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Dr. Brian Ray Receives Award

Many HSLDA members recognize Dr. Brian D. Ray’s name: his research and articles have appeared in the Home School Court Report several times through the years. He’s also provided testimony as an expert witness in numerous court cases.

Dr. Brian Ray
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Dr. Brian Ray speaks at HSLDA’s International Conference for Christian Homeschool Leaders in Niagara Falls last September after receiving the 2008 Gregg Harris Award. (In the background: Gregg Harris, first recipient of this award.)

In fact, HSLDA President Mike Smith says, “HSLDA has lost track of how many times Brian Ray has been called on to help establish the validity and success of homeschooling in court rooms and legislatures around the country. But we are so grateful for his expert testimony in court on behalf of homeschooling families.”

HSLDA recently awarded Dr. Ray its 2008 Gregg Harris Award for Leadership in recognition of his pioneering work in the field of homeschool research.

First given to Gregg Harris in 2007, this award honors a leader who has demonstrated valuable leadership to the homeschool community, inspired and motivated others to effective action, overcome hardships and obstacles to succeed, demonstrated a servant’s heart while exhibiting the qualities listed above, and maintained a clear witness concerning Jesus Christ and the Gospel.

Brian Ray is a homeschooling pioneer in many ways. He and his wife, Betsy, began homeschooling in the 1980s. They’ve been married 29 years and have eight children and two grandchildren, all homeschooled.

He has been a classroom teacher and a university professor through the graduate level. With a PhD in science education from Oregon State University, he has taught at Seattle Pacific University and Western Baptist College.

Dr. Ray has authored several books, including Home Educated and Now Adults; Home Schooling: Parents as Educators; Strengths of Their Own—Home Schoolers Across America; and Worldwide Guide to Homeschooling: Facts and Stats on the Benefits of Home School.

In 1985, he started publishing a unique, refereed academic journal, the Home School Researcher, and founded NHERI—the National Home Education Research Institute—soon after.

NHERI conducts basic data-gathering research, publishes research reports, and serves as a clearinghouse of information for researchers, home educators, attorneys, legislators, policy makers, media, and the public at-large. Dr. Ray is currently completing an updated study of homeschooling achievement across the U.S.

“HSLDA and state homeschooling organizations have found Dr. Ray’s past studies invaluable in our fight to preserve and protect homeschooling freedom,” says Smith. “Many parents have found the courage to homeschool as a result of his thorough and carefully documented work.”

In December 2008, Frontline Ministries and the Exodus Mandate Project awarded Dr. Ray the 2008 Dr. Robert Dreyfus Courageous Christian Leadership Award.

“Through his extensive and methodical research, Dr. Ray has done more than anyone to give both homeschool families and society confidence that homeschooling is not only an academically but also a socially sound approach to education,” Chaplain E. Ray Moore, president of Frontline Ministries, tells Christian Newswire.1

According to Christian Newswire, Dr. Ray has been published in Educational Leadership, Peabody Journal of Education, Education and Urban Society, Christianity Today, Homeschooling Today, and The Teaching Home. He has appeared on the NBC’s Today show and National Public Radio. He has been quoted or cited in the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, New York Times, Washington Post, TIME, and US News and World Report.


1. “Dr. Brian D. Ray Recipient of 2008 Dr. Robert Dreyfus Courageous Christian Leadership Award,” Exodus Mandate Project, www.exodusmandate.org/art_2008-12-16-dr-brian-ray.htm.