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The Homeschooling Revolution Paperback – October 30, 2000

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An up-to-date introduction to the homeschooling revolution - its history, why people do it, how homeschoolers fare academically... -- David Boaz for Laissez Faire Books

Lyman, to her credit, gives a balanced examination of homeschooling, not shying away from the movement's growing pains. -- Thomas R. Eddlem, The New American

The endnote section of Lyman's book is a valuable resource in itself, with many useful references including website addresses. -- Ron McWhirter, The Oklahoma Constitution newspaper

About the Author

Izzy Lyman is a mom with a doctorate in social science. Her articles on home education have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Investor's Business Daily, Boston Herald, Los Angeles Daily Journal, Dallas Morning News, etc. She is also a columnist for the Daily Hampshire Gazette and Edmond Sun. She currently homeschools one of her teenage sons in western Massachusetts.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 142 pages
  • Publisher: Bench Pr Intl (October 30, 2000)
  • ISBN-10: 0967043069
  • ISBN-13: 978-0967043067
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,068,617 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Barron Laycock HALL OF FAME on December 20, 2002
Format: Paperback
Anyone familiar with the manifest problems and lively debate associated with the public school crisis in the United States will profit from reading this excellent primer on the home schooling revolution. The author, a former analyst with the Cato Institute, provides the reading public with an excellent overview of both the home schooling movement itself and a good discussion of the primary issues surrounding the problems and prospects confronting anyone daring to pull their kids away from the public school system to attempt to educate them at home.
In so doing, the author explores a number of important aspects of the home-schooling revolution, including legal issues, the mass of available materials for use as resources for the parent energetic enough to pursue them, and the downside in terms of social issues and peer pressure serving to counteract the family's determination to go it alone. The author employs a plethora of anecdotal information and incidents to help support the idea that it (home-schooling) can and often should be considered as a viable alternative approach to more effectively educate one's children. Indeed, as the author sagely opines, given the state of public education in many communities, the question is more `why not home-school?' than anything else.
Evidence gleaned over the last few years indicates children who are home schooled tend to perform better on standardized exams than their peers, and often seem much better adjusted and much more focused than their publicly educated cohorts. And, since their parent-teachers have a vested interest in teaching their children both salient skills as well as relevant information, such children seem to have a much better integrated perspective on the world at large than do their peers.
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By A Customer on April 9, 2001
Format: Paperback
This book is the best overview of the "Homeschooling Revolution" that I've seen. The author is a Ph.D social scientist and a homeschooling Mom. Her writing style is informal and friendly.
This book is not a "how to" book on homeschooling, it is a serious yet engaging look at the homeschooling movement. It has plenty of references to useful homeschooling resources.
The chapter titles tell you a lot about this book: Ch 1 - Homeschooling 101; Ch 2 - The Movement- Yesterday and Today; Ch 3 - Legal and Political Inroads; Ch 4 - The Socialization Question; Ch 5 - What About Academics; Ch 6 - The Marketing of a Movement; Ch 7 - The Print Media and Homeschooling; Ch 8 - Growing Pains; Ch 9 - Profiling Homeschoolers; Ch 10 Conclusion; Endnotes.
Again, it is a great intro to the the homeschooling movement for those new to homeschooling (and their family and friends!) Yet, as a veteran homeschooling father, I learned a great deal from this book. This book will help you see the "big picture" of the homeschooling revolution better than any other book I've encountered.
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This excellent primer on homeschooling, by journalist and homeschooler Isabel Lyman, presents a history of the movement and an exploration of
the variety of issues confronting parents who may wish to teach their kids themselves. In the book, which grew out of an essay for the Cato Institute, HOMESCHOOLING : Back to the Future?, she looks at legal issues, the size and shape of the homeschool movement in America, questions about socialization of kids and meeting educational standards, resources that are available for families who choose this option, and even what kind of social acceptance or pressures folks may face. Ms Lyman also uses copious real-life examples to show how others have met and overcome these challenges, as well as sharing her own experiences. In all, it's an excellent overview of an emerging phenomena.
My one quibble is actually with the manner in which she tells the true stories. It may be a function of the book being a couple years old, and that we're more used to the notion of homeschooling now, or of the aftereffects of battles Ms Lyman may have had to wage personally, or maybe I'm just naive, but the tone of some of the book, especially in these vignettes, is more defensive than it needs to be. There's a quality of here of "look this kid was homeschooled and..ta-da...he turned out fine." There may well have been a time in this country where homeschooling was so shocking that these
kinds of assurances were necessary, but hopefully we''re long past that day. Ms Lyman and her fellow homeschoolers have exciting stories to tell, stories of which they are, and should be, immensely proud. They need not justify the choices they've made. The achievements of their children are ample justification.
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I've been following Isabel Lyman's homeschooling blog for about a year. (Go to Google and do a search on "Isabel Lyman Homeschool revolution" without the quotes.) It is a fun blog with lots of homeschooling posts. It was a treat to finally get around to reading her book, "The Homeschooling Revolution."

There are a lot of homeschooling books that talk about what is homeschooling, why do people homeschool, and how to homeschool. They tend to be good size books and can be a bit intimidating. Isabel Lyman's book is focused on "What is homeschooling?" and a little of "Why do people homeschool?" As such this book is direct and to the point. This is the perfect book for people who just want to know more about homeschooling.

The book starts off by introducing us to a few families who homeschool and briefly gives us some reasons why they homeschool. There is a short history of homeschooling over the last forty years. The book talks about some of the changes in the law, and how it is now legal to homeschool in all 50 states. Then the big question of socialization is addressed. (Every homeschooler must get that question at least once a month.) In the section about academics it was fun to read about how homeschoolers as a small percentage of the US are dominating such things as the National Spelling Bee. The book explores some of the ways homeschoolers are marketing the movement to get the word out. I was a bit surprised to find that in general the print media is current fairly positive towards homeschoolers. This is helped by how broken the public schools have become. In one of the last chapters the book explores some of the internal conflicts in the homeschooling movement.
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