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Homeschooling a Personal Choice not a Movement

by Rebecca H. Davis - May 16, 2005

Based on personal experience with homeschooling and with participation in homeschool support groups and co-ops, the author offers insights into the diversity of reasons that motivate individuals to choose to homeschool, criticizing recent commentators and media pundits who suggest that the choice to home educate is part of a "movement" or "revolution." The author briefly reviews evidence suggesting the academic and social efficacy of homeschooling and suggests that while methodological questions remain in the extant literature, it is aparent that home educators are experiencing at least as much academic and social success as are public schools without benefit of public funds. Homeschooling thus makes a positive contribution to the educational system which should be acknowledged in future policy debates surrounding educational choice.

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: May 16, 2005
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11876, Date Accessed: 3/7/2021 4:17:32 AM

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    REBECCA H. DAVIS is a home educator who earned her Ph.D. from Emory University.
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