On Wednesday afternoon, Mrs. Dixie Lane delivered a lecture to students and faculty entitled “Homeschooling Since 1950: A Historical Perspective.” Lane delved into the roots of the homeschooling movement and some of the key legal battles that ensured the parents’ right to educate their child.

Lane is a Ph.D. candidate in history at the University of Notre Dame. Her dissertation,”Skipping School: Homeschooling and the United States, 1950-2010,” examines nationwide trends in education, family, religion and politics by studying the exponential growth of an unpredictable educational movement. Lane lives in Front Royal with her husband, Christendom history professor Christopher J. Lane, and their two children.