The stereotypes around homeschooling have existed for decades. Since the modern homeschooling movement began in the late 20th century, those who favored this educational approach have largely been perceived as white, anti-establishment, radically Christian, and ultra-conservative.
But while this description does apply to some, the trend lines tell a different story. In recent years, homeschooling has been increasingly adopted by an ever more culturally and ideologically diverse segment of the population. This hour we speak with experts about the realities, controversies, and efficacy of homeschooling.
- Milton Gaither - Professor of Education at Messiah College and author of Homeschool: An American History
- Kerry McDonald - Writer for Natural Mother Magazine, a founding member of the Alliance for Self-Directed Education and co-editor of Choosing Home: 20 Mothers Celebrate Staying Home, Raising Children, and Changing the World
- Rachel Coleman - Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Coalition For Responsible Home Education
- Misty Bailey - Homeschooling mother of three and author of Homeschooling 101; you can read her blog at Findingjoyinthejourney.net
Colin McEnroe and Chion Wolf contributed to this show, which originally aired on June 6, 2017.