SKIPPING SCHOOL: Homeschooling in Los Angeles, 1950-2010

Record: Dixie Dillon Lane, Skipping School: Homeschooling in Los Angeles County, 1950-2010 (Ph.D. Diss, University of Notre Dame, 2015).

Summary:  Lane, who teaches history classes at Christendom College while homeschooling her three children, here presents a remarkable history of homeschooling in Los Angeles County that begins in the 1950s and ends around 2010.

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COLLEGE PERFORMANCE: Homeschooled vs. Traditional Students

Record: Martin C. Yu, Paul R. Sackett, and Nathan R. Kuncel, “Predicting College Performance of Homeschooled Versus Traditional Students.” Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 35, No. 4 (2016): 31-39. [Available Here]

Summary: Yu, Sackett, and Kuncel are from the Department of Psychology at the University of Minnesota. In this article they examine the college performance of 732 homeschooled students to discover whether high school grades and standardized test scores are predictive of their college grades and retention. Then they compare the homeschooling group to a demographically-matched group of students who graduated from traditional schools.

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SHARED PARENTAL RESPONSIBILITY: The Perils of Homeschooling & Divorce

Record: Anthony Barone Kolenc, “Homeschooling and the Perils of Shared Parental Responsibility.” The Florida Bar Journal, 90, No. 9 (2016): 44-50. [Available Here]

Summary: Kolenc is a professor at Florida Coastal School of Law in Jacksonville, Florida. He is also a homeschooling father who has spoken at homeschooling conferences and contributed regularly to homeschooling magazines. In this article, he discusses the burden that homeschooling may place on shared parental responsibility and offers several suggestions for continuing to homeschool after a divorce.

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HOMESCHOOLING IN BRAZIL: A Matter of Rights or a Political Debate?

Record: Luciane Muniz Ribeiro Barbosa, “Homeschooling in Brazil: A Matter of Rights or a Political Debate?” Journal of School Choice, 10, No. 3 (2016): 355-363. [Abstract]

SummaryLuciane Muniz Ribeiro Barbosa is a professor in the Department of Human Sciences and Education at the Universidade Federal de São Carlos. In this article she presents an analysis of homeschooling in Brazil and recent lawsuits against homeschooling families.

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HOMESCHOOLING & VIRTUAL LEARNING: The Eroding Binary of Public and Private Schools

Record: Aaron Saiger, “Homeschooling, Virtual Learning, and the Eroding Public/Private Binary.” Journal of School Choice, 10, No. 3 (2016): 297-319. [Abstract]

Summary: Aaron Saiger is a Professor of Law at Fordham University. In this article he argues that with homeschooling, virtual schools, and charter schools, the classic regulatory dichotomy of public and private schools is no longer adequate.

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EMOTIONAL AND BEHAVIORAL PROBLEMS: Comparison of School-going and Homeschooled Children

Record: Ari Neuman and Oz Guterman, “Schools and emotional and behavioral problems: A comparison of school-going and homeschooled children.” The Journal of Educational Research (2016): 1-8. [Abstract]

SummaryNeuman is senior lecturer of education at Western Galilee College, in Akko, Israel, and Guterman is a professor in the Department of Human Resources at the same university. In this article they compare the emotional and behavioral problems, depression, and attachment security of school-going and homeschooled children in Israel.

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TYPES OF HOMESCHOOL ENVIRONMENTS: Need Support for Children’s Academic Motivation

Record: Debra A. Bell, Avi Kaplan, and S. Kenneth Thurman, “Types of Homeschool Environments and Need Support for Children’s Academic Motivation.” Journal of School Choice, 10, No. 3 (2016): 330-354. [Abstract]

Summary: Bell is a former teacher, best-selling author, and the founder of three homeschooling co-ops. We reviewed her 2012 doctoral dissertation from which this study comes here. Kaplan is an Associate Professor of Educational Psychology at Temple University, and Thurman is a Professor of Special Education at Temple University. Together, these authors examine distinctions among homeschooling environments and the ways that these environments provide varying support for the development of students’ self-determination.

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HYBRID HOMESCHOOLS: Why Parents Choose Them

Record: Eric Wearne, “A Descriptive Survey of Why Parents Choose Hybrid Homeschools.” Journal of School Choice, 10, No. 3 (2016): 364-380. [Abstract / Modified Version Available Here]

SummaryEric Wearne is Assistant Professor of Education at Georgia Gwinnett College. In this article he investigates the phenomenon of hybrid (part-time) homeschooling.

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HOME EDUCATION IN FRANCE: Widespread Ignorance

Record: Philippe Bongrand, “’Compulsory Schooling’ Despite the Law: How Education Policy Underpins the Widespread Ignorance of the Right to Home Educate in France.” Journal of School Choice, 10, No. 3 (2016): 320-329. [Abstract]

Summary: Bongrand is a researcher from the ÉMA Research Center in the School of Education at the University of Cergy-Pontoise. In this article, he discusses the reasons for the ignorance surrounding the right to home educate in France, even though school attendance is not, and has never been, legally compulsory.

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RIGHT TO HOMESCHOOL: Seeking A Free Speech Right to Homeschool

Record: Jennifer Karinen, “Finding a Free Speech Right to Homeschool: An Emersonian Approach.” The Georgetown Law Journal, 105, No. 1 (2016): 191-215. [Abstract]

Summary: Karinen, a lawyer in New York and graduate of Georgetown University Law Center, in this article explains that a right to homeschool, including for secular purposes, can be assumed from the free speech protections of the First Amendment.

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