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Kate Henley Averett

Feb 16, 2022

The Homeschool Choice

Parents and the Privatization of Education

New York University Press 2021

Homeschooling has skyrocketed in popularity in the United States: in 2019, a record-breaking 2.5 million children were being homeschooled, within an increasingly diverse subset of American families.

In The Homeschool Choice: Parents and the Privatization of Education (NYU Press, 2021), sociologist Kate Henley Averett examines the reasons why parents homeschool and how homeschooling, as a growing practice, has changed the roles that families, schools, and the state play in children’s lives.

Drawing on in-depth interviews, surveys and close ethnographic observation of homeschooling conferences, Averett paints a rich picture of parental decision-making in a period dominated by a neoliberal discourse of school ‘choice’.

This book is essential reading not only for those interested in homeschooling, but for anyone concerned about the current state and the future of public education.

Kate Henley Averett is Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology, and an affiliate of the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, at the University at Albany, SUNY.

Dr Alice Garner, educator and historian, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne, Australia.

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