Entries by Brian D. Ray, Ph.D.

Would More State Control Over Homeschooling Reduce Child Abuse, Neglect, and Murder?

Context                              Consider donating/supporting NHERI today Various news and opinion media outlets occasionally claim that more government control (regulation) over private homeschooling would reduce the amount of child abuse, neglect, and murder (or fatalities) that occurs in the United States (e.g., Davies, 2024). There are also scholars who claim that the civil government should do […]

Are the Kids Alright? Part 1

A Review of a study by Jillene Seiver and Elisa Pope Context                             Consider donating/supporting NHERI today There is no empirical evidence of which this author knows that for thousands of years of parent-directed and home-based education people worried that such education was keeping children from growing up to be functionally sociable. Since the early days […]

Homeschooling Can Get Hurt if Definitions Do Not Matter

Please consider donating/supporting NHERI today Context Many new terms about education and schooling have been tossed around during the past five years: micro schools, pods, charter school at home, online schooling, and virtual schooling, and the list continues to grow. Some advocates of these terms imply or argue that there is so much variation and […]

Child Abuse and Neglect of the Homeschooled Versus the Conventionally Schooled: Groundbreaking Study

Context Professor Elizabeth Bartholet called for a ban of homeschooling just three years ago (2020). She called it a presumptive ban and based her proposed government regime on several claims regarding the negative impact and harm of homeschooling. The professor included assertions about child abuse in her rationale. Bartholet is not the only one to […]

Homeschool Educators Perspectives about Student Needs within Occupational Therapy Scope of Practice: A Pilot Study

Home School Researcher                  Volume 38, No. 2, 2022, p. 1-7 PDF click here (All tables and graphs are available in the PDF.) Susan L. Iliff Associate Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy, Belmont University, Nashville, Tennessee, sue.iliff@belmont.edu Mary T. Hill Lecturer II, Occupational Therapy Graduate Program, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico, mthelanderhill@salud.unm.edu Rose White […]

How Many Homeschool Students are there in the United States during the 2021-2022 School Year?

Copyright © 2022 by Brian D. Ray Abstract The purpose of this study is to estimate the number of homeschool students in the United States during the 2021-2022 academic school year. The estimate is derived by establishing the size of the nationwide school-age population, ascertaining the percentage of all students that were homeschooled, and assuming […]

Does Homeschooling Improve Social Competencies and Creative Thinking among Children?

Context Homeschooling has grown phenomenally during the past 30 years around the world, and especially during the past two years. For example, the number of home-educated children in grades K-12 in the United States grew from an estimated 2.65 million during 2019-2020 to 3.72 million during 2020-2021 (Ray, 2021). In the eastern hemisphere, as another […]