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History of Homeschooling

Early Days of AOL Homeschooling Forums 
AN A TO Z ARTICLE
In the early days of AOL they sent out a little monthly magazine much like a TV Guide, telling when the chats would be and other interesting features they had.

Ravage of Home Education Through Exclusion By Religion
AN Z TO Z ARTICLE
A White Paper by Raymond S. Moore, Homeschool Founder. How HSLDA divided the homeschool community.

Roots of Homeschooling
AN Z TO Z ARTICLE
When people write about the history of the homeschooling movement there’s one name which comes quickly to mind: John Holt. By Helen Hegener.

The Best of Colfax Corner
As many of you veteran readers may recall, David and Micki wrote a regular column, The Colfax Corner, in The Link for a couple of years. However, David and Micki’s duties as noted above, preclude them from writing at this time. Especially for the benefit of our newer readers and those new to homeschooling in general, we wanted to reproduce some of the best from those columns.

A Brief History of American Homeschooling
Excerpted from Homeschoolers’ Success Stories: 15 Adults and 12 Young People Share the Impact That Homeschooling Has Made on Their Lives by Linda Dobson (Prima Publishing, (c) 2000.)

A Brief History of Homeschooling
The concept of universal compulsory schooling is a very recent idea, one that is not even two hundred years old, yet we act as if it is an ancient, sure-fire way to make sure our children “learn something.” By Patrick Farenga.

A History Lesson
I am not going to argue that Washington state’s home education law is the model legislation to emulate, or even that the legislative route we took back in the 80’s was the wisest path to take. But those state legislators recognized the focus of our efforts and the strength in our diversity, and we now need to re-learn that lesson. By Mark Hegener, HEM M/A 10.

Homeschooling Research Notes
Homeschool: An American History author, Milton Gaither, writes about his process, and his errors. A good resource and contact for those researching the history of homeschooling.

Homeschoolers Are at Home at Harvard
Reed N. Colfax ’92 and J. Drew Colfax ’90

Published in The Crimson, Harvard’s publication. Reed and his brothers, J. Drew Colfax ’90 and Grant N. Colfax ’87, are among the approximately 500,000 students who are taught at home by their parents instead of attending regular schools.

 A Homeschooler’s History
By Cheryl Seelhoff. A very human story.
Continuing articles, also in PDF format:
Part II: Influences,
Part III: 1990-1992,
Part IV: H.R. 6,
Part V: The Gentle Spirit Controversy, and
Part VI: 1995-1997.

HSLDA’s “History” Erodes the Foundations of Our Freedom
HSLDA has relied on statutes, including legislation and court cases, which do not give us our freedom and which instead erode its foundations. By Larry and Susan Kaseman, HEM S/O 01.

John Holt and GWS
One name written large in the history of homeschooling is that of the widely acclaimed author, relentless education reformer, and respected social critic, John Caldwell Holt. His great legacy is the homeschooling movement itself. By Helen Hegener, HEM M/J 06.

John Holt and the Origins of Contemporary Homeschooling
By focusing on the work of author and teacher John Holt though, one can trace not only a personal journey from school reformer to unschooler, but also an intellectual and educational legacy that led to homeschooling that is little reported by conservative and liberal media alike.


 Kitchen Tables and Marble Halls: WPA and Homeschooling In Wisconsin
A history of how a small group of homeschool parents started WPA, and grew it into a powerful force for the freedom to homeschool in Wisconsin.

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A Piece of Homeschool History
The National Homeschool Association, which organized itself largely within the letters and editorial sections of the Home Education Magazine, no longer exists, but it left a legacy, a beautifully crafted piece of writing which came out of that final gathering, and which we’d like to share with our readers again. By Helen Hegener, HEM, M/J 2011.

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