How to Desire Differently: Home Education as a Heterotopia (2015)

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Harriet Pattison, How to Desire Differently: Home Education as a Heterotopia, Journal of Philosophy of Education, Volume 49, Issue 4, pages 619–637, November 2015

DOI: 10.1111/1467-9752.12130

This article explores the co-existence of, and relationship between, alternative education in the form of home education and mainstream schooling. Home education is conceptually subordinate to schooling, relying on schooling for its status as alternative, but also being tied to schooling through the dominant discourse that forms our understandings of education. Practitioners and other defenders frequently justify home education by running an implicit or explicit comparison with school; a comparison which expresses the desire to do ‘better’ than school whilst simultaneously encompassing the desire to do things differently. These twin aims, however, are not easy to reconcile, meaning that the challenge to schooling and the submission to norms and beliefs that underlie schooling are frequently inseparable. This article explores the trajectories of…

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