HOMESCHOOLING IN BRAZIL: Principles & Legalization Attempts

Record: Luciane Muniz Ribeiro Barbosa, “An Overview of the Homeschooling in Brazil: Analysis of Its Principles and Attempts of Legalization.” Open Journal of Social Sciences, 4, No. 4 (2016), 203-211. [Article]

Summary: Luciane Muniz Ribeiro Barbosa is a professor in the Department of Human Sciences and Education at the Universidade Federal de São Carlos. In this article she analyzes the underpinnings of the homeschooling movement in Brazil and its attempts at legalization.

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HOW TO DESIRE DIFFERENTLY: Home Education as Different, not Better, than School

Record: Harriet Pattison, “How To Desire Differently: Home Education as a Heterotopia” in Journal of Philosophy of Education 49, no. 4 (November 2015): 619-637 [Available Here]

Summary: Pattison, many of whose other works have been reviewed on this blog, here offers a more philosophical and less empirical defense of informal learning than is usual for her.  She begins with a brief orientation to home education in the U.K., noting especially the infamous Badman review and the controversies it precipitated.  From there she focuses in on one particular type of home education–what we in the States often call “unschooling,” but is frequently called in the U.K. “autonomous education.”  She traces its roots to John Holt, who combined the child-centered, activity-oriented pedagogy of Rousseau and Dewey with a more pessimistic view of adult oversight of children.

Parents and advocates who celebrate children’s autonomous approach to learning often have difficulty being understood by outsiders, especially government officials, who have a different philosophy of education.  Pattison’s article here is an attempt to explain the philosophical distinctives of autonomous education in the hopes that doing so will increase public understanding of and tolerance for the practice.  She especially wants to get beyond debates about which approach, home education or institutional schooling, is “better,” hoping that we can instead understand that the two are just “different,” not really capable of being compared. Continue reading

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RETHINKING LEARNING TO READ: A Book-Length Study from the United Kingdom

Record: Harriet Pattison, Rethinking Learning to Read (Shrewsbury, UK: Educational Heretics Press, 2016)

Summary:  Pattison’s name and work will be familiar to long-time readers of this blog.  She has worked closely with Alan Thomas for many years now, employing surveys and interviews to support normative arguments for the value of informal (or what they sometimes call “osmotic”) learning.  In 2008 Thomas and Pattison published a book titled How Children Learn at Home, which was based on interviews with 26 mostly unschooling families.  This new book is similar in some respects, though its emphasis is more narrowly focused on reading. Continue reading

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HARO 2014 INSTALLMENT NINE: Abuse

Record: Coalition for Responsible Home Education, “A Complex Picture: Results of the 2014 Survey of Adult Alumni of the Modern Christian Homeschool Movement, Installment Nine” Homeschool Alumni Reaching Out (15 April 2016). [Available Here]

Summary: This post reviews the ninth installment of HARO’s survey of homeschool alumni. For the other installments in the series please click on the following links:

  1. Installment 1: Background and Summary
  2. Installment 2: Demographics
  3. Installment 3: Academics and Non-Academics
  4. Installment 4: Food and Health
  5. Installment 5: Religion
  6. Installment 6: Present and Future
  7. Installment 7: Sexuality
  8. Installment 8: Mental Health
  9. Installment 9: Abuse

The ninth installment of HARO’s survey explores the respondents’ reports of child abuse, their feelings about spanking, and their understanding of child protective services. Continue reading

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HARO 2014 INSTALLMENT EIGHT: Mental Health

Record: Coalition for Responsible Home Education, “A Complex Picture: Results of the 2014 Survey of Adult Alumni of the Modern Christian Homeschool Movement, Installment Eight” Homeschool Alumni Reaching Out (15 April 2016). [Available Here]

Summary: This post reviews the eighth installment of HARO’s survey of homeschool alumni. For the other installments in the series please click on the following links:

  1. Installment 1: Background and Summary
  2. Installment 2: Demographics
  3. Installment 3: Academics and Non-Academics
  4. Installment 4: Food and Health
  5. Installment 5: Religion
  6. Installment 6: Present and Future
  7. Installment 7: Sexuality
  8. Installment 8: Mental Health
  9. Installment 9: Abuse

The eighth installment of HARO’s survey explores the respondents’ previous mental health conditions, their families’ attitudes towards mental health, and the prevalence of self-harm and substance abuse. Continue reading

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HARO 2014 INSTALLMENT SEVEN: Sexuality

Record: Coalition for Responsible Home Education, “A Complex Picture: Results of the 2014 Survey of Adult Alumni of the Modern Christian Homeschool Movement, Installment Seven” Homeschool Alumni Reaching Out (15 April 2016). [Available Here]

Summary: This post reviews the seventh installment of HARO’s survey of homeschool alumni. For the other installments in the series please click on the following links:

  1. Installment 1: Background and Summary
  2. Installment 2: Demographics
  3. Installment 3: Academics and Non-Academics
  4. Installment 4: Food and Health
  5. Installment 5: Religion
  6. Installment 6: Present and Future
  7. Installment 7: Sexuality
  8. Installment 8: Mental Health
  9. Installment 9: Abuse

The seventh installment of HARO’s survey investigates the respondents’ sexual orientation, gender identity, and attitudes towards sexuality.

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HARO 2014 INSTALLMENT SIX: Present and Future

Record: Coalition for Responsible Home Education, “A Complex Picture: Results of the 2014 Survey of Adult Alumni of the Modern Christian Homeschool Movement, Installment Six” Homeschool Alumni Reaching Out (15 April 2016). [Available Here]

Summary: This post reviews the sixth installment of HARO’s survey of homeschool alumni. For the other installments in the series please click on the following links:

  1. Installment 1: Background and Summary
  2. Installment 2: Demographics
  3. Installment 3: Academics and Non-Academics
  4. Installment 4: Food and Health
  5. Installment 5: Religion
  6. Installment 6: Present and Future
  7. Installment 7: Sexuality
  8. Installment 8: Mental Health
  9. Installment 9: Abuse

The sixth installment of HARO’s survey investigates the respondents’ current living situations as well as their career status. Continue reading

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A CLASSROOM AT HOME: Children and MOOCs

Record: Yin Yin, Catherine Adams, Erika Goble, and Luis Francisco Vargas Madriz, “A classroom at home: children and the lived world of MOOCs” in Educational Media International 52, no. 2 (2015): 88-99. [Abstract]

Summary: Yin, Adams, Goble, and Vargas Madriz are from the University of Alberta‘s Faculty of Education. In this study they qualitatively examine the experiences of children who participate in massive open online courses (MOOCs). Continue reading

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DOES IT REALLY MATTER IF THE ODD KID DIES?: A Look at the Death of Dylan Seabridge

Record: Chris Waterman, “Does it really matter if the odd kid dies?” in Education Journal 256 (2016): 15-19. [Abstract]

Summary: Waterman is the former Executive Director of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS). In this article he addresses the death of Dylan Seabridge, an eight-year-old, home educated child who passed away from scurvy, and how the British government could have prevented it. Continue reading

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FINANCIAL LITERACY: Comparison between Public School, Christian School, and Homeschooled Students

Record: Tricia Wright, “Comparing the Financial Literacy of Public School, Christian School, and Homeschooled Students” in Journal of Research on Christian Education 25, no. 1 (2016): 56-75. [Abstract]

Summary: Wright is the founder of Elite Educational Services, Inc. and completed this study while in the Ed.D. program at Bob Jones University. In this article she explores the personal finance literacy and behavior of Christian college students who attended public schools, Christian schools, and home schools. Continue reading

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