An advocate of homeschooling with over 20 years' experience in public education both here and abroad, Higgins draws on the viewpoints of a single family, interviewing the children as well as the parents to discover their reasons for teaching their children at home. The major themes include independence, interfamily relationships, and values related to personal identity, as well as discontent with the public school experience. In the final chapter, Higgins uses statistics to show the growth of homeschooling in the United States and suggests that, given insufficient research, officials lack the information necessary to make informed decisions about policies affecting homeschooling families. Higgins's claim about the dearth of research is weakened when the dates of his bibliography are considered (the most recent work dates from 2001). Still, the book may be of interest to general readers who wish to read about homeschooling from one family's perspective. Recommended with reservations.-Jean Caspers, Linfield Coll. Lib., McMinnville, OR Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.