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Homeschool: An American History [Paperback]

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Pages   273
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 5.5" Height: 8"
Weight:   0.7 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 1, 2008
Publisher   MACMILLAN PUBLISHING #1515
ISBN  0230606008  
EAN  9780230606005  


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This is a lively account of one of the most important and overlooked themes in American education. Beginning in the colonial period and working to the present, Gaither describes in rich detail how the home has been used as the base for education of all kinds. The last five chapters focus especially on the modern homeschooling movement and offer the most comprehensive and authoritative account of it ever written. Readers will learn how and why homeschooling emerged when it did, where it has been, and where it may be going.

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This is a lively account of one of the most important and overlooked themes in American education. Beginning in the colonial period and working to the present, Gaither describes in rich detail how the home has been used as the base for education of all kinds. The last five chapters focus especially on the modern homeschooling movement and offer the most comprehensive and authoritative account of it ever written. Readers will learn how and why homeschooling emerged when it did, where it has been, and where it may be going.



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More About Milton Gaither

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Milton Gaither is Associate Professor of Education at Messiah College in Grantham, PA. He has published several articles and one book, "American Educational History Revisited: A Critique of Progress," He resides in Mechanicsburg, PA, with his wife, Elizabeth, and their four children Rachel, Aidan, Susanna, and Macrina.


Milton Gaither currently resides in Mechanicsburg, in the state of Pennsylvania.

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Insightful, enjoyable read  Apr 25, 2010
Homeschool: An American History may be the single most extensively researched and accessibly written resource of its kind on the market. Milton Gaither has done all the leg work for his readers in this thoughtful, subtly witty book, outlining with grace the nuanced developments within the "homeschooling movement" over several centuries of American educational experiments. I know of no other book supplying such an even-handed and objective treatment of a stream within education so often either demonized or deified.

You will find Gaither's writing engaging and streamlined, enriching his subject matter: a far cry from generic textbook style prose. This superb volume will be of indispensable use to those interested in the modern homeschooling movement, in American history, in educational theory and practice, or even in religion's influence within the political sphere. Petition your local library to carry a copy if you can't get it any other way!
 
Well worth the read  Mar 15, 2010
I expected this to be just another rah-rah for homeschooling, and in a sense it is because its conclusions are very positive. But it comes to those conclusions using scholarly logic and interesting research, covering education from centuries ago up to the present. Although I am an active leader in homeschooling there was much that I didn't know until now. At times it was as pleasurable as a drilling at the dentist's office because I felt he was being "too fair"! Which is a compliment to Professor Gaither. If you want to broaden your perspective, as well as your knowledge, this book is for you.
 
Fascinating History  Mar 3, 2009
Well-written, the research in this book is great, and the incorporation of what I would call anecdotal historic trivia makes the book wonderfully approachable and applicable and accessible. The book is laid-out well and focused, and is a really fast read, which is an impressive feat when you're tackling such a potentially dry subject. The author, as noted, is a professor, and, if he teaches anything like he writes, his students are mighty fortunate.

My only complaint would have to be the cover. It belies the author's witty, congenial and accessible writing style.
 
Great History of Homeschooling!!!  Jan 12, 2009
This book was so much more than just the history of Homeschooling, to me it seemed to also be a great history of the American family as well. It's amazing how the American family, and educational system has changed so radically. I have a new understanding of how family worked at the beginning of our nation. This book also gives the reader a new understanding of the different thoughts and reasons for homeschooling in our current times. Not only did I glean a new understanding of the homeschooling world and it's history, the writing was extremely well thought out, well planned, easily understood,and poignant for a time when the face of homeschooling is on the verge of changing yet again.

So many books about homeschooling are filled with nothing but opinion or beliefs, it's been hard for me to find a book that takes a scholarly look at homeschooling with out showing a clear bias, Milton Gaither has done this and done this well. I would recommend this book to not only homeschoolers but also those that are in the business of education as well!
 

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