• Entry
  • Reader's guide
  • Entries A-Z
  • Subject index


Homeschooling, the oldest form of schooling, was the norm until the introduction of the common school movement in the 1840s. The modern homeschooling movement began in the 1970s but was then considered a fringe activity. Since then, its movement from the fringe to the mainstream has been remarkable. In the late 1970s, only about 10,000 children were homeschooled. By 2010, more than 2 million children, or 3.8% of the school-age population, were homeschooled. This is approximately equal to the number of students enrolled in charter schools. In principle, homeschooling is similar to other educational choice options, but it strictly confines the choice to a primarily home-based, family-funded, and parent-led education program. It is often regarded as the ultimate form of school choice because (a) parents ...

  • Loading...
locked icon

Sign in to access this content

Get a 30 day FREE TRIAL

  • Watch videos from a variety of sources bringing classroom topics to life
  • Read modern, diverse business cases
  • Explore hundreds of books and reference titles