Homeschooling and Religious Fundamentalism


Robert KUNZMAN


Abstract

This article considers the relationship between homeschooling and religious fundamentalism by focusing on their intersection in the philosophies and practices of conservative Christian homeschoolers in the United States. Homeschooling provides an ideal educational setting to support several core fundamentalist principles: resistance to contemporary culture; suspicion of institutional authority and professional expertise; parental control and centrality of the family; and interweaving of faith and academics. It is important to recognize, however, that fundamentalism exists on a continuum; conservative religious homeschoolers resist liberal democratic values to varying degrees, and efforts to foster dialogue and accommodation with religious homeschoolers can ultimately help strengthen the broader civic fabric.


Keywords

Home Education, Homeschooling, Christian Fundamentalism.

Paper Details

Paper Details
Topic EU Education Programs
Pages 17 - 28
Issue IEJEE, Volume 3, Issue 1, Special Issue Out of School Education
Date of acceptance 10 January 2010
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Author(s) Details

Robert KUNZMAN

Indiana University, United States


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