Culture and Controversy in the Homeschooling Movement
Author: Mitchell Stevens
Publisher: Princeton University Press
More than one million American children are schooled by their parents. As their ranks grow, home schoolers are making headlines by winning national spelling bees and excelling at elite universities. The few studies conducted suggest that homeschooled children are academically successful and remarkably well socialized. Yet we still know little about this alternative to one of society's most fundamental institutions. Beyond a vague notion of children reading around the kitchen table, we don't know what home schooling looks like from the inside. Sociologist Mitchell Stevens goes behind the scenes of the homeschool movement and into the homes and meetings of home schoolers. What he finds are two very different kinds of home education--one rooted in the liberal alternative school movement of the 1960s and 1970s and one stemming from the Christian day school movement of the same era. Stevens explains how this dual history shapes the meaning and practice of home schooling today. In the process, he introduces us to an unlikely mix of parents (including fundamentalist Protestants, pagans, naturalists, and educational radicals) and notes the core values on which they agree: the sanctity of childhood and the primacy of family in the face of a highly competitive, bureaucratized society. Kingdom of Children aptly places home schoolers within longer traditions of American social activism. It reveals that home schooling is not a random collection of individuals but an elaborate social movement with its own celebrities, networks, and characteristic lifeways. Stevens shows how home schoolers have built their philosophical and religious convictions into the practical structure of the cause, and documents the political consequences of their success at doing so. Ultimately, the history of home schooling serves as a parable about the organizational strategies of the progressive left and the religious right since the 1960s.Kingdom of Children shows what happens when progressive ideals meet conventional politics, demonstrates the extraordinary political capacity of conservative Protestantism, and explains the subtle ways in which cultural sensibility shapes social movement outcomes more generally.
Seven Lectures and Answers to Questions Given in Torquay, August 12-20, 1924
Author: Rudolf Steiner
These talks are perhaps the best introduction to Steiner's ideas on Waldorf education. Given to a small group on his last visit to England in 1924, Steiner shows the need for teachers to develop themselves by transforming their natural gifts, and how teachers can use humor to keep their teaching lively and imaginative. Above all, he stresses the grave importance of doing everything with the awareness that children are citizens of both the spiritual and the physical worlds.
Author: Rebecca Coleman
Thrown together to organize a fund-raiser for their private school, teacher Judy McFarland and student Zach Patterson, bonded by loneliness, embark on an affair that corrupts them both as the lines between adult and child are blurred.
Re-envisioning the Legacy and Philosophical Relevance of Negritude
Author: Cheikh Thiam
Category: Literary Criticism
Return to the Kingdom of Childhood: Re-envisioning the Legacy and Philosophical Relevance of Negritude examines the philosophy of Negritude through an innovative analysis of L�opold S�dar Senghor’s oeuvre. In the first book-length study of Senghorian philosophy, Cheikh Thiam argues that Senghor’s work expresses an Afri-centered conception of the human while simultaneously offering a critique of the Western universalization of "man.” Senghor’s corrective, descriptive, and prescriptive theory of humanness is developed through a conception of race as a cultural manifestation of being. Thiam contends that Senghor’s conception of race entails an innovative Afri-centered epistemology and ontology. For Senghor, races are the effects of particular groups’ relations to the world. The so-called "Negroes,” for example, are determined by their epistemology based on their fluid understanding of the ontological manifestations of being. The examination of this ontology and its ensuing epistemology, which is constitutive of the foundation of Senghor’s entire oeuvre, indicates that Negritude is a postcolonial philosophy that stands on its own. The hermeneutics of Senghor’s race theory show that the Senegalese thinker’s pioneering postcolonial philosophy remains relevant in the postcolonial era. In fact, it questions and expands the works of major contemporary African-descended scholars such as Paul Gilroy, Edouard Glissant, and Molefi Asante. Thiam’s approach is thoroughly interdisciplinary, combining perspectives from philosophy, literary analysis, anthropology, and postcolonial, African, and cultural studies.
Inside the World of Conservative Christian Homeschooling
Author: Robert Kunzman
Publisher: Beacon Press
Explores the elusive world of six conservative Christian homeschooling families from across the country to show what their homeschooling experience looks like, what their political and religious beliefs are, and what the kids learn about democratic citizenship and engaging with people with different beliefs.
Author: Katrina Kusa
Publisher: Archway Publishing
Category: Juvenile Fiction
When we grow up, we leave the world of magical creatures and mystical places behind. But when youre young, magic is all around you. Whether its a special book, a tiny crown, or even the creatures in your favorite garden, magic and friendship can help you do anything. Clara finds magic everywhere she looks, including the little lizard friends that she reads to whenever she can. When her friends are in trouble, she learns that love and kindness are much stronger than hate and heartlessness. Clara learns that by working together, and having the support of her friends and family, she can make any wish come true. She can even turn a selfish bully into a sweet and gentle friend, ready to follow her on her next adventure. Whether youre young, or young at heart, still dreaming of your magical world, Kingdom of the Lizards will transport you to the wonderful days where you can relive your magic again and again.
A Kid's Guide to God's Supernatural Power
Author: Bill Johnson,Mike Seth,Marilyn Seth
Publisher: Destiny Image Publishers
This work is an invitation and guide for young people to bring the realm of Heaven to earth. As children discover their identity through the revelation of the Father's love, they are released to fulfill their Royal Mission: to demonstrate the Kingdom of God by living a life of miracles. Each chapter explains and identifies the inheritance that God's sons and daughters possess, such as the Father's love, the anointing and indwelling of the Holy Spirit, faith, prayer, and the keys of power and authority. This book is not only a companion for the "journey", but also provides a meeting place for children to encounter God's presence that will transform their hearts and lives.
A Baha'i Approach to Spiritual Parenting
Author: Daun E. Miller
Publisher: Baha'i Publishing Trust
Category: Family & Relationships
A practical guide for successful and spiritual parenting based on the love of God, the love of family and the love of children. Spiritually bases answers that convey a practical approach to educating children in a loving and supportive manner, with spiritual principles, virtues, and character development serving as the foundation for their learning and growth. Written in chronological order so that busy parents can find what they need quickly and easily, the book designates each age group as an important stage in a child's life and one that demands specific action on the part of parents. Using the Bahai writings, as well as personal experience, the author demonstrates that there is an alternative to the chaos and confusion that many parents see engulfing the world.
Author: Anca Gheaus,Gideon Calder,Jurgen De Wispelaere
Childhood looms large in our understanding of human life, as a phase through which all adults have passed. Childhood is foundational to the development of selfhood, the formation of interests, values and skills and to the lifespan as a whole. Understanding what it is like to be a child, and what differences childhood makes, are thus essential for any broader understanding of the human condition. The Routledge Handbook of the Philosophy of Childhood and Children is an outstanding reference source for the key topics, problems and debates in this crucial and exciting field and is the first collection of its kind. Comprising over thirty chapters by a team of international contributors the Handbook is divided into five parts: · Being a child · Childhood and moral status · Parents and children · Children in society · Children and the state. Questions covered include: What is a child? Is childhood a uniquely valuable state, and if so why? Can we generalize about the goods of childhood? What rights do children have, and are they different from adults’ rights? What (if anything) gives people a right to parent? What role, if any, ought biology to play in determining who has the right to parent a particular child? What kind of rights can parents legitimately exercise over their children? What roles do relationships with siblings and friends play in the shaping of childhoods? How should we think about sexuality and disability in childhood, and about racialised children? How should society manage the education of children? How are children’s lives affected by being taken into social care? The Routledge Handbook of the Philosophy of Childhood and Children is essential reading for students and researchers in philosophy of childhood, political philosophy and ethics as well as those in related disciplines such as education, psychology, sociology, social policy, law, social work, youth work, neuroscience and anthropology.
Foundations, Contexts, and Practices
Author: Margaret A. Krych
Publisher: Augsburg Fortress
This highly anticipated resource establishes the importance of children's education to the life of today's faith communities. A very readable textbook, "The Ministry of Children's Education presents foundations for education in the faith, explores contexts in which contemporary faith is nurtured, and suggests practical helps for creating programs that work in congregations.