Thought Leaders in Home Education
Holt pioneered the "un-schooling" philosophy. His book "HOW CHILDREN LEARN" has some validity, but must be taken with a grain of salt. His underlying idea that children will turn out great if left alone to "develop their own potential" comes from humanism and denies the basic sin nature of mankind. I have seen proof of many of his ideas on how children learn.
Charlotte Mason wrote in the 1800's and therefore is rather difficult reading for some. She focused on developing a "lifetime love of learning". Her ideas are being taught now by more contemporary authors including Ruth Beechick.
Ruth Beechick was a classroom teacher for many years. She understands how children learn. Her book "YOU CAN TEACH YOUR CHILD SUCCESSFULLY' is a practical manual in which she describes how each subject can be taught in the most natural and least painful manner. She explains why "real books" are often preferable to textbooks, and shows how to teach using them. She has written numerous other books and articles and all are excellent.
Ellen was a prolific author who lived and wrote in the late 1800's. Her work is not easy reading either. She believed that education "had to do with the whole man and the whole period of existance possible to man." She stressed balance between the mental, physical and spiritual parts of our lives. Her book "EDUCATION" is some of the best philosophy available.
Dr. Moore is widely accepted as the pioneer of the modern home shool movement. He has two major themes. The first is "BETTER LATE THAN EARLY" which is also the title of one of his many books. Moore also believes in balancing adademics with practical life experience. Two of his other books are "MINDING YOUR OWN BUSINESS" and "THE SUCCESSFUL HOME SCHOOL FAMILY HANDBOOK".
Gregg Harris is devoting his life to the home school movement. His is a very Biblical perspective which could be summarized as "before God, you, the parent are responsible". His book "THE CHRISTIAN HOME SCHOOL" is excellent. He advocates what he calls "delight directed" study. Gregg also stresses the bigger concept of family restoraion to the Biblical model with home education being only one of the steps in this process.
Other Related Thought Leaders
Josh is the son of Gregg Harris. His book ,"I KISSED DATING GOODBYE' was a best seller for several years. This could be seen as an outgrowth of his father's emphasis on family restoration. Josh is appealing to young Christians to give the best years of their lives to God rather than wasting them on the dating scene. And, yes, Josh is now happily married and has written "BOY MEETS GIRL".This is his story of how God worked out his love life.
Mr. Fugate's book "WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS ABOUT CHILD TRAINING" is must reading for anyone serious about raising godly children. He teaches not only Biblical discipline but also how to deal with our children's character faults in a positive way for the end result of self disciplined adults.
Virginia Fugate's book "ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE GARDEN" deals with many issues questioned today in the area of Biblical womanhood. These issues deserve serious consideration by Christian women wanting to return to the Biblical model and many of them have applications to the home educating family.