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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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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…)

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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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