Posts Tagged ‘Rutherford Institute’

Record: Michael J. McVicar, Christian Reconstruction: R. J. Rushdoony and American Religious Conservatism (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2015)

Summary:  McVicar, who teaches in the Religion department at Florida State, here provides us with a  book-length biography of one of the most important early U.S. homeschooling leaders.  Rushdoony is not always put in the same tier of standout leaders as John Holt and Raymond and Dorothy Moore, but I argued in my 2008 history of the movement that he should be.  McVicar’s lively and detailed account of the life, ideas, and influence of Rushdoony confirms me in my original belief and offers a wealth of new information not only about Rushdoony and homeschooling but about his broader significance for post-WWII American education, politics, and law.


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This post briefly reviews Brian D. Schwartz, The Law of Homeschooling (Dayton: Education Law Assn., 2008) [ordering info here]

Let me begin by saying that I have not read this book.  When I was writing the legal chapter in my own book on homeschooling I looked at the older edition of this text (published in 1994) and wasn’t very impressed.  Back then the best book on homeschool law was far and away Rutherford Institute founder John W. Whitehead’s Home Education: Rights and Reasons

This new edition is only 74 pages and costs $35.  I didn’t want to spend that, so I’m relying here on a good review of the book by Theresa Willingham, published in the January 2009 issue of the Journal of School Choice.  [unfortunately unavailable online]  (more…)

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This blog is usually not really bloggy, in the sense that I don’t normally comment on other blogs posting about this or that passing tidbit.  But today I’ll break from my normal modus operandi for a truly remarkable tidbit.

Yesterday I read on Rod Dreher’s “Crunchycon” blog that Howard Ahmanson, the famous Orange County Billionaire whose funding has long been of vital importance to conservative Christian causes, had become a Democrat.  From the perspective of homeschooling history, this is amazing.  (more…)

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