Raymond and Dorothy Moore Interview
Raymond Moore 1916-2007 & Dorothy Moore 1915-2002
In this 2001 interview filmed at Oregon
Public Broadcasting studios the Moores
and Joan Exley discuss early childhood
development, education and training.
The Moores believed in a balance of
study, work and service, even for
very young children.
The Moores were a living definition of the word 'team'. Whenever we talked about them, it was always 'RaymondandDorothyMoore', as if we were describing one person. Fortunately for us, the last 30 years of their long and productive lives was dedicated to public promotion of home education, and outstanding help and encouragement for parents everywhere.
Dorothy Moore was a reading specialist. She began her education career as a public elementary school teacher.
Raymond Moore began his education career as a teacher, principal and superintendent of California public schools. After completing his Ph.D. in Education at the University of Southern California, he held the positions of academic dean and president of several Adventist Colleges in the United States, Japan, and the Philippines.
After studying existing research that revealed the negative effect of formal schooling on young children, Ray steered his career away from higher education and into homeschooling. He and Dorothy authored or co-authored numerous homeschool books and articles, including their most influential book Better Late Than Early.
Many people think of the Moores as the grandparents of the modern homeschool movement. Dr. Moore was one of the first public advocates of modern home education. In 1972 he wrote several favorable articles about homeschooling that were published in major consumer magazines. That gave a significant boost to Americans' awareness of the modern homeschool movement.
Their mission for home education was wide ranging. The Moores spent years working with legislatures and courts to establish legal precedents for parents who wanted the freedom to legally homeschool their children. Hundreds of thousands of homeschool families owe a debt of gratitude to Raymond and Dorothy Moore.
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