Over the past 50 years, homeschooling has grown from a fringe act to a widely accepted education model reflective of a diverse American population. Increasingly, homeschooling is driving education innovation, as entrepreneurial parents and educators create hybrid learning models that redefine and expand the homeschooling paradigm. A new paper from Kerry McDonald offers an overview of homeschooling trends and a glimpse at the current homeschooling population while arguing that educational freedom creates momentum for families to seek alternatives to conventional mass schooling.
School choice is a central debate in education policy today, with advocates of charter schools, vouchers, and private schools arrayed against defenders of the government-run public schooling model. While many states have adopted some kind of school choice program, some politicians denounce this trend as a stalking horse for segregation or a corporatist dystopia. In the new issue of Cato Policy Report, Kevin Currie-Knight explains how understanding the views of 20th century libertarian theorists is critical to understanding the debate over school choice in the 21st century.