EDUCATION, SCHOOLING, AND CHILDREN'S RIGHTS: THE COMPLEXITY OF HOMESCHOOLING

Authors


ROBERT KUNZMAN is Associate Professor in the School of Education at Indiana University, 201 North Rose Avenue, Bloomington, IN 47405-1006; e-mail rkunzman@indiana.edu. He studies the intersection of religion, citizenship, and education, with a particular focus on homeschooling.

Abstract

By blurring the distinction between formal school and education writ large, homeschooling both highlights and complicates the tensions among the interests of parents, children, and the state. In this essay, Robert Kunzman argues for a modest version of children's educational rights, at least in a legal sense that the state has the duty and authority to enforce. At the same time, however, it is important to retain a principled distinction between schooling and education—not only to protect children's basic educational rights, but also to prevent the state from overreaching into the private realm of the home and family.

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