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|
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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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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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