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THE A-to-Z of Homeschooling
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Activists Who Were Homeschooled

Most don’t homeschool their children intending them to become activists and changing the world in many ways, but often they grow up that way, and make huge differences.

Peter Jennings, News Anchor
This ninth grade drop out has many honors in his field. Read: Peter Jennings: A Reporter’s Life.

Itzcuauhtli and Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, Environmentalists
These brothers, Itzcuauhtli and Xiuhtezcatl, are eco-hip-hop performers and youth directors of an international organization called Earth Guardians. Read: Xiuhtezcatl Martinez: Protecting the Environment and Indigenous Rights.

John and Elizabeth Edwards, Politician
We’re using the curriculum from the school. We have employed a certified teacher to teach them. The thing they do get to decide is whether they come to an event or not.

Rebecca “Becky” Ogle, Disabilities Movement
Although she has acquired a reputation as a fighter who never retreats, Rebecca Ogle, the executive director of the Presidential Task Force on Employment of Adults with Disabilities, isn’t just fighting for herself–she is hoisting the battle flag for the approximately 54 million people with disabilities in this country.

Reed Colfax, Legal Partner
Reed Colfax practices primarily in Civil Rights Litigation. He has extensive experience in representing individuals and organizations in housing, public accommodations, and employment discrimination cases. He is the son of David and Micki Colfax, who have documented their homeschool family in several books.

Homeschooling for Excellence - Childhood of activist, Reed Colfax
by David and Micki Colfax, Reed’s parents
Read Inside


For over fifteen years, David and Micki Colfax educated their children at home. They don’t think of themselves as pioneers, though that’s what they became. Unhappy with the public schools, the Colfaxes wanted the best education possible for their four sons: a program for learning that met the evolving needs of each child and gave them complete control of how and what their children learned. The results? A prescription for excellence-Harvard educations for their sons Grant, Drew, and Reed. (Their fourth son is still too young for college.)

Now the Colfaxes tell how all parents can become involved in homeschooling. In a straight-talking book that reads like a frank conversation among friends, they tell what they did and how they did it: their educational approaches, the lessons they learned, and what materials-books, equipment, educational aids-proved most useful over the years. Best of all, they show you how you can take charge of your children’s education-in an invaluable sourcebook that will help you find a rewarding and successful alternative to our failing schools.
Kindle Edition

Teresa Scanlan, Beauty Queen with a Cause
She was at home through her junior year of high school, when she attended Gering High School part-time. Her favorite subject? “Probably government and those [types of] classes.”

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