4/25/2020

Two steps forward, one step back?

Harvard University stated via Twitter that they would be hosting a pro-homeschooling virtual conference in response to pushback from homeschoolers following their promotion of the ideas and conference of Harvard Law Professor Elizabeth Bartholet.

Corey A. DeAngelis Tweeted 24 April 2020 "Harvard's Kennedy School is officially hosting an event to counter the Law School's conference attacking homeschooling. Title: 'The Disinformation Campaign Against Homeschooling' I'm speaking at the event May 1st."

 


DeAngelis is an adjunct scholar at the Cato Institute and is "director of school choice" at the Reason Foundation.  He is also executive director of the Educational Freedom Institute.  

DeAngelis and ChoiceMedia colleague Bob Bowdon have produced a video (too long/didn't watch) which he says they "... discuss how the coronavirus pandemic is impacting all areas of education. We examine and challenge Harvard Magazine’s “Risks of Homeschooling” feature, which is full of anti-homeschooling propaganda, and discuss Harvard Law School’s upcoming anti-homeschooling conference. We also discuss the views of conference organizers, including law professor Jim Dwyer, who claims “the reason parent-child relationships exist is because the State confers legal parenthood,” and Harvard’s Elizabeth Bartholet, who calls for “a presumptive ban” on homeschooling."

DeAngelis' virtual conference seems more like evidence of faculty disagreement (some academic freedom still exists at Harvard?) than any effort by Harvard as an institution to create or maintain advocacy balance. 

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