Homeschooling

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Marcus Aurelius:From my great-grandfather, not to have frequented public schools, and to have had good teachers at home, and to know that on such things a man should spend liberally.

Homeschooling or homeschool (also called home education or home based learning) is the education of children at home, typically by parents or by tutors, rather than in other formal settings of public or private school.

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  • From my great-grandfather, not to have frequented public schools, and to have had good teachers at home, and to know that on such things a man should spend liberally.
    • Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, Book I, verse 4 (translated by George Long).
  • Most of the homeschooled children I know have about the same amount of after-school peer time as the rest of the population—but, obviously, without that school day together, they do spend less time with their peers. Whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing is still open to debate.
    • Quinn Cummings, in "The Year of Learning Dangerously: Adventures in Homeschooling".
  • Homeschooling works because schooling is not the same thing as education. School is not the only place to learn, to grow up. Universities and colleges recognize this fact whenever they admit homeschoolers who have never attended school.
    • Patrick Farenga, October 25, 1991 The Exhausted School, Presented by Patrick Farenga at Carnegie Hall
Mahatma Gandhi:There is no school equal to a decent home and no teacher equal to a virtuous parent.
  • We should recognize that schools will never solve the bedrock problems of education because the problems are problems of families, of cultural pressures that the schools reflect and thus cannot really remedy.
    • David Guterson, "When Schools Fail Children: An English Teacher Educates His Kids at Home", Harper's Magazine (November 1990).
  • The status quo was rote memorization and recitation in classrooms thronged with passive children who were sternly disciplined when they expressed individual needs.
    • David Guterson, Family Matters: Why Homeschooling Makes Sense (1992), Ch. 5: "School, Home, and History", p. 109.
  • Once upon a time, all children were homeschooled. They were not sent away from home each day to a place just for children but lived, learned, worked, and played in the real world, alongside adults and other children of all ages.”
  • John Caldwell Holt was one of the earliest homeschool pioneers in addition to being an American author, educator, and early researcher in youth rights theory. He became disillusioned with the public school system after numerous years of working within it and seeking reform. Ultimately, he decided that public school reform was not possible and Holt started advocating homeschooling. He believed that "children who were provided with a rich and stimulating learning environment would learn what they are ready to learn when they are ready to learn it".

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