ERIC Number: EJ784706
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Feb
Reference Count: 21
Rethinking the Boundaries and Burdens of Parental Authority over Education: A Response to Rob Reich's Case Study of Homeschooling
Glanzer, Perry L.
Educational Theory, v58 n1 p1-16 Feb 2008
Rob Reich's claim that fruitful discussions about the balance among state, parental, and children's educational interests would benefit by contemplating the widespread phenomenon of homeschooling is a welcome suggestion. His policy recommendations, however, place an unjustified burden on parents to show the adequacy of homeschooling arrangements instead of placing the burden on the state to clarify commonly agreed-upon outcome measures. In this essay, Perry Glanzer argues that Reich places the burden on parents by overstating the threat that the freedom given to homeschooling parents represents to the interests of liberal democratic states and children. Reich, Glanzer contends, also underestimates the state's tendency to use regulation to weaken the civil society essential for liberal democracy. To counter Reich's proposal, Glanzer offers recommendations regarding the proper limits of parental authority in education in general and in the case of homeschooling in particular.
Descriptors: Democracy, Home Schooling, Educational Philosophy, Educational Policy, Outcomes of Education, Educational Assessment, Government Role, Parent Role, Power Structure, Student Welfare
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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