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“The Girl Who Doesn’t Exist podcast”

(Aired August 29, 2016)

Description: This podcast examines the case of a girl who was raised “off the grid” and homeschooled for most of her life and then leaves her family. It soon becomes clear that her parents’ values and decisions during her childhood have made it extremely difficult for her to live well as an adult. It raises the question: Should parents be allowed to do this? This podcast pairs well with This American Life’s “American Limbo” and also with McAvoy, P. (2012). “There are no housewives on Star Trek”: A reexamination of exit rights for the children of insular fundamentalist parents. Educational Theory 62 (5): 535–552.

Topics/Themes: Autonomy, Homeschooling