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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.
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 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.
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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