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Changes in Parents’ Motivation to Home Educate

The following is a summary of a 21-page research paper by Bruce Arai, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo. The paper is entitled “Ideologues”, “Pedagogues” and “Mainstreamers”: Changes in Parents’ Motivations for Homeschooling. This paper is currently under review for publication by a scholarly journal. [Web Editor’s Note: this likely refers to this …

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Definitions

Homeschooling, homeschoolers First parents realized they could do the same things teachers did in public schools, and often much better. They began to reclaim their children and families and it was called “homeschooling.” There was the idea of trying to duplicate, as much as possible, what public schools were doing it, but doing it at …

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A Perception of OFTP

Recently OFTP received a letter which elicited a lot of response from the membership on the oftp email list. It is quite possible that the views expressed are common among people considering home education as a means of choosing something besides a problem-ridden public school system. The writer, more than likely not conversant with home …

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Homeschooling: Creating Alternatives To Education

Editor’s note: Patrick Farenga of Holt Associates/Growing Without Schooling, presented a speech at Pennsylvania State University’s Conference, “Education and Technology: Asking the Right Questions,” in October 1997. Here are excerpts from that speech. However, to me and many people, the effectiveness of homeschooling is not measured by school test scores. Among the many reasons for …

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A brief look at comparisons of standardized test results for home educated students and public school students.

© 1998 Mary Shaw There is an assumption in Western Society that education is necessary to a higher quality of life; it is also a general belief that education and schooling are synonymous. Society also assumes that the education provided in our public schools is the best that can be experienced. A look at the …

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