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Homeschooling Pioneers & Notable Figures
A Fifteen Year Perspective
HSLDA
When Michael Farris and Michael Smith founded Home School Legal Defense Association in March of 1983, home schooling was just a tiny blip on the education radar screen. The concept of parents teaching their children at home was relatively obscure, and the families who chose to follow this non-traditional education route were fairly certain to face opposition from the educational bureaucracy and following legal entanglements, as well as from their own friends and family.
Conversation with Michelle Wilbert: Living life "Close to the Root"
Helen Hegener
Michelle Wilbert is the author of a book sparking conversation among homeschoolers: Close to the Root: A Handbook of Simple, Sustainable and Earthy Alternatives for Family and Community Life.
Interview with David Albert
Kim O'Hara
David Albert is the author of the recently released book, And the Skylark Sings with Me: Adventures in Homeschooling and Community Based Education. He was interviewed by Kim O'Hara for Home Education Magazine.
Interview with Marty Layne
Helen Hegener
Homeschooling mother Marty Layne, of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, author of Learning at Home: A Mother's Guide to Homeschooling, has a perspective on homeschooling - and mothering - that we can all learn from, and she shares her unique perspective freely and openly with her readers.
Interview With Misty Dawn Thomas
Gina Rozon
Misty Dawn Thomas is Chairwoman of the Ani-Stohini/Unami Nation and founder of the Native American Home School Association (NAHSA). Her determination to make a difference in the lives of her children and her people runs like a vibrating length of steel beneath her pleasant southern manners and lilting accent.
Seelhoff vs. Welch: The Truth About cheryl
Shay Seaborne
An analysis of issues revolving around Cheryl Lindsey, Rick Seelhoff, and Sue Welch.
The African-American March in Homeschooling
Raymond Moore
Raymond Moore shares his insight into the movement of African American homeschooling. Includes a wonderful retelling of his experience in a Texas court room when Helen Jackson, the plaintiff in a class action lawsuit, made her compelling case for educating her own children.
The House the Burgeses Built: One Family’s Neighborhood-Wide Approach to Home Education
Greg Beato
In July 2000, Louisiana residents Joyce and Eric Burges created the National Black Home Educators Resource Association, a nonprofit organization that provides advice on curriculum materials, pairs new families with veteran home educators, and produces an annual symposium. The Burgeses’ goal is to encourage other African-American families to become more involved in their children’s education. This article tells their personal story and how they have impacted the community in which they live.


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