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This post reviews T. Jeremy Gunn, Spiritual Weapons: The Cold War and the Forging of an American National Religion, (Westport, CT: Praeger, 2009).

Gunn, director of the ACLU’s Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief (among many other assignments), here constructs a fascinating if flawed argument that the Cold War led to the unique blend of Christianity, militarism, and capitalism that is now the dominant religion in the United States.  First I’ll lay out his argument and then say why I think it’s flawed.  What does all of this have to do with homeschooling?  I think conservative Christian homeschoolers are perhaps the purest expression of the sort of religion Gunn is chronicling here–fiercely committed to the idea that the United States is (or was and should be again) a Christian and capitalist nation, and strongly pro-military.  Why are so many conservative homeschoolers like this?  Here’s Gunn’s explanation:

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This post reviews Terry M. Moe and John E Chubb, Liberating Learning: Technology, Politics, and the Future of American Education(San Francisco: Jossey Bass, 2009).

Moe and Chubb are legendary in the world of Educational Policy.  Their 1990 book Politics, Markets and America’s Schools is perhaps the most influential book ever written on the issue of privatization of public education.  In this new book the two scholar-activists reunite to make the case again for radical transformation of public education with private enterprise leading the way.  In this review I will only very briefly summarize their main argument.  My chief interest is in the portions of their book that deal directly with virtual public education, because it happens for the most part at home.  (more…)

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