Educator: Edwin C. Myers
of Whitewater, Kan., the author of homeschooling books such as "AlphaBetter," "CalcuLadder," and "ReadyWriter,
" holds several of his
homeschooling workbooks and CD-ROMs.
The Providence Project was founded in 1984 by Edwin C. Myers
...Twenty years ago, homeschooling children wasn't quite the norm, but it's become much more accepted today, said Edwin Myers, an author and publisher of homeschooling materials for families and some schools across the nation and on Guam. Myers
is on Guam visiting his
son, Matthew, who was homeschooled and is now serving on the USS City of Corpus Christi, which is homeported on Guam.
"Homeschooling has been a growing movement in the U.S. and around the world.It's gotten to be almost mainstream," Myers
said."Today there are, I believe, nearly 20,000 products offered as homeschooling materials, and there are big publishers who publish whole line of homeschooling curriculum." In 1984, Myers founded Providence Project, which publishes homeschooling materials including "CalcuLadder" and "ReadyWriter" that help parents teach math and writing skills to their children.
"Our products are sold primarily to Christian-based schools and Christian homeschoolers," Myers
said, adding that in the 1980s parents would approach him seeking homeschool materials. Myers
said 85 percent of his
company's sales now are wholesale to retailers.
"The industry has grown up and matured a lot.It's an interesting environment for small publishers like us.We've been fortunate enough to hang in there," Myers
said there are a variety of reasons that families decide to teach their children at home instead of enrolling children in public or private schools.
"Most homeschoolers have a religious motivation ... some do it for academic reasons," Myers
and Middlebrooke said homeschooling was both exciting and fulfilling in that they had a greater role in their children's upbringing than they would have if they had enrolled their children in traditional schools.
"I would suggest to parents who are looking into homeschooling to talk to other parents who already are doing it and see if it's really for you," Myers
said. Edwin Myers holds a Ph.D. from Carnegie-Mellon University, and an M.A. from Dallas Seminary.He
designed the optics of the interferometric spectrometers for the Voyager I and II space probes, published articles in the fields of optics and magnetics, taught high school and college and has written choral pieces, many of which were featured on Uncle Charlie's
Children's Bible Hour radio program.