Homeschool and school: an inquiry into the sphere sovereignty of educational entities

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Kevin R. McClain (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Glenn Hudak

Abstract: The purpose of this study was to reflect on several theories of homeschool advocates regarding the nature of childhood education practices. The study focused on claims made by some who identify as Christian that schools are outside the design God has for society and that parents should directly educate their children in the home. This study utilizes a framework of cosmic relations developed by the Dutch Reformed philosopher Herman Dooyeweerd and central to the school of thought known as Reformational Philosophy. Aspectual Theory provides a structure for examining normative functioning. Sphere Sovereignty is the differentiated rights and responsibilities entities possess based on their cosmic law structure. Aspectual Analysis examines the actualization of normative functioning. Aspectual Theory presupposes that the cosmic law framework enables a plurality of entities to actualize their distinct normative functioning in a mutual supportive way, contributing to an experience of Shalom, or universal flourishing. The cosmic structure of educational entities is theorized and three principles for normative functioning are postulated. The cosmic structure of Family and School are examined. Theories advanced by some homeschool advocates concerning the dysfunction and anti-normative status of schools are critically examined. A unique power, qualified in the Ethical bond of human relationships, is identified as crucial to understanding the educative distinctiveness of others and the possibility of educational institutions.

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Language: English
Date: 2014
Aspectual Analysis, Aspectual Theory, Herman Dooyeweerd, Homeschool, Reformational Philosophy, Sphere Sovereighty
Dooyeweerd, H. $q (Herman), $d 1894-1977
Home schooling
Home schooling $x Religious aspects $x Christianity

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