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Record: Mary Rice Hasson, “The Changing Conversations around Homeschooling: An Argument for More Data and Less Ideology” in The University of St. Thomas Journal of Law and Public Policy (2012*): 1-23. [First Page]

Summary: Hasson is a fellow at the Catholic Studies Program of the Ethics & Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C. As the title suggests, she argues that policymakers should focus on the data and research behind homeschooling rather than ideological rhetoric.

Much of the article deals with how homeschooling has changed in the past 30 years. (more…)

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Record: Michael Farris, “Tolerance and Liberty: Answering the Academic Left’s Challenge to Homeschooling Freedom” in Peabody Journal of Education 88, no. 3 (2013): 393-406.

Summary:  Farris, the United States’ most influential homeschooling leader for the past 25 years, here summarizes and then rebuts arguments made by some academics and lawyers who seek to increase regulation of homeschooling. (more…)

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This post reviews Catherine J. Ross, “Fundamentalist Challenges to Core Democratic Values: Exit and Homeschooling.” in William and Mary Bill of Rights Journal 18, 991-1014 (2010).  [Available Here]

Ross, Professor of Law at George Washington University, here argues several claims:

1. assertions homeschoolers make to constitutional authority for their practice are false

2. the state’s interest in preparing children for life in a pluralist democracy trumps parental liberty interests in controlling children’s educations

3. in custody battles where homeschooling is at issue, the state should prefer formal schooling to homeschooling

4. states should engage in “far more stringent oversight and regulation of homeschooling than exists in any state at present.” (p. 992)

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