This is the second of a two-part review of Randall Curren and J. C. Blokhuis, “The Prima Facie Case Against Homeschooling” in Public Affairs Quarterly, 25, no. 1 (January 2011): 1-19.
In my previous post I argued against the historic backstory Curren and Blokhuis provide as the underpinning of their argument. Today I will look at the argument itself. In general they make two basic claims. First, they claim that all children are entitled to equal public protection of their educational interests, which means that all forms of education, including private schooling and homeschooling, must provide equal educative opportunities. Second, they claim that the nature of knowledge is such that, especially at the secondary level, parents (or any other citizen) can be presumed to lack competence to teach, and that anybody who wants to teach must overcome this presumption of incompetence by proving their merit.
Curren and Blokhuis elaborate on these claims through a three-part argument. I will first summarize their argument and then offer some critiques. (more…)