Kingdom of Children

Kingdom of Children

Culture and Controversy in the Homeschooling Movement

Book - 2001
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More than one million American children are schooled by their parents. As their ranks grow, home schoolers are making headlines by winning national spelling bees and excelling at elite universities. The few studies conducted suggest that homeschooled children are academically successful and remarkably well socialized. Yet we still know little about this alternative to one of society's most fundamental institutions. Mitchell Stevens goes behind the scenes of the homeschool movement. What he finds are two very different kinds of home education--one rooted in the liberal alternative school movement of the 1960s and 1970s and one stemming from the Christian day school movement of the same era. Stevens explains how this dual history shapes the meaning and practice of home schooling today. In the process, he introduces us to an unlikely mix of parents and notes the core values on which they agree: the sanctity of childhood and the primacy of family in the face of a highly competitive, bureaucratized society
Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, c2001
ISBN: 9780691058184
0691058180
Characteristics: xiii, 228 p. ; 24 cm

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