Homeschooling refers to situations in which a “school-aged child receives his or her education primarily at home,” usually provided by the child’s family, instead of attending a public or private school. The existence of homeschooling highlights complex issues regarding the proper roles of parents and government in the provision of education for children. This entry discusses the challenges involved in defining homeschooling, the status and social significance of homeschooling in different parts of the world, reasons why parents choose homeschooling for their children, and some debates over its merits and drawbacks.

Defining Homeschooling

Providing a single authoritative definition of homeschooling is difficult because there are many different circumstances that the term could encompass and because different scholars draw the boundaries of what counts as homeschooling in different ...

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