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Acton Line podcast: Responding to a Harvard prof’s call to ban homeschooling

Homeschooling is growing in popularity. In fact, the U.S. Department of Education has shown that it’s grown at a rate of over 60% in the last decade, as many families are deciding that educating their children at home is better than sending them to public or private schools. But Harvard University has a different opinion. In Harvard Magazine’s May/June 2020 issue, one Harvard Law School professor calls for a ban on homeschooling, saying it may keep children from “contributing positively to a democratic society.” Kerry McDonald, senior education fellow at the Foundation for Economic Education, joins the podcast to respond.

Read: “Harvard Magazine Calls for a “Presumptive Ban” on Homeschooling: Here Are 5 Things It Got Wrong,” by Kerry McDonald 

Read: “The Risks of Homeschooling,” by Erin O’Donnell 

Read: “All homeschoolers may have to register with the government,” by Rev. Ben Johnson 

Read: “Homeschooling a parent’s choice, not the state’s,” by Rev. Robert Sirico 

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Caroline Roberts

Caroline Roberts is a managing editor at the Acton Institute and produces Acton's weekly podcast, Acton Line.