Let me start off by saying that I absolutely loved this book. It’s my favorite kind of history. Sehat takes one idea and traces its history from the American founding to the present, giving his readers a deep understanding of the concept even as we are disabused of some common misperceptions along the way. The concept here is American religious freedom. The misperceptions are these. Liberals often speak as if from our founding the United States has been a secular nation and that Christian efforts to impose Christian morality on everyone else are out of step with this history. Conservatives often speak as if the United States has always been a Christian nation, and that Christianity is in fact the basis of the religious freedom we all hold so dear. Both are wrong.
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Posted in History of Homeschooling, tagged 10 Commandments, 14th Amendment, African Americans, Baptist, Biblical Criticism, Bill of Rights, Blasphemy laws, blue laws, Catholics, Civil War, Constitution, Culture War, Darwinism, David Sehat, Decency laws, Dred Scott, Evangelical, Evolution, First Amendment, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, freethinkers, godless Constitution, Great Depression, James Madison, Methodist, moral establishment, Moral Majority, Reconstruction, Second Great Awakening, slavery, Ten Commandments on April 12, 2012 | 1 Comment »
This post reviews Robert Kunzman, “Homeschooling and Religious Fundamentalism” in International Journal of Elementary Education 3, no. 1 (October 2010): 17-28. [Available here]
Kunzman, author of Write These Laws on Your Children: Inside the World of Conservative Christian Homeschooling and many articles on American homeschooling, here tries to explain why so many religious fundamentalists have found homeschooling an attractive educational option.
Posted in Family life, Parental motivation, tagged African American homeschooling, BellaOnline.com, Catholic homeschooling, Christa Rosales, Christine Field, Chronicle of Higher Education, classical education, conservative Protestant homeschooling, Creationism, Evolution, First Things, homeschooling children with special needs, Jennifer James, Laredo Morning Times, Mark Field, Meg Grooms, Mothering Magazine, Nicole Vallone, religious motivation for homeschooling, Sally Thomas, Special Education, W.A. Pannapacker, William A. Pannapacker on February 10, 2009 | 4 Comments »
Back in June I reviewed the previous incarnation of this book in four blog posts (number 1, number 2, number 3, and number 4). There’s a lot of interesting stuff in those posts, so if you haven’t read them I recommend doing so.
Myra Immel is the editor this time around of Homeschooling (Current Controversies). The 2009 edition has been completely revised with all new material and a more manageable organization. As with the previous incarnation, all of the articles it contains appeared previously elsewhere, but they are collected here in one convenient package, capably edited and introduced. The selections provide various views on four questions: (more…)