The reason I want to focus attention on homeschooling, as it is currently practiced, is that it is the single most worrisome institutional arrangement for educating children to be critical thinkers. This is not -- I hasten to add -- because parents generally speaking are motivated to impede critical thinking. (In point of fact, I think that a homeschool environment could in practice be one of the most effective ways to foster critical thought and autonomy.) This is because homeschooling proceeds in many states now without any check whatsoever on parents' educational activities. One of the bare minimum conditions of creating critical thinkers, it seems to me, is that the school environment (public, private, or homeschool) engage children with views different from those of their parents. But this idea is what seems to drive some homeschoolers nuts. JJ and Scott, would you sign on to this idea?
I'll give you a hint. He's a liberal, an acquaintance of Scott Somerville, and dead wrong.
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