In defense of homeschooling

In their May-June 2020 issue, Harvard Magazine published an article by Erin O’Donnell titled “The Risks of Homeschooling.” Harvard law professor Elizabeth Bartholet, quoted extensively throughout the article, “recommends a presumptive ban on the practice,” claiming that homeschooling violates children’s rights and inculcates conservative Christian, anti-scientific, misogynist, and racist views.

Homeschooling in Arkansas has grown steadily over the last 20 years; therefore, these charges deserve consideration.

Defamatory stereotypes of homeschoolers, such as those alleged by Bartholet, are based on old assumptions that all homeschoolers hold similar beliefs, but if this was ever true, it is untrue today. As more families join the movement, their reasons for choosing homeschooling are diverse.

Read the full post at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

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