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This post reviews Susan A. Miller,Growing Girls: The Natural Origins of Girls’ Organizations in America (New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2007)

Miller, a lecturer in the history department at the University of Pennsylvania, here writes a detailed and fascinating account of organizations created in the early 20th century to help girls maintain continuity with the frontier past even as they prepared them for the modern future–organizations like Camp Fire Girls, Girl Scouts, Girl Pioneers, and many more.  (more…)

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This post is the final installment of my treatment of Kathryn Joyce, Quiverfull: Inside the Christian Patriarchy Movement.

In my first post I summarized the book’s content.  In my second post I offered a few critiques and generalizations.  Here I’d like to offer some speculations about the movement’s future, drawing on a few personal experiences in the process.  (more…)

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This post reviews Patricia M. Greenfield, “Linking Social Change and Developmental Change: Shifting Pathways of Human Development” in Developmental Psychology 45, no. 2 (March 2009): 401-418

Greenfield is a luminary in the field of psychocultural research, the comparative study of psychology across geographic and ethnic boundaries.  She is Distinguished Professor of Psychology at UCLA and Associate Director of the Children’s Digital Media Center, Los Angeles (CDMCLA).

In this fascinating article Greenfield constructs a broad theory to explain how changes in society interface with changes in child development.  In this review I will briefly summarize her theory and then explain how it connects to homeschooling.  (more…)

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This post reviews Carol Plum-Ucci, Homeschooling Abbey: Your Basic Mom Tries Home Education & Tells All (BookSurge, 2008)

Plum-Ucci, best known for her young adult thrillers, here pens an intriguing memoir/meditation on her homeschooling experience with her daughter Abbey.  (more…)

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In my previous two posts (here and here) I reviewed the first three parts of Homeschooling (Current Controversies).  In this post I’ll finish out part four and make some concluding comments about the anthology. 

Part four addresses the question, “Should Homeschooled Children Have Access to Public School Resources?”  (more…)

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This post follows my previous post reviewing the new anthology Homeschooling (Current Controversies).  Here I will review parts II and III of the book.

Part II addresses the question “is homeschooling a good option?” with three yea voices and one nay.  (more…)

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In my previous post I briefly described Gladwell’s thesis and drew some implications for homeschooling out of some of the examples from his new bestseller Outliers: The Story of Success.  Here I’d like to do more of the same. (more…)

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This post reviews Rachel Gathercole, The Well-Adjusted Child: The Social Benefits of Homeschooling (Denver: Mapletree Publishing Co., 2007).

Gathercole, a veteran homeschooling mother and widely published homeschooling advocate, here provides book-length coverage of the issue that has vexed homeschoolers more than any other–socialization.   (more…)

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This post briefly reviews Glenda Jackson, “Summary of Australian Research on Home Education,” an unpublished paper she composed while working toward the Ph.D. at Monash University in March of 2006. (PDF available here)

Jackson, who seems to be positioning herself as the premier authority on Australian homeschooling, here provides an extensive bibliography of research on Australian homeschooling organized by topic.  (more…)

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This post reviews Helen Marie Anderson, “Learning (and Leaving) the Comforts of Home: A Radical Pedagogy of Homeplace,” in Philosophy of Education Yearbook (2007): 103-111.

Anderson here offers a two-pronged argument.  First, she makes the interesting claim that “where we learn becomes part of what we learn.”  Second, given Anderson’s conviction that traditional families and homes tend to reproduce all sorts of social pathologies and oppression, the only way to overcome deeply ingrained social inequalities is to deconstruct the home.  (more…)

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