Posted in Homeschooling in Literature and Film, tagged C. S. Lewis, Calvinism, Deb Esposito, Free Will, Narnia, Open Theism, Open Theists, predestination, Tanya Luhrman, The Problem of Pain, When God Talks Back on August 6, 2012 |
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This post reviews Deb Esposito, World War Me: Soul Survivor(Cresco, PA: Monty Media, 2012).
In earlier reviews of children’s literature I have frequently had occasion to note that though conservative Christians make up the lion’s share of homeschoolers in this country, almost every piece of children’s lit that has homeschooling characters tends to feature the small minority who are drawn to the practice for more secular reasons ranging from hippie-type rejections of formalism and desire to live in nature to concerns for a child’s health.
Well, here is a book about Christian homeschooling. (more…)
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Posted in research methodology, tagged Calvinism, childhood obesity, Dumbing Us Down, Home Education Magazine, HSLDA, John Holt, John Taylor Gatto, Michael Farris, Pat Farenga, predestination, total depravity, Underground History of American Education on February 3, 2009 |
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This post reviews John Taylor Gatto, Weapons of Mass Instruction: A Schoolteacher’s Journey through the Dark World of Compulsory Schooling (New Society Publishers, 2009).
John Taylor Gatto is a legendary figure in the world of homeschooling. My bookon homeschool history describes how by the late 1980s secular and conservative Protestant homeschoolers increasingly became estranged. The large Christian conventions and publications stopped inviting as speakers leaders who did not share their worldview. Gatto is a standout exception to this generalization. His stature is great both among conservative homeschoolers like those affiliated with HSLDA and among more liberal homeschoolers like those affiliated with Home Education Magazine, and he regularly keynotes conferences and conventions of all parties.
This, his latest book, is something of a grab-bag of classic Gatto themes. My review here will not systematically work through his chapters but will use it as an excuse to make some comments on Gatto and his meaning for the homeschooling movement. (more…)
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