An Evaluation of the Historical Development and Recent State of Homeschooling in the USA

Kaya T.

Sosyoloji Dergisi (İstanbul Üniversitesi), vol.3, pp.99-118, 2015 (National Refreed University Journal)

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 3
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Title of Journal : Sosyoloji Dergisi (İstanbul Üniversitesi)
  • Page Numbers: pp.99-118


At the end of 1960s, a time when the requirement to attend formal education

institutions for a more promising future was commonly acknowledged, homeschooling

emerged as a practice in which parents themselves undertook responsibility for

educating their children instead of directing them to professionals. Having emerged as

a social movement in the educational field, homeschooling is an alternative choice of

education that is practiced legally in many countries besides the USA. One of the basic

conclusions of this study, in which an overview of the emergence of homeschooling

in the USA and its current situation have been taken, is that homeschooling, after

emerging as a reaction against institutional education, has lost its marginality; and that

in parallel to its legitimization, it has been transformed into a segment of institutional

education today.