In 1983 two evangelical attorneys, Michael Farris and Mike Smith, founded the organisation to defend the rights of home-school parents. They fought to remove requirements that parents be certified to teach their own children. Through an impressive run of legal battles and political lobbying, they managed to make home-schooling legal in all 50 states within 10 years.
My two cents
I take my hat off to the Home School Legal Defense Association—to think they could have pulled that off within 10 years is great. Here I was thinking that the only legal victories in this generation were those against Christianity. I also like the graph on the original webpage showing the estimated growth in children being homsechooled since 1990. I also wonder if someone should do a documentary on the pioneers of homeschooling (i.e. those who practiced it in the 1980s or earlier).
Gefter, A. (2006). Home-schooling special: Preach your children well. Available: http://richarddawkins.net/articles/297-home-schooling-special-preach-your-children-well. Last accessed 26th Oct 2011.