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Homeschooling: The History and Philosophy of a Controversial Practice

James G. Dwyer and Shawn F. Peters


Homeschooling—pervasive in colonial times, an anomaly a half century ago, today a national movement—now has a two-faced nature, one ugly and threatening as seen by critics, the other beautiful and wholesome in defenders’ eyes. The reality is that today it is no one thing. Nearly two million American families are doing it, for a great variety of reasons and with a widely divergent range of approaches, by parents whose abilities also vary considerably. The authors posit that homeschooling can be for many children far superior educationally to what the local public schools offer, but also that it ... More

Keywords: education, maltreatment, parents' rights, child development, teaching qualification, learning assessment, common schools

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780226627113
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226627397.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James G. Dwyer, author
William & Mary School of Law

Shawn F. Peters, author
University of Wisconsin-Madison