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Milton Gaither, Ph.D.

Professor of Education

Interest and areas of expertise

Research

  • Homeschooling
  • History of North American Education
  • Historiography
Education
  • Ph.D., Indiana University at Bloomington, 2000
    History of U.S. Education; minor in Philosophy of Education
  • M.A.R., Yale University, 1996
    Church History and Classical Languages
  • B.A., Wheaton College, 1990
    Philosophy and Literature; minor in Bible
Classes I teach
  • EDUC 201: Education and American Society
  • EDUC 355: Moral Education
  • IDPL 300: What is an American? 
  • IDFY 101: First Year Seminar
  • IDCR 151: Created and Called for Community
  • HONR 497: Senior Seminar on Prayer
Profile

I was first attracted to the history of education after taking a Greek course at Divinity School. I enjoyed it so much that I enrolled in several more Greek and Latin language courses. Knowing vaguely that in centuries past nearly all formally educated European and North American children had studied classical languages, I wondered what happened. I enrolled in a course in the history of education to find out. I did find out, and along the way discovered a discipline I loved. For my doctoral dissertation I wrote a history of historical writing about education. In more recent years I have continued my scholarly interest in historiography and have also published a bit on the education of American Indians and a lot on the history and present state of homeschooling in the United States.

Hobbies
Massage Therapy, Fitness, Music

Research and Publications

A. Books

  • American Education: A History, 6th edition, (Routledge, 2019)
  • Homeschool: An American History (Palgrave MacMillan, 2008, second edition, 2017).
  • Handbook of Home Education [editor] (Wiley Blackwell, 2017).
  • American Educational History Revisited: A Critique of Progress (Teachers College, 2003).

B. Articles

  • “Homeschooling in the United States: A Review of Selected Research Topics” in Pro-Posições 28, no. 2 (May/August 2017). http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/1980-6248-2015-0171.
  • "The History of North American Indian Education, 15,000 BCE to 1491," History of Education Quarterly 54, no. 3 (August 2014): 323-348.
  • "Is it Time for Another Historiographical Revolution?", History of Education Quarterly 53, no. 2 (May 2013): 177-183.
  • "Homeschooling: A Comprehensive Review of the Research,"Other Education: The Journal of Educational Alternatives 2, no. 1 (February 2013): 4-59.
  • "The Revisionists Revived: The Liberation Historiography of Education," History of Education Quarterly 52, no. 4 (November 2012): 488-505.
  • "Homeschooling in the USA: Past, Present, and Future," Theory and Research in Education 7, no. 3 (November 2009): 331-346.
  • "Homeschooling Goes Mainstream," Education Next (Winter 2009):11-18.
  • "Why homeschooling happened," Education Horizons 86, no. 4 (Summer 2008): 226-237.
  • “The History of North American Indian Education, 15,000 BCE to 1491” in History of Education Quarterly 54, no. 3 (August 2014): 323-348.
  • “Is it Time for Another Historiographical Revolution?” in History of Education Quarterly 53, no. 2 (May 2013): 177-183.
  • “Homeschooling: A Comprehensive Review of the Research” in Other Education: The Journal of Educational Alternatives 2, no. 1 (February 2013): 4-59.
  • “The Revisionists Revived: The Libertarian Historiography of Education” in History of Education Quarterly 52, no. 4 (November 2012): 488-505.
  • “Homeschooling in the USA: Past, Present, and Future” in Theory and Research in Education 7, no. 3 (November 2009): 331-346
  • “Homeschooling Goes Mainstream” in Education Next (Winter 2009): 11-18.
  • “Why Homeschooling Happened” in Educational Horizons 86, no. 4 (Summer 2008): 226-237.
  • “Moral Educations on the Alaskan Frontier, 1794-1917” in Donald Warren, ed., Civic and Moral Learning in America(New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2006), pp. 51-68.
  • “Response to Thomas Fallace’s ‘The (Anti-)Ideological Origins of Bernard Bailyn’s Education in the Forming of American Society,’” in History of Education Quarterly 58, no. 3 (August 2018), pp. 338-343.

Academic Blog:

  • International Center for Home Education Research Reviews: icher.org/blog