How to Research on Homeschooling?

Start from the beginning. Ask yourself, where does the idea of homeschooling come from?

One figure that often crops up is John Holt, the founder of modern homeschooling/unschooling in the USA. His books and philosophy have influenced generations of homeschoolers in the USA, and beyond.

A quick search will bring up this easy-to-read article online. It is an interview with Holt in 1980.

To quote :

“Why homeschooling?

That’s a big question. The great advantage is intimacy, control of your time, flexibility of schedule, and the ability to respond to the needs of the child, and to the inclinations. If the child is feeling kind of tired or out of sorts, or a little bit sick, or kind of droopy in spirits, okay, we take it easy, and things go along very calmly and easily. When the child is full of energy and rambunctious, then we tackle big projects, we try tough stuff, we look at hard books. And I think schools could do much more than they do in this kind of flexibility, but in fact they don’t. I want to make it clear that I don’t see homeschooling as some kind of answer to badness of schools. I think that the home is the proper base for the exploration of the world which we call learning or education. Home would be the best base no matter how good the schools were. The proper relationship of the schools to home is the relationship of the library to home, or the skating rink to home. It is a supplementary resource.

But the school is a kind of artificial institution, and the home is a very natural one. There are lots of societies without schools, but never any without homes. Home is the center of the circle from which you move out in all directions, so there is no conceivable improvement in schools that would change my mind about that.”


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You may think this excerpt is good enough not to go further. Not safe. More often than not, people have a skewed idea of the educator or his/her approach. You don’t want to be someone who have an incomplete understanding, or pass on misleading information. Always read articles in context.  If you don’t have time, bookmark the article for later reading.

THINK CRITICALLY

Begin your study of Homeschooling by reading up on John Holt, and other well known educators who advocate homeschooling.

  • Do you agree or disagree with what they say? How so?
  • How would you adapt what you read to your national and cultural context?
  • What would you implement straightaway in your homeschooling?

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