Write These Laws on Your Children: Inside the World of Conservative Christian Homeschooling

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Beacon Press, 2010 - Education - 229 pages
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Homeschooling is a large and growing phenomenon in American society--between 1999 and 2003 it grew at ten times the rate of public school enrollments. Current estimates suggest that about two million kids are homeschooled, but information about them is terribly incomplete. In Write These Laws on Your Children, Robert Kunzman uses his unprecedented access to six conservative Christian homeschooling families to explore this elusive world, from the day-to-day lives of its adherents to its broader aspirations to transform American culture and politics. Woven throughout Kunzman's narrative are larger questions about the purpose of public education, what makes an educated citizenry--and how American political and intellectual life could change as conservative Christian homeschooled children reach adulthood.The families Kunzman encounters come from diverse locales: urban Los Angeles, central Vermont, rural Tennessee, northeast Indiana, and central Oregon. He takes on the invaluable task of showing us what their homeschooling experience looks like firsthand, what their political and religious beliefs are, and what their kids learn about democratic citizenship and engaging with people with different beliefs. This extraordinary access allows us to see these families not only as part of a larger political movement--which is how they're usually discussed--but as unique entities with fascinating stories to tell.

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I’ll say upfront that I don’t believe I’m the target audience of Write These Laws on Your Children. Rather than being an outside observer, or a curious bypasser who wonders about the conservative ... Read full review


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About the author (2010)

Robert Kunzman is associate professor at the Indiana University School of Education and the author of Grappling with the Good: Talking about Religion and Morality in Public Schools.

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