coheres and reads too much like newspaper copy for my tastes. Nevertheless, though the prose is stilted and the details thin, my basic argument that homeschooling happened because Americans on both the political right and left found it to fit with their social vision does come through, as does my emphasis on the significance of suburbanization, beliefs about childhood, and changes in family structure.