Posts Tagged ‘deconstruction’

This post reviews Catherina Groeneveld, “Judicial Constructions of Compulsory Schooling in Germany.”  M.A. Thesis, National University of Ireland, 2010.

Groeneveld, a reader of this blog, recently defended this thesis and graciously sent it to me for review.  Its aim is to explain why German judges, despite a gradual softening of the German public toward homeschooling, continue to hand down decisions that condemn the practice.


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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 Helen Marie Anderson, “Learning (and Leaving) the Comforts of Home: A Radical Pedagogy of Homeplace,” in Philosophy of Education Yearbook (2007): 103-111.

Anderson here offers a two-pronged argument.  First, she makes the interesting claim that “where we learn becomes part of what we learn.”  Second, given Anderson’s conviction that traditional families and homes tend to reproduce all sorts of social pathologies and oppression, the only way to overcome deeply ingrained social inequalities is to deconstruct the home.  (more…)

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