On the third Tuesday of each month we post a quick roundup of some recent academic publications and news about homeschooling, offered for your interest. These are typically university research papers, and they may have a positive, negative, or neutral outlook on home education — and if they don’t seem appealing, just scroll on by. The title links generally point to the full text of each publication, which is often a printable pdf file. In some cases, a paid subscription may be required to read the whole article. The article abstracts below are quoted in full whenever possible, without editing.
We have four items this month, and the first is an anti-homeschooling hit-piece that is the talk of the Internet this week. It profiles the work of Harvard law professor Elizabeth Bartholet (who appeared once before in these monthly news roundups). The article provides important insights into the thinking of those who reject the right of parents to homeschool their own children.
(1) The Risks of Homeschooling — E. O’Donnell (2020)
Introduction: A rapidly increasing number of American families are opting out of sending their children to school, choosing instead to educate them at home. Homeschooled kids now account for roughly 3 percent to 4 percent of school-age children in the United States, a number equivalent to those attending charter schools, and larger than the number currently in parochial schools.
Yet Elizabeth Bartholet, Wasserstein public interest professor of law and faculty director of the Law School’s Child Advocacy Program, sees risks for children — and society — in homeschooling, and recommends a presumptive ban on the practice. Homeschooling, she says, not only violates children’s right to a “meaningful education” and their right to be protected from potential child abuse, but may keep them from contributing positively to a democratic society.
(2) Homeschooling in Secler Region, Romania — K.M. Mandel (2020)
Abstract: In the presented article, we are looking for the solutions and challenges of homeschooling in terms of further education and labour market inclusion. Purpose: The purpose of the paper is to discuss the conceptual framework of a research-initiative on homeschooling. What are the consequences? Because of a lack of adequate state language usage, is there a forced migration in the pupils’ career paths? To what extent are homeschoolers included into traditional compulsory education, lifelong learning, the labor market, and the society? Methods: This is a paper with the conceptual framework of a research, where snowball sampling based qualitative interviews are planned. Results: From the research to be conducted, the authors expect a reliable picture of the causes, challenges and consequences of homeschooling on lifelong learning, the labour market and social inclusion. Discussion: It seems that homeschooling in the Seclerland is a deschooling solution, because it is usually opted by parents dissatisfied with the quality of education. It helps them avoid Romanian language tests of skills and maturity examinations. We assume that those with outstanding competencies (e.g. in music or sports) or those with a certain handicap (e.g. health problems), as well as those temporarily living abroad are choosing it. It can be a sort of forced solution, a self-defense strategy that protects students from increasing school conflicts, and a reaction to the lack of satisfactory educational offers, commuting, or school segregation. Limitations: Limitations of research are due to the snowball sample method and time/money limits. Conclusions: We hope that, above all, the results will help parents to take a wise decision on whether to choose this option or not, but also schools and decision makers in education to assess their roles in the process and make changes if they want to and can do so.
Introduction: Millions of children in the United States do not attend school. While this sounds alarming, it is important to remember that brick and mortar schools are not the only form of education. It is an oft-repeated refrain that our public schools are failing our children. Parents of all types and backgrounds choose alternative education for their children, including forms of homeschooling. Who is to say that parents or even the children themselves cannot do better? Forms of homeschooling vary by curricula and structure; “unschooled” children direct their own educations and do not follow prescribed curricula as a form of homeschooling. It is up to each state to ensure its children receive an education, whether through public schools or otherwise.
(4) Homeschooling: An Alternative Education Based on Potential of Children — N. Purwaningsih & P.Y. Fauziah (2020)
Abstract: The reason underlying homeschoolers decide on homeschooling education is because of the emergence of the desire to provide education that supports children’s competence in their field. In addition, due to factors distrust of formal schooling and the provision of religious education. Homeschooling is a positive alternative education to develop children’s potential. Through homeschooling, children and homeschoolers together communicate learning that supports children’s talents and interests. The selected curriculum adjusts the reference of education in Indonesia, but is managed flexibly based on children’s autonomy. Homeschooling children learn the teaching materials required for diploma examinations that are officially recognized by the government and can be used to continue to higher education. Homeschooling children also have more opportunities to explore and develop potential based on intelligence and learning styles that are unique to each child. The flexibility of time and material decided to be studied by children contributes to the formation of independence and attitude of responsibility of children towards their learning tasks. Educational aspects include cognitive, affective, and psychomotor domains, so that the homeschool education model provides satisfaction for homeschoolers and homeschooling children because it provides tangible experiences that benefit children’s life skills.
What interesting homeschool news and research have you come across this Leo Term? 👩🏻🎓
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