A Harvard University professor has stoked controversy after she compared homeschooling to "authoritarian control," Fox News reports.
Elizabeth Bartholet reportedly claimed that homeschooling violated "children’s right to a 'meaningful education' and their right to be
protected from potential child abuse".
Bartholet said that children are at risk of
being isolated, especially in states where
parents do not necessarily have to
register their children as homeschooled.
This can, in turn, lead to underreporting of cases of child abuse or neglect.
"Teachers and other school personnel
constitute the largest percentage of
people who report to Child Protective
Services," Bartholet told Harvard Magazine.
Bartholet asserted that homeschooling poses a threat to U.S. democracy, arguing that the practice limits children’s exposure to not only democratic values but also community values.
Michael Donnelly, director of global outreach
for the Home School Legal Defense Association,
accused the law professor of being "extreme".
Bartholet’s claims run counter to Harvard’s "recent crusade of 'diversity,' 'inclusion,' and 'acceptance,' " Mebla Pearson, a Harvard graduate, said