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The dark side of homeschooling

May 19, 2013

Homeschooling is a powerful alternative schooling option, versus the more traditional public or private schooling.  Unfortunately it has been co-opted by the religious right to provide an environment where the priority is to not be exposed to non-religious opinion, or to any science that conflicts with a strictly religious viewpoint (hence its popularity among creationists).  Katherine Stewart, author of
The Good News Club: The Christian Right’s Stealth Assault on America’s Children talks to some former students to understand why this is a very bad idea, in this article from the UK Guardian.

According to the Department of Education, the home schooling student population doubled in between 1999 and 2007, to 1.5 million students, and there is reason to think the growth has continued. Though families opt to home school for many different reasons, a large part of the growth has come from Christian fundamentalist sects. Children in that first wave are now old enough to talk about their experiences. In many cases, what they have to say is quite alarming.

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