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224 pages
Feb 2005
Broadman & Holman

Worldwide Guide to Homeschooling, 2005 - 2006

by Dr. Brian D. Ray

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For the latest statistics on homeschooling read The Worldwide Guide to Homeschooling 2005 - 2006 by Brian D. Ray, Ph. D. If you are curious about the benefits of homeschooling, this book gives charts and graphs showing the results of research on the subject with accompanying comments, explanations, and analysis by Dr. Ray. The author believes that confidence in the process and results of homeschooling can be gained by looking at the statistics.

The Worldwide Guide is laid out in ten chapters; the first defining the homeschooling revolution and answering common questions and concerns. Each chapter profiles either a homeschooled student, parent, organization, or leader, such as John Gatto. Dr. Ray is the president of the National Home Education Research Institute (NHERI), and the founding editor of the academic journal Home School Researcher. He has served as a special expert witness in court cases on homeschooling, and has been a spokesman to legislature on education issues. He speaks as a leading expert in the field of research on homeschooling.

The Worldwide Guide answers questions such as “Can home schooled kids make it into college?” “What about socialization?” “How many people homeschool?” “Why do people homeschool?” “Are parents capable of teaching their children?” “How do handicapped and disabled children fare?”

One graph compares the number of homeschooled students to those in private school and those in public school. One chart compares the cost per student in home versus public schools. Another graph about socialization skills shows that most homeschoolers are involved in many different social organizations, such as scouts or 4-H and activities as Bible, music, dance and playgroups.

I recommend this book to persons who are homeschooling and also to teachers, pastors, community leaders, librarians, and even to grandparents and acquaintances of home-educated children who may have reservations or concerns about the benefits or problems of this style of education. – Elece Hollis, Christian Book

Book Jacket:

Worldwide Guide to Homeschooling presents an analysis of the status of homeschooling worldwide, with a focus on the United States. 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. Researchers and homeschool leaders may also use this edition to stay up-to-date on the international homeschool movement.