Sean Gabb: New book on Homseschooling

This book has just been published and is ready to order:

Homeschooling in New View
Edited by:

Bruce S. Cooper, Fordham University
Frances R. Spielhagen, Mount Saint Mary College
Carlo Ricci, Nipissing University

Home schooling is an important and growing American phenomenon with only our first edition in the field. This new 2nd edition will appeal to the home school world, people interested in American education, and the private school community. Changes in the educational environment in the US over the last ten years have prompted growing numbers of parents to withdraw their children from public education. Currently, four percent of school-age children in the United States are home schooled. An array of educational researchers present various legal, philosophical, and personal perspectives to this new volume. Changes in schooling and home schooling in Great Britain bring an interesting international perspective to this collection of research-based information.


  • Preface: Setting the Stage, Bruce S. Cooper. I. Setting the Context.
  • Chapter 1: Introduction to Recent Changes in U.S.A. Home schooling, Brian D. Ray.
  • Chapter 2: The Legal Rights for Home School Families, Charles J. Russo. II. Understanding a Range of Perspectives.
  • Chapter 3: Away with All Teachers: The Cultural Politics of Home schooling, Michael W. Apple.
  • Chapter 4: Robbing the Cradle: State Power vs. Parental Rights in Human Rights, Michael P. Donnelly.
  • Chapter 5: A Growing Trend: The Cases of Home schooling in North Carolina & Ohio, Lance Fusarelli, Andrew Saultz, & Andrew McEachin.
  • Chapter 6: Are Homeschools Adequate Environments for Students with Learning Disabilities? Steven F. Duvall.
  • Chapter 7: Socialization of Home School Children: A Communications Approach, Thomas C. Smedley.
  • Chapter 8: The Willed Curriculum: A Self-Determined Approach to Learning at Home, Carlo Ricci.
  • Chapter 9: Why Home Schooling Should be Regulated, Rob Reich.
  • Chapter 10: Home schooling in Hindsight: A Parent’s Reflection, Venus Taylor.
  • Chapter 11: Through the Lens of Home schooling, Nicky Hardenburgh. III. International Perspectives.
  • Chapter 12: Can Families Be Trusted? An international perspective, Charles L. Glenn.
  • Chapter 13: Home Schooling: A British Perspective, Sean Gabb.
  • Chapter 14: Home schooling Regulation vis-a-vis Democratic Demands of Pluralism, Integration and Freedom in Spain, Ana Llano Torres.
  • Afterword: Back to the Future? Home Schooling and the Evolution of Education, Frances R. Spielhagen.

ISBNs: Paperback: 9781681233505 Hardcover: 9781681233512 E-Book: 9781681233529
Paperback: $45.99 Hardcover: $85.99
Trim Size: 6.125 X 9.25
Page Count: 254
Subject: Education, Experimental Methods, Research
BISAC Codes: EDU000000 EDU012000 EDU037000
IAP– Information Age Publishing, Inc. PO BOX 79049 Charlotte, NC 28271

5 thoughts on “Sean Gabb: New book on Homseschooling

  1. Homeschooling means that the child gets to benefit from an independent education (if the parents could be bothered that is). When I do have kids, I would never send them to state schools as they would either go to an independent school or they would be homeschooled. It’s worked well in America, why can’t it work here?

    • It does work well here. In 2014 there were 27,000 children known to be home educated, going by council figures alone. Estimates for the true number vary between 50-100,000, to my knowledge. I’ve been a home educator for 9 years, and the numbers of new home educators I see locally suggests that this number is growing rapidly. The internet and social media mean that its easy to find other families and grow your social/educational network.

      By the way, I HATE the term ‘home-school’. Firstly because it is an Americanism, and secondly because (in my experience) very few home educators in the UK ‘school’ their children in the sense that word implies. Most follow their children’s interests, talents, or ambitions, often using quite unstructured ways of learning.

  2. Well, whatever you want to call it, if it works and more and more parents are doing it, then I would definitely promote it as a proven alternative to a state ‘education’ that is somewhat downgraded. For me, it gives the child a freedom and independence it needs to learn about things that can only benefit them in the future. I can only hope that more and more parents would look at this in the near future.

  3. This option does have its appeal, but one would no doubt also feel resentment at having to subsidise through the tax system the ‘education’, if it may be called that, of children who are schooled conventionally.

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