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ERIC Identifier: ED381849
Publication Date: 1995-04-00
Author: Lines, Patricia M.
Source: ERIC Clearinghouse on Educational Management Eugene OR.
Home Schooling. ERIC Digest, Number 95.
A smallbut growing number of school-aged children will not routinely spend time in a school classroom this year. Instead, these children engage in HOME SCHOOLING--that is, they will pursue learning at homeor elsewhere in the community.
There is no one way to do it. One family may begin with opening ceremonies to signal the start of the daily routine and follow a scheduled curriculum. Another family mayopt for child-led learning, where parents provide help as the child expresses interest in a topic. Usually parents provide supervision and help, but most children assume increasing responsibility forchoosing and carrying out projects as they mature.
Most families involved in home schooling organize activities with other families. Some children spend part of their time at a local public orprivate school, or a nearby college.
Schooling at home was a necessity in an age when there were a limited number of schools. After schools became universallyavailable, some traditional groups, including the Seventh Day Adventists and Mormons, still elected to keep their younger school-aged children at home. The Amish kept their older children out of publicschools, preferring to train them through life in the community.
In the 1970s, other families opted for home schooling, despite easy access to schools. In the early stages of this contemporarymovement, most were pursuing a philosophy of child-led learning, as articulated by writers and educators such as John Holt. Later, many families with strong religious convictions also turned to homeschooling.
On any given day, roughly half a million school-aged children are probably learning outside of a school classroom. They make up about 1 percent of the...
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