Cover

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Series Info, Title Page, Copyright, Dedication, Quote

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Contents

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pp. ix-x

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xi-xiv

To any who have grown cynical about the kindness of strangers, I say, meet some home schoolers. They will renew your faith. My first thanks are to the people of the homeschool movement, without whose help and trust this book could not have been written. ...

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Introduction

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pp. 3-9

On February 13, 1983, the Seattle Times reported that some local citizens were taking the law into their own hands. Among them were Michael Farris, an Olympia attorney, former executive director of the state’s Moral Majority chapter, and his wife, Vicki, parents of three. ...

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Chapter One: Inside Home Education

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pp. 10-29

One of the first things home schoolers taught me is how central school is to the structure of modern life. Few parts of our biographies are untouched by the institution of schooling. People often choose where to live on the basis of school quality, and they typically pay for relative advantage in longer commutes and higher home prices. ...

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Chapter Two: From Parents to Teachers

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pp. 30-71

Mile from the office towers and leafy boulevards that postcards call Chicago, the modest buildings and simply landscaped yards on Tara Cook’s block recall a middle-class, white ethnic north side. From the back porch where we are sitting, Tara keeps a subtle eye on her sons, Jonah and Trevor, playing more and less amicably in the narrow backyard. ...

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Chapter Three: Natural Mothers, Godly Women

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pp. 72-106

The arguments that support home schooling concern children’s needs, but putting those arguments into practice has had significant consequences for grown-ups. In individual families, someone has to do the work of making home replace school. ...

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Chapter Four: Authority and Diversity

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pp. 107-142

A single carved sign named the site of Clonlara School. Located on a side street in Ann Arbor, Michigan, its four modest buildings were all painted dark green and tucked beneath shade trees. Bits and pieces of childhood were evident on the grounds: climbing equipment, a tire swing, and a playhouse. ...

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Chapter Five: Politics

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pp. 143-177

Home Education Magazine (HEM) does for many unschooling types what The Teaching Home does for believers. Like TTH a bimonthly with a national circulation, HEM provides a public forum for the exchange of homeschooling information and lends a public face to the inclusive side of the movement. ...

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Chapter Six: Nurturing the Expanded Self

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pp. 178-198

On the outside, the Home School Legal Defense Association looked much the same in 1999 as it had six years earlier. The office was situated at the edge of a residential subdivision in Purcellville, Virginia, on the front lines of Washington sprawl. Resembling a row of townhouses, the building has the colonial embellishments typical of D.C. suburbia: ...

Notes

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pp. 199-224

Index

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pp. 225-228