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What Matters?Ethnographies of Value in a Not So Secular Age$
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Courtney Bender and Ann Taves

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780231156851

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231156851.001.0001

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Homeschooling the Enchanted Child

Homeschooling the Enchanted Child

Ambivalent Attachments in the Domestic Southwest

(p.179) Homeschooling the Enchanted Child
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Rebecca A. Allahyari

Columbia University Press

This chapter explains how homeschooling generates a sense of “enchantment” within the family, specifically in parents. While marrying and having children often results in increased church attendance, not all spiritual searching takes place in religious congregations. Several studies suggest that homeschooling reveals a rise of “questing for enchantment” within the family. In an interview, a mother stated that she appreciated the half-day Family School program because it provided her quality family time with her family, in contrast with the traditional school system. Parents who are involved in homeschooling often spoke of the joy they encountered in their time with their children, saying that entrance in ordinary schools have seemingly stolen the bond of the family.

Keywords:   homeschooling, enchantment, spiritual searching, Family School program, quality family time

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