A directory of ‘real’ educational resources for the liberty-minded household. This is a community driven directory, however Parents For Liberty has given each listing its stamp of approval. We encourage you to contribute, it’s free!
We use the term ‘school’ merely because this is a common expression. Home education directory is a more accurate description of this resource.
Our goal is to create the most useful home education directory on the internet.
The Case for Homeschooling
In this video, a man who has taught elementary students in Rhode Island for 15 years delivers his resignation speech. His reasons for quitting are very compelling reasons to choose to educate your child(ren) at home.
A series of shows about government school’s history curriculum. We explore the lies, myths, omissions and distortions used to indoctrinate blind patriotism (aka nationalism aka mysticism).
An intelligently delivered 8-Part Podcast.
Article on Homeschool.com, written in 2005, but still applicable. There are interiews with admissions officers at Harvard, Purdue, and the University of Texas that give excellent advice to homeschooling families with college-bound students.
What do you know about the history of compulsory schooling?
Book Chapters Include:
The Individual’s Education
Human Diversity and Individual Instruction
The Parent or the State?
Compulsory vs. Free Education
Compulsory Education in Europe
Fascism, Nazism, and Communism
Compulsory Education in the United States
Arguments For and Against Compulsion in the United States
The Goals of Public Schooling: The Educationist Movement
Progressive Education and the Current Scene
Free Range Learning presents eye-opening data about the meaning and importance of natural learning. This data-from neurologists, child development specialists, anthropologists, educators, historians and business innovators-turns many current assumptions about school-based education upside down. The book’s factual approach is balanced by quotes and stories from over 100 homeschoolers from the U.S., Canada, Germany, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, Mexico, India and Singapore. These parents and kids are the true authorities on alternative learning. Written for interested parents and educators, Free Range Learning will also encourage and excite those who want their children to have the benefits, but who are timid to approach homeschooling. This is the only book anyone needs to make the choice and start the process of homeschooling children, and is applicable for young people from pre-school through high school.
Studies indicate that adults who were homeschooled are:
*More likely to vote, volunteer and be involved in their communities than graduates of conventional schools.
*Read more books than average.
*More likely to have taken college level courses than the population as a whole.
*Tend to be independent and self-reliant. Free Range Learning presents the simple choice to homeschool as something much more significant than a homespun method of education. Weldon asks us to consider this choice as participation in a cultural shift toward redefining success; and as a form of collective intelligence with major implications for the future of education. Children are naturally “free range” learners, she says. They build knowledge and skills naturally, within the full spectrum of their daily lives, while observing, exploring and pursuing their interests. This book guides any parent or educator in assisting that process.
Free Range Learning demonstrates:
*that children and teens can best be nurtured outside of restrictive educational systems
*that we can restore what is heart-centered and meaningful back to a central place in education
*how networking with others enriches the learning experience for our kids
*how homeschooling has become a force of positive social change-making the community a better place for everyone.
This is a short article that briefly describes the history of the modern homeschooling movement. It discusses three individuals who were catalysts: John Holt, Raymond Moore, and Ayn Rand. While all three had different views and reasons for promoting homeschooling, they are considered to have started the modern homeschool movement, which began in the 1960′s.
A great collection of posts gathered mostly from an unschooling discussion list. There are many examples from parents of situations in which they are learning to parent peacefully and how unschooling is a big part of that paradigm shift for them.
There are also many other useful links on this page.
This is a list of the top reasons parents give for choosing to homeschool.
Eleven-term US Congressman from Texas and three-time presidential candidate, Dr. Ron Paul, is a huge advocate for families who want to educate their own children at home. This is a short video clip of some of his thoughts on why homeschooling is a great choice for many families today.
In Dr. Paul’s farewell speech to Congress on November 14, 2012, he had this to say:
“Expect the rapidly expanding homeschool movement to play a significant role in the revolutionary forms needed to rebuild a free society with constitutional protections,” he said. “We cannot expect a federal government controlled school system to provide the intellectual ammunition to combat the dangerous growth of government that threatens our liberties.”
This video is actually about how government-run schooling contributed to the rise of socialism, imperialism and eventually fascism in Germany between the 1890s and 1940s.