Author: Chad Stembridge

Who Homeschools? Demographics Don’t Tell the Whole Story

For many, the mention of “homeschooling” conjures negative stereotypes about the people who practice it: Homeschool families are religious fundamentalists who shun secular society, or libertarian ideologues who reject the whole idea of public education on principle. Homeschool parents are conservative, controlling. Homeschool kids are sheltered, and suffer developmentally from a lack of socialization with their peer group. A visit to the Squirrel Hill home of Beth and John Freeman easily dispels any such misconceptions. On a Tuesday afternoon, Beth Freeman is working with 5-year-old Karis, the youngest of the five Freeman kids. Karis’s older sister Kayla, 8, sits...

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