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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.
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