Broadman & Holman
The Worldwide Guide to Homeschooling is a slight misnomer. Though Dr. Ray does give some information about home schooling around the world, the book is largely about homeschooling in the United States and homeschooling in general.. This is not surprising because the United States has more experience, statistics, and personalities in the movement than other countries do.
As the president of the National Home Education Research Institute, editor of Home School Researcher, expert witness on homeschooling trials, and a homeschooling father of eight children, he writes authoritatively on the history of the movement, the benefits of homeschooling, the latest research on the adjustment of former home-schooled students to adult society, teenage's concerns, and general homeschool questions.
This is not a how-to book through he does answer some questions about starting. Instead, he provides " a quick and accurate overview of the homeschool movement and key topics related to it." (page ix) The book answers questions of potential homeschoolers, concerned grandparents, and the media. Ray varies his format by chapter. Some chapters are in question-and-answer format while he uses straight narrative in others. He writes in a straightforward style with few anecdotes.
Each chapter contains profiles of homeschoolers. Most are leaders in the movement, but some are less well-known students and parents. He includes an appendix of homeschooling organizations from around the world, copious endnotes, and an index. As a former homeschooler, I think this book would be helpful for anyone considering homeschooling or confronting skeptics. -- Debbie W. Wilson, Christian Book Previews.com
Worldwide Guide to Homeschooling presents an analysis of the status of homeschooling worldwide, with a focus on the United States in this first edition. Written for a broad audience, this book offers clearly distilled facts, statistics, general information, and personal profiles of homeschoolers.
Parents who are considering the benefits of homeschooling will find discussion and information in this book to help them make that decision. Curious journalists and other media persons, policy makers, legislators, professional educators, and doubtful grandparents can use it to understand homeschoolers and the homeschool movement. Marketing strategists can use the information in the book to reach the growing homeschool community. And researchers and homeschool leaders may use this edition to stay up-to-date on the homeschool movement internationally.