In her editorial for the July-August issue of Home Education Magazine, HEM publisher Helen Hegener explains the roots of the homeschooling movement in the U.S., beginning with John Holt’s astute observation in How Children Learn, “… the human animal is a learning animal; we like to learn; we are good at it; we don’t need to be shown how or made to do it. What kills the processes are the people interfering with it or trying to regulate it or control it.”
By 1980 John Holt had refined his premise, founded his newsletter Growing Without Schooling, and became a prominent voice advocating for children and families, and for homeschooling: “I want to make it clear that I don’t see homeschooling as some kind of answer to the badness of schools. I think that the home is the proper base for the exploration of the world which we call learning or education. Home would be the best base no matter how good the schools were.”
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