Homeschooling as Social Policy

  • Stephen M. KingEmail author
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Homeschooling, or home education, is the education and training of school-age children, between ages 5 and 17, occurring in a nonpublic or registered private school setting.

Introduction: Brief Overview of Homeschooling in the USA

Although it as old as education itself, homeschooling, as a formal, institutionalized means of educating children, began in the late 1970s, with only a few thousand adherents. By 2012; however, latest estimates calculate over 1.7 million children homeschooled (National Center for Education Statistics 2013). According to the US Department of Education, children between ages 5 and 17 who were homeschooled increased 61.8 % or equivalent to 3.4 % of the total number of elementary- and secondary-aged school children. After battling early on for educational, cultural, and legal legitimacy, homeschooling, particularly with the assistance of organized legal lobbying groups, such as the Homeschool Legal...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Government, History, and Criminal Justice, College of Arts and SciencesRegent UniversityVirginia BeachUSA