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Homeschooling Pioneers & Notable Figures
An Interview with Cafi Cohen
Marsha Ransom
Home Education Magazine's Older Kids' columnist, Cafi Cohen, homeschooled her two children, Jeff and Tamara. Her first book, "And What About College?" is a guidebook for families looking toward college after homeschooling. Cafi is also a contributor to Linda Dobson's newest book, The Homeschooling Book of Answers. Cafi and her husband Terry make their home in California, but Cafi makes frequent appearances at homeschooling conferences across the country. Frequent HEM contributor Marsha Ransom interviewed Cafi at a recent conference in California.
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.
Homeschooling: Back to the Future?
Isabel Lyman
Explore some of the history of the homeschooling movement, why some parents choose to homeschool, the basics of homeschooling, and more. The article includes some homeschooling statistics and demographic information. Also included is a discussion of the influences of Dr. Raymond Moore and John Holt on the emerging homeschool movement.
Interview with Cheryl Lindsey Seelhoff
Helen Hegener
Cheryl Lindsey Seelhoff and her husband Rick are the editors and publishers of Gentle Spirit, a magazine which explores a wide range of topics in each issue, including homesteading skills, food storage and cooking, gardening, growing herbs, homeschooling, parenting, relationships, and more.
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.
On the Edge of the 21st Century
HSLDA
The right to home school is based on two fundamental principles of liberty: religious freedom and parental rights. Whenever one of these two freedoms is threatened, our right to home school is in jeopardy. Here are the battles we think home educators will be facing as we enter the next century:
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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