The growth in homeschooling also helps change public perception as homeschooling families become an accepted part of the fabric of America. Many museums, amusement parks, and other locations now offer special programs for homeschooled families. Colleges are accepting homeschooled students in far greater numbers.20 People no longer point and stare at my homeschooling family and question the legality of our educational choices. Now, I am more likely to hear statements like this: "I know someone who does that! Can you tell me how to homeschool?"

And I am always glad to help. The more, the merrier.

*This article published March 9, 2010.


Dr. Heather Allen has a Ph.D. in experimental psychology and has more than twenty-two years experience as a human factors engineer. After serving as an aerospace experimental psychologist in the United States Navy, she worked for Sandia National Laboratories for eleven years in the Statistics and Human Factors Department. Heather left the laboratory to homeschool her children and embark on a consulting business. She and her husband, Steve, have homeschooled their children, Edward (16), Joseph (15), Emily (11), Hana (6), and Ezekiel (5) for twelve years. For more information about Heather's family, please visit her website at www.hippityhooves.com

Copyright 2009. Originally appeared in The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, Winter 2009/10. Used with permission. Visit them at www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com. For all your homeschool curriculum needs visit the Schoolhouse Store. Endnotes:

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5. "Home Schooling," Editorial Projects in Education Research Center (September 21, 2004), www.edweek.org/rc/issues/home-schooling, accessed July 2009.

6. Rose, L. C. and A. M. Gallup (2001). The 33rd Annual Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup Poll of the Public's Attitudes Toward the Public Schools. As quoted in Basham, www.fraserinstitute.org/researchandpublications/publications/4932.aspx, accessed July 2009. 

7. Kantrowitz, Barbara and Pat Wingert (1998). "Learning at Home: Does It Pass the Test?" Newsweek. Cover Story (October 5). As quoted in Basham, www.fraserinstitute.org/researchandpublications/publications/4932.aspx, accessed July 2009.

8. Gutterson, David (1993). Family Matters: Why Homeschooling Makes Sense. New York: Harvest Books. As quoted in Basham, www.fraserinstitute.org/researchandpublications/publications/4932.aspx, accessed July 2009.

9. Lines, Patricia M. (1999). Home Schoolers: Estimating Numbers and Growth, web edition, www.ed.gov/offices/OERI/SAI/homeschool/index.html, accessed July 2009.

10. "Homeschooling in the United States: 1999." National Center for Education Statistics (2001). U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Services, http://nces.ed.gov/pubs2001/HomeSchool, accessed July 2009.