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LDS Homeschool Association
Dr. Reed Benson
wife May could be considered the parents of the modern LDS homeschool movement.
Dr. Benson is a retired BYU professor of religion and oldest son of President Ezra Taft Benson.
When I started homeschooling in the early 1980's, Reed Benson
was one of the first LDS voices I heard saying what I was thinking.
When they moved to Kentucky to preside over the Kentucky Louisville Mission, they had a difficult time getting their children accepted into Christian schools, so for the first time, May and Reed
put their children into public schools.
After their mission, they returned to Utah where Reed began working on his doctorate degree at Brigham Young University.
Driving back to Utah, they stopped at the Christian Liberty Academy
in Prospect Heights, Illinois.
was impressed with the correspondence course there and began to think about homeschooling.
Brother Benson broke the news to May: "What do you say for my professional education project we put all of our children into home school for one year?"
continues, "Well, when I took her
off the ceiling, she
said to me, 'Reed, don't you think I have anything else to do?' " After that first year, they both loved homeschooling so much that they continued to homeschool all of their children.
In 1981, Reed Benson
wrote what is believed to be the first doctoral dissertation on homeschooling in the nation.
dissertation was a popular purchase for many years at homeschool conferences and through the mail.
I know several people who bought more than one copy: one to keep and one to loan.
Because the dissertation is out of print, newer homeschoolers may be unfamiliar with this classic, which is very unfortunate.
Last week, through a wonderful series of events, LDS-NHA obtained permission to provide a pdf copy of Reed Benson's
doctoral dissertation on the LDS National Homeschool Association
We are very excited to be able to provide this classic to everyone free of charge through the great generosity of Dr. Benson