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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 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 Linda Dobson
Helen Hegener
Linda Dobson's name has long been associated with homeschooling -- she wrote the first articles on homeschooling to appear in a national magazine: Good Housekeeping. She has been News Editor for Home Education Magazine since 1993, and has contributed to several books on homeschooling and alternative education. Learn more about Linda Dobson from this interview by Helen Hegener.
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 Mary Griffith
Mary Griffith joined the Northern California Homeschool Association (now HomeSchool Association of California) in 1988, and was editor of their NCHA News (now California HomeSchooler) from June 1991 to April 1994. She wrote and published a booklet titled The Homeschooling Image: Public Relations Basics, based on the Homeschooling Information Clearinghouse Spotlight newsletter she published from 1994 to 1995. She wrote her book, The Homeschooling Handbook, with the help of homeschoolers around the country who voluntarily told her all about how and why they homeschool.
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.
Interview with Patrick Farenga
Helen Hegener
Patrick Farenga lives in Medford, Massachusetts with his wife, Day, and three girls: Lauren (11), Alison (7), and Audrey (4), all of whom are homeschooled. Patrick has worked at Holt Associates since 1981, the year John Holt's landmark book on homeschooling, Teach Your Own, was first published. He started off as a volunteer, packing books, answering phones, filling subscriptions, and typing up John Holt's correspondence off tapes he dictated. Patrick has been president of Holt Associates Inc. and the publisher of Growing Without Schooling since Holt's death in 1985.
John Holt and the Origins of Comtemporary Homeschooling
Patrick Farenga
Patrick Farenga's discussion of the role John Holt played in the evolution of the homeschooling movement.
John Holt: Teach Your Own Children...at Home
The Mother Earth News
An interview with John Holt from 1980 from The Mother Earth News. Holt discussed his own schooling experiences, how he discovered the key to real learning, and how the idea of homeschooling developed. He also discussed some concerns that parents new to the idea of homeschooling have. There is a short description of some of the legal issues that homeschoolers have faced and where the homeschooling movement is headed.
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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