Of the thousands of studies published by The Fraser
Institute, Patrick Basham's 2001 study
Homeschooling: From the Extreme to the Mainstream
has had almost unique popularity and longevity. In 2006, five
years after it was published, the study's PDF was downloaded
from our website more than 10,000 times, making it the most
frequently viewed study apart from the newly released school
report cards and the Tax Freedom Day calculator.
This second edition builds on the original with new research
and data. The paper considers the educational phenomenon of
home schooling in Canada and the United States, its regulation,
history, growth, and the characteristics of practitioners
before reviewing the findings on the academic and social
effects of home schooling.