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This post reviews Susette Brynard, “Home Schooling as an Open-Learning Educational Challenge in South Africa” in South African Journal of Education 27, no. 1 (2007): 83-100.

Brynard, a lecturer in the Department of Comparative Education and Educational Management at the University of the Free State in South Africa, here provides an overview of the issue of homeschooling in the South African context, interpreting it as a viable form of “Open Learning.”  (more…)

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Just a note for readers of this blog:  Next week our family is going away on vacation and after that it will be time to get ready for the upcoming fall semester at my college, so I will not have the kind of time I’ve had over the summer to compose these blog entries.  I’ll still update the blog as much as I can, hopefully at least once a week, but definitely not daily as I’ve been doing for the past few weeks.  Thanks to everyone who has been stopping by!

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Dana Hanley of principleddiscovery.com has an online radio show which can be accessed here.  Today at 2:30 I’ll be talking with her about my book Homeschool: An American History.  The show is archived, so you can catch it any time.

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This post reviews Peter J. Leithart, “The New Classical Schooling” in Intercollegiate Review 43, no. 1 (Spring 2008): 3-12. (Available fulltext here)

Leithart, a professor at New Saint Andrews University in Moscow, Idaho, is well-placed to chronicle the emerging classical Christian Education movement.  He has long been associated with The Logos school and Trinity Reformed Church in Moscow (where he now serves as pastor), the seedbed of the movement.  In this article Leithart traces the history of the movement and discusses its underlying philosophical rationale.  (more…)

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This post reviews Lee Lee Loh-Ludher, “The Socioeconomic Context of Home-Based Learning by Women in Malaysia” in Distance Education 28, no. 2 (August 2007): 179-193.

Loh-Ludher, founder of the University for Education and Development in Battambang, Cambodia, here describes the challenges faced by poor women in Malaysia and the hope that home-based tutoring holds out for them.  (more…)

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This post reviews Emma Stroobant, “Dancing to the Music of Your Heart: Home Schooling the School-Resistant Child” (Ph.D. Thesis, University of Auckland, 2006).  (Available fulltext here)

Stroobant, a doctoral candidate at the University of Auckland in New Zealand, here offers as her Ph.D. thesis a challenge to the dominant medical model that pathologizes the phenomenon of “school resistance”–the overwhelming fear of school and refusal to attend by some children.  Rather than medicating such children and forcing them to attend school, Stroobant looks at homeschooling as an alternative therapy.  (more…)

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This post reviews Lee SmithBattle, “‘I Wanna Have a Good Future:’ Teen Mothers’ Rise in Educational Aspirations, Competing Demands, and Limited School Support.” in Youth and Society 38, no. 3 (March 2007): 348-371.

SmithBattle, a professor at the St. Louis University School of Nursing, here describes how pregnancy and childbirth often serve as motivators for young teens to raise their educational aspirations.  (more…)

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