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Homeschooling Comes into Its Own

Homeschooling Comes into Its Own

(p.84) Chapter Three Homeschooling Comes into Its Own
James G. DwyerShawn F. Peters
University of Chicago Press

In the early 1990s, the homeschooling movement became increasingly mainstream. Many parents who decided to educate their children at home cited social and cultural concerns more than worries about the supposedly ineffective pedagogy of the public schools. The homeschooling movement continued to comprise two divergent groups. The first, "pedagogues," sought alternatives to traditional schooling because they believed it failed to deliver meaningful education that would help children fully develop their creative and intellectual talents. The second, "ideologues," worried that public schools represented a direct and dire threat to their faith and their authority as parents. By 1990, an overwhelming majority of homeschoolers—roughly 90 percent—were conservative Christians. This represents a major departure from the movement's origins among secular ideologues who envisioned homeschooling as a way of fostering deeper learning. Today, homeschooling advocates are pushing for the removal of what little state oversight of homeschooling remains. The internet and digital technology have provided new resources to foster homeschooling by providing educational materials and connecting advocates.

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