History On Homeschooling

We can't say for sure when homeschooling started. Over 2,500 years ago, Aristotle was quoted in history when he used to teach his pupil at home. Before the invention of schools, nearly everyone was homeschooled. Back then parents knew that it is their responsibility to teach their children and take care of them in every other matter.

Modern perception of homeschooling and unschooling can be dated back to 1960s when John Holt wrote many books on education and proposed the idea of homeschooling in his famous book, Teach Your Own: The John Holt Book of Homeschooling. Another person by the name of Raymond Moore contributed tremendously to this radical thought based on his religious views. He died in 1987. By this time many people had changed their conservative views about homeschooling and unschooling.

The history of American homeschooling can be traced back to a third novelist, Ayn Rand. Modern libertarian movements can be very much connected to her writings. She was a confrontational writer mostly aiming at future values and construction of a thriving society. Her famous books include The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged.

The term "unschooling" was originally coined by John Holt and like any other new concept or idea, it received tremendous amount of controversy. Despite all the disagreement, he kept on advocating his idea that children should be given a chance to learn on their own based on their natural curiosity and instinct instead of killing it and feeding in their minds the teachers' own perception of what is written in the books.

His first book, How Children Fail, was aimed at teachers. He clearly pointed out the drawbacks of attending schools including boredom, demoralization, fear of failure because of the humiliation and confusion. Of course, he also advocated the idea of reforming the structure of public school education and curricula, but eventually became adamant that homeschooling is the only possible way to give birth to brilliant, confident and successful individuals.

He also started publishing a bimonthly magazine by the name of Growing without Schooling in 1977. This journal was an excellent source for students wanting to quit public schools and study at home back then when there were no computer and no Internet. Many people inspired by these ideas started homeschooling.

Raymond Moore was a religious man and an ex-missionary. According to him, public schools were contributing greatly to the deflation of the society in terms of religious values. A child's first school is his orher mother’s lap, and therefore continuing this kind of education, parents should feel responsible to tell their children what is right and what is wrong and develop their mind in a healthy environment.

Continuing the legacy of Holt, Moore and Rand, modern homeschooling approaches were developed and put into practice by millions of people all over the United States. Today there are many sources available to learn about this idea of education. Although the ideas presented by these three philosophers were quite different from one another, their work resulted in recognizing the flaws in public school education and devising a methodology to invent something new.

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