Proposals to Ban Homeschooling Are an Attack on Pluralism

David Keagle takes a break from homeschooling with his children in St. Charles, Iowa, September 30, 2011. (Brian C. Frank/Reuters)
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NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE A prison composed of “reading,” “writing,” “arithmatic” (yes, “arithmatic”), and the Bible. That is how an illustration in the latest issue of the Harvard Magazine portrays homeschooling. While other children run and play outside, the poor homeschooler squints out between the bars. (An updated version of this illustration changes “arithmatic” to “arithmetic.”)

The story accompanying this illustration focuses on an argument by the celebrated Harvard Law professor Elizabeth Bartholet that homeschooling “not only violates children’s right to a ‘meaningful education’ and their right to be protected from potential child abuse, but may keep them from contributing positively to a democratic society.”

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