Magazine May 18, 2020, Issue

Harvard Law Takes Aim at Homeschooling

A woman reads a book to her children in Budapest, Hungary, January 28, 2020. (Bernadett Szabo/Reuters)
Or, the second coming of the Know Nothings

Professor Elizabeth Bartholet of Harvard Law recently caused a stir with her ignorant and nakedly authoritarian Arizona Law Review essay calling for a ban on homeschooling. On its own, the article is bad. In context, it is worse. 

Professor Bartholet is hardly the first progressive academic to call for a ban on homeschooling. She is not even the only elite law-school professor to publish a paper on the subject: Robin West of Georgetown Law published a very similar broadside in Philosophy and Public Policy Quarterly in 2009. Professor West’s assault was based in part on old-fashioned snobbery — she was aghast

This article appears as “The Second Coming of the Know Nothings” in the May 18, 2020, print edition of National Review.

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