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Home Schooling: The Right Choice : An Academic, Historical, Practical, and Legal Perspective [Paperback]

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Pages   480
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 6" Height: 9.25"
Weight:   1.4 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 31, 2001
Publisher   Broadman And Holman
ISBN  0805425853  
EAN  9780805425857  

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Since its original publication in 1995, this is the number one resource for home schooling that belongs on every parent's shelf. This book will remove all doubts in the mind of the reader about the effectiveness of home schooling. Anyone already home schooling or thinking about it will want to read this excellent and very practical book.

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Christopher J. Klicka is a homeschooling father of seven, popular speaker, and author. Since 1985, when homeschooling was still illegal in most states, he has served as Senior Counsel of the Home School Legal Defense Association, working successfully in the legislatures and courts to win the right to homeschool without burden-some regulations. Klicka works in Purcellville, Virginia

Christopher J. Klicka was born in 1961.

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don't bother  Jun 28, 2007
Let me start by saying I'm as right wing conservative as they come, but this was even too much for me! This book is SO religious based, over the top, and non main stream. It made me uncomfortable and actually started to turn me away from homeschooling. It made homeschooling seem so different that I started to feel afraid to do it. So much talk about spanking kids and then the part about ADHD being caused by too much TV!!! Come on. That is frustrating and obviously from someone who knows nothing about these kids. My own son never watched TV, we only have it now hooked to a video for educational movies (bill nye, etc.) and he has terrible ADHD.

Don't bother with this book if you are looking for a resource that will make you feel comfortable with your decision to homeschool. This made me feel like a freak. And it's a very dry boring read to boot.
This book will help you make "The Right Choice"  Jan 20, 2007
Originally published in 1995 and updated in 2000, Home Schooling is less a defense of home schooling than it is an argument for why you, too, should home school. In one of his speeches at the NICHE conference, Klicka made the point that the most important job we have as parents is to raise our children to know and love Jesus. In Home Schooling, Klicka makes the point that we cannot expect our children to think and act like Christians if they spend their whole day, five days a week, in an environment that teaches them to think and act like a secular humanist.

Home Schooling begins with an indictment of public schools, underscoring its propositional rather than defensive nature. Public schools, in general, are failing our children academically, morally, and philosophically. Particularly enlightening is chapter 3's recitation of the express goals of the founders of state education and of the professors at education colleges and the subsequent manifestation of those goals.

But all of that is just why you should avoid home schools. In Parts II and III, Klicka affirmatively addresses why you should home school. Klicka notes the Biblical principles supporting home schooling, the benefits of home schooling, and the large number of influential Americans who were home schooled. He also sets forth practical steps to successful home schooling--providing the encouragement you need to realize that you can do it--as well as the success home schoolers have in college.

Home Schooling goes on to recite the victories won against those with an interest in a public school monopoly. The victories have come in both the legislative and judicial branches. Klicka has firsthand knowledge of many of them and some of them have been truly miraculous. Included in these sections is a thorough, but easy to understand recitation of home schoolers' rights.

The book also includes a number of helpful appendices, including "The Difference Between Christian Education and Humanistic Education," "Fifteen Reasons to Home School Your Teenagers," and "The Social Worker Skit: How to Handle a Visit From a Social Worker."

Throughout the book, Klicka effectively refutes each of the criticisms directed toward home schooling. Given the documented success of home schoolers versus their public and private schooled peers, no one can legitimately claim academic deficiencies as a basis for opposing home schooling. What about socialization? The question is too simple. What kind of socialization is preferable? As a wise person once told me, proper socialization comes from modeling adults, not other children. The public school environment is an artificial one where our children only interact with, save their teacher, other kids their age. No other setting in society is like that.

The one criticism of the book that I can muster is Klicka's reliance on substantive due process arguments for the constitutional right to home school. "Substantive" due process (an oxymoron) is the underpinning of the U.S. Supreme Court's created right to abortion. Clearly, as an attorney in a court of law defending home schoolers, Klicka should latch onto anything the Supreme Court has given him, but in a book dealing with home schooling history and long-term strategies going forward, substantive due process is not something to rely on. It was made up out of thin air and could vanish just as easily, or could be applied arbitrarily.

In any event, Home Schooling is the perfect book for people already home schooling who will be encouraged that they have made the right decision and will gain a greater appreciation of the sacrifices those who started home schooling in the 1980s made, for people thinking about home schooling but are not sure they can do it, and for people trying to understand why their friends and family are home schooling rather than doing what just about everyone else does. It will remain a valuable part of my library.
LOTS of information about home schooling and its history  Sep 16, 2004
I read this book after hearing it recommended by Chuck Missler in one of his briefings. This book is filled with a lot of information on the historical background of home schooling here in America. It lists many examples of home schooled children that went on to become some of the most important people in American history (basically most of the founders of the USA). Klicka also has a lot of statistics that show the success of today's average home schooled students when compared to average public education students. The book has been around for years, and this is a new, updated, version of that old book. Since this book was first written the number of home schoolers has skyrocketed. After reading this book, one can fully understand why most public school teachers choose to send their own children to private schools (if they don't choose to home school). Klick know from where he speaks. He is the head of the Home School Legal Defense Association that assists home schoolers around the country. He and his wife have home schooled all of their children and he is dedicated to the cause as part of his religious convictions. Today, there a many people, including many non-religious ones, who are choosing to home school, and Klicka is one of the people who have made that option possible today by making sure their rights to do it are kept intact. If you have even the slightest interest in possibly home schooling your children, then this is the book to start with.
The book that convinced me  May 1, 2002
This is the book that convinced me to homeschool. It looks at the failure of the public school system in teaching our children, statistics regarding teachers, increase in crime, SAT scores, etc. and the political issues driving the public schools. Great book.

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