Archive for April, 2010

This post reviews Molly H. Duggan, “Are Community Colleges ‘Home-School Friendly?’: An Exploration of Community College Web Sites as an Indicator of ‘Friendliness'” in Community College Journal of Research and Practice 34: 55-63 (2010).

Duggan, whose earlier work on community colleges and homeschooling I reviewed here, this time asks what community colleges are doing, if anything, to recruit homeschooled students.  (more…)


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While reading this humorous and engaging take on homeschool stereotypes by the blogger Kelly Green and Gold I started thinking about some way to track how homeschooling is represented in popular media.  That’s a huge task of course.  But I knew that the website HULU archives a lot of television, so I wondered if there was any way to search the site for homeschooling themes.  (more…)

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This post reviews Ruth Wallis Herndon and John E. Murray, eds., Children Bound to Labor: The Pauper Apprentice System in Early America(Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2009)

This fascinating book is the product of a long process of collaboration by a wide range of historians brought together by the Spencer Foundation under the leadership of the amazing educational historian John Rury.  Herndon and Murray collaborated with 11 other researchers to produce the most comprehensive and compelling look by far at the institution of pauper apprenticeships in North America from the colonial period until about 1850.  Why does this matter for homeschooling?  Because throughout this period, the most common way to educate children in dire circumstances was in the homes of more stable families.  (more…)

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This post briefly reviews Susie Heumier Aasen, “New Followers of an Old Path-Homeschoolers” in Educator’s World 32, no. 4 (January 2010): 12-14. [Available Here]

Aasen, veteran homeschooling mother of five in Washington State, here summarizes the basics of homeschooling research.  She leads off with the 2007 NCES data that estimated there to be around 1.5 million homeschoolers in the U.S.  She describes the diversity of motives, pedagogies, and types of people who homeschool.  She cites Brian Ray’s NHERI research to show that  (more…)

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