Posts Tagged ‘History of Homeschooling’

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. 

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My bookon the history of homeschooling in the United States will be officially released tomorrow.  Here, for those interested, is a list of the chapter titles:   (more…)

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Six years in the making, my book Homeschool: An American Historywill become available June 24.  Here’s the publisher’s blurb:

“This is a lively account of one of the most important and overlooked themes in American education. Beginning in the colonial period and working to the present, Gaither describes in rich detail how the home has been used as the base for education of all kinds. The last five chapters focus especially on the modern homeschooling movement and offer the most comprehensive and authoritative account of it ever written. Readers will learn how and why homeschooling emerged when it did, where it has been, and where it may be going.”

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