- Paperback: 273 pages
- Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan; 2008 edition (June 15, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0230606008
- ISBN-13: 978-0230606005
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #674,891 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This is a thoughtful, capacious account of what is surely among the most important educational movements of our time. Home education is not only or even primarily about the quality of children's academic instruction. It illuminates far larger problems in American society: the contradiction between home and work for contemporary mothers; disagreements about the proper place of religion in civic and political life; and the puzzle of cultural difference and its ethical accommodation in formal organizations of all kinds. Gaither understands all of this and makes it clear by locating home education within the broad coordinates of U.S. cultural history."--Mitchell L. Stevens, New York University; Author of Kingdom of Children
"Set within the broad contours of educational, religious, political, cultural, and economic history, Homeschool describes in rich detail home-based education in early America and the forces and individuals that have shaped the modern homeschool movement. General readers and scholars alike will find this finely crafted, informative, and at times provocative work an invaluable resource for understanding why a growing number of parents are choosing to teach their children at home."--James C. Carper, University of South Carolina
"While compelling quantitative research on homeschooling remains rare, quality scholarship in this area does exist. The finest example of such work is Milton Gaither's Homeschool: An American History. Besides being the best historical analysis available, Gaither's text deserves recognition as the most thoroughly researched, comprehensive look at the topic altogether." --Robert Kuzman, Books & Culture
About the Author
Milton Gaither is Professor of Education at Messiah College, USA.
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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!
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!
My only complaint would have to be the cover. It belies the author's witty, congenial and accessible writing style.