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History of Homeschooling in Georgia & America
How did homeschooling start? When did it become legal? Who were the key players in making homeschooling the social movement it is today? The story of the history of homeschooling in the United States is a compelling tale of dedication, innovative ideas, and personal conviction and sacrifice. We have put together a history of this educational and social phenomenon, hoping it will inspire you to learn from the early and more recent pioneers of home education in America.

 
What is Homeschooling?
  Homeschooling means different things to different people. It is a movement rich in diversity and schools of thought. Explore what homeschooling is from different perspectives.

The Legal Journey
  Learn about the legal, social, political, and philosophical journey towards legal homeschooling in the United States.

Important People
  Who are the pioneers in the homeschooling movement? These are the movers and shakers of the early homeschooling movement and also a look at those who have continued work through the years.

Famous Homeschoolers
  Know of anyone who was homeschooled? We'll bet you do. Browse through these listings of famous people in history that were educated at home. You might be surprised!

The Business of Homeschooling
  Explore the business side of homeschooling. As the number of homeschoolers continues to grow, the art of marketing to homeschoolers increases in significance. We take a look at the demographics of the homeschool market and homeschooling businesses. Also of interest is the relationship between the homeschooling market and corporate entities.


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A Fifteen Year Perspective
HSLDA
When Michael Farris and Michael Smith founded Home School Legal Defense Association in March of 1983, home schooling was just a tiny blip on the education radar screen. The concept of parents teaching their children at home was relatively obscure, and the families who chose to follow this non-traditional education route were fairly certain to face opposition from the educational bureaucracy and following legal entanglements, as well as from their own friends and family.
A Homeschooler's History of Homeschooling - Part 3: 1990-1992
Cheryl Seelhoff
The years 1990-1992 marked an important turning point in the homeschooling movement. Cheryl Seelhoff looks at this important time. She explores educational philosophies as a source of division, the home-centered living movement, the issue of remarried homeschoolers, the expertization of homeschooling, and more.
A Homeschooler's History of Homeschooling - Part 5: The Gentle Spirit Controversy
Cheryl Seelhoff
Cheryl Seelhoff discusses the controversy between her and other homeschool movement leaders.
A Homeschooler's History of Homeschooling - Part 6: 1995-1997
Cheryl Seelhoff
This is the final installment of Cheryl Seelhoff's series on the history of homeschooling in America.
Brief History of Homeschooling Legislation in GA
This is a short listing of some of the legislation and advocates for homeschooling in Georgia.
Georgia insight on History of Home Study Law in Georgia
This timeline details the important events leading to the growth of the homeschool movement in Georgia.
History of Home Study Law in Georgia
Georgia Insight
A look at the history of home education in the state of Georgia from 1978 to the present. Discusses the influence of Georgians for Freedom in Education (GFE).
Marking the Milestones: Historical Times
HSLDA
This timeline highlights the important milestones in the fight for homeschool freedom in the United States.
On the Edge of the 21st Century
HSLDA
The right to home school is based on two fundamental principles of liberty: religious freedom and parental rights. Whenever one of these two freedoms is threatened, our right to home school is in jeopardy. Here are the battles we think home educators will be facing as we enter the next century:
The History of Homeschooling
This infographic from OnlineCollege.org features a graphical representation of the history of homeschooling, methodologies, statistics, and other interesting facts.
The History of Homeschooling in the United States and Georgia
Mary Jo Patterson and Ruth Martin
About 60,000 - 75,000 of those 2 million students live in Georgia and are happily and legally learning at home. This has not always been the case. There were families quietly homeschooling their children in Georgia in the 1970’s. The operative word here is "quietly." In order to home school legally, a parent had to inform the local superintendent and get permission to operate as a private school. Most superintendents were not cooperative. The other option was to homeschool underground. If the local school authorities discovered parents who were homeschooling, they threatened them with fines and jail for failing to comply with the compulsory attendance law. These parents would either comply or quickly move out of the superintendent’s jurisdiction.

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American Education History Tour
John Taylor Gatto, author of "The Underground History of American Education," has composed this graphic representation of the real history of the education establishment in America.


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