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Indiana University
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Thursday, January 2, 2020

Bartholet: "Homeschooling: Parent Rights Absolutism vs. Child Rights to Education & Protection"

Elizabeth Bartholet (Harvard) has posted to SSRN her recent article Homeschooling: Parent Rights Absolutism vs. Child Rights to Education & Protection, 62 Arizona L. Rev.__ (forthcoming 2020).  Here is the abstract:

This article describes the rapidly growing homeschooling phenomenon, and the threat it poses to children and society. Homeschooling activists have in recent decades largely succeeded in their deregulation campaign, overwhelming legislators with aggressive advocacy. As a result, parents can now keep their children at home in the name of homeschooling free from any real scrutiny as to whether or how they are educating their children. Many homeschool precisely because they want to isolate their children from ideas and values central to our democracy. Many promote racial segregation and female subservience. Many question science. Many are determined to keep their children from exposure to views that might enable autonomous choice about their future lives. Abusive parents can keep their children at home free from the risk that teachers will report them to child protection services. Some homeschool precisely for this reason. This article calls for a radical transformation in the homeschooling regime, and a related rethinking of child rights and reframing of constitutional doctrine. It recommends a presumptive ban on homeschooling, with the burden on parents to demonstrate justification for permission to homeschool.

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This is the most hate filled,ridiculous batch of lies I have ever read! No research,no facts by a women who obviously has no idea what is best for children! Who does she think she telling others how they should raise their children?

Posted by: shelane frederick | Apr 20, 2020 7:10:31 AM

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