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A reader suggested that while I’m taking this year off there may be some of you out there who would be willing to do a review of a piece of homeschooling research you come across.  If so, I’ll be happy to post it here for everyone to read.  You can email me any reviews you may want to do at mgaither@messiah.edu.  Thanks Rina for the suggestion!

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In a few minutes I will post the last post this blog will see for about a year.  I have recently been asked to write a history of education curriculum for an online publisher that will take every spare moment to complete by the publisher’s deadline.  I love writing the reviews on this blog, but they do take up a lot of time.  My apologies to my many faithful readers for this break in programming.  I’ll be back in July of 2011 though, and by then I’m sure there will be a lot of new homeschooling research for me to note!

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It’s always a welcome development when a notable journal decides to devote an entire issue to homeschooling.  This has been done only a very few times.  Back in 2000 the prestigious Peabody Journal of Education devoted Volume 75, Issue 1/2 to homeschooling, (more…)

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Continuing the theme of last week’s post, here follows a round-up of more recent treatments of homeschooling in the mainstream press.

First, here is a human-interest piece from the New Yorker about homeschooled child actors.    (more…)

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I don’t have a piece of research to review for this week so instead I’ll briefly comment on a few homeschooling-related stories that have recently made the news or appeared in trade magazines.

First, there’s a great story in this week’s Sports Illustrated (28 September 2009) about Bonnie Richardson, who single-handedly won the class 1A Texas state track championship for her teeny school Rochelle High.     (more…)

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I’ve been asked to pass on the following announcement.  The way the questions it poses are worded makes me a bit wary, for the editors seem to assume an a priori antagonism between parental and public interests that to me feels dated.  But the call is also open ended enough to allow for multiple perspectives on its topics:

 

CALL FOR PAPERS

Theory and Research in Education is soliciting submissions for a special issue on homeschooling. Homeschooling has emerged as an increasingly important educational and social phenomenon, facilitated by the repeal of many of the regulatory requirements that had limited its scope. Scholarly commentary on the normative and policy issues surrounding homeschooling has been limited, perhaps in part because there have been few studies of the nature and aspirations of the homeschool movement. To what extent, if any, should public policy discourage the spread of homeschooling or reinstate regulations calculated to ensure its adequacy? To what extent, if any, should public resources be directed toward facilitating or ensuring the adequacy of homeschooling? What tests of adequacy, or protections of children’s rights, should apply? In contemplating homeschooling, how should we understand the nature and extent of parent’s claims to control the education of their children? What if any legitimate public interests, and children’s interests, are advanced, and which hindered, by homeschooling? What would be an appropriate policy framework governing homeschooling? The editors of Theory and Research in Education invite papers addressing any subset of these questions, as well as historical, sociological, or other studies relevant to answering them. Papers and inquiries may be directed to any of the editors: Prof. Harry Brighouse [mhbrigho@wisc.edu], Prof. Randall Curren [rcurren@mail.rochester.edu], Prof. Elaine Unterhalter [Elaine.unterhalter@gmail.com], or Mr. Mitja Sardoc [Mitja.sardoc@guest.arnes.si]. Deadline: April 15, 2009.

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Just a note for readers of this blog:  Next week our family is going away on vacation and after that it will be time to get ready for the upcoming fall semester at my college, so I will not have the kind of time I’ve had over the summer to compose these blog entries.  I’ll still update the blog as much as I can, hopefully at least once a week, but definitely not daily as I’ve been doing for the past few weeks.  Thanks to everyone who has been stopping by!

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Dana Hanley of principleddiscovery.com has an online radio show which can be accessed here.  Today at 2:30 I’ll be talking with her about my book Homeschool: An American History.  The show is archived, so you can catch it any time.

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When it was released a few days ago it cost $29.95.  But this morning I checked and my book Homeschool: An American History is now $21.56 at Amazon.  Just wanted to pass that on.

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My book is out!

After six plus years of work, my book Homeschool: An American Historyis officially released today.  (more…)

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