Ph.D., University of Rochester, Educational Thought and Policy
J.D., University of Ottawa, Faculty of Common Law
M.S. Ed., Niagara University, Intermediate and Secondary Education
B.A. (Hons.), University of Ottawa, History/International and Comparative Politics
Comparative law, public educational authority; children’s rights; private and public school law; public education policy; custodial authority; the aims of education in liberal democratic societies
CURRENT RESEARCH PROJECT
The Challenge of Children's Rights for Canada
Ten years after Canada ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), psychologist Katherine Covell and political scientist R. Bryan Howe (2001) published a comprehensive overview of laws and policies affecting the welfare and developmental interests of children and an assessment of the extent to which Canada had fulfilled its commitments.
Twenty-five years after Canada ratified the UNCRC, the time is ripe to reassess the extent to which Canada has met its obligations to children. The Challenge of Children’s Rights for Canada (2017) will accordingly feature an introductory chapter, an overview of the content of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, an account of the moral and legal status of children in Canada, an overview of the substance of the rights to provision, protection, and participation contemplated by the UNCRC, and an assessment of the extent to which Canadian governments have fulfilled their commitments to children in the past quarter century compared to other signatory states.
RECENT AWARDS AND HONOURS
Kluge Fellowship, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. (2013)
As Coordinating Author
Imber, M., van Geel, T. Blokhuis, J.C. & Feldman, J. (2014). Education Law, 5e. New York: Routledge.
Imber, M., van Geel, T., Blokhuis, J.C. & Feldman, J. (2014). A Teacher’s Guide to Education Law, 5e. New York: Routledge.
Academic Journal Articles
Blokhuis, J.C. (2015). “Student Rights and the Special Characteristics of the School Environment in American Jurisprudence,” Journal of Philosophy of Education 49 (1), 65-85.
Curren, R. & Blokhuis, J.C. (2011). “The Prima Facie Case against Homeschooling,” Public Affairs Quarterly 25(1), 1-19.
Blokhuis, J.C. (2010). “Whose Custody Is It, Anyway? ‘Homeschooling’ from a Parens Patriae Perspective,” Theory and Research in Education 8(2), 199-222.
Blokhuis, J.C. (2008). “Channel One: When Private Interests and the Public Interest Collide,” American Educational Research Journal 45(2), 343-363.
Research Review Essays
Blokhuis, J.C. (2014). "Taking Rights Seriously? On Realizing Educational Rights, by Anne Newman," and "The Special Characteristics of Schools as Ethical Environments: On Understanding Student Rights, by Bryan R Warnick," Educational Theory 64 (6), 649-660.
Blokhuis, J.C. & Williams, M. (2013). “A Most Unusual Review for a Most Unusual Book: Disrupting the School-to-Prison Pipeline,” Theory and Research in Education 11 (3): 311-316.
Blokhuis, J.C. (2010). “Write These Laws on Your Children by Robert Kunzman,” Theory and Research in Education 8(3), 322-326.
Blokhuis, J.C. (2008). “Faith in Schools? Autonomy, Citizenship and Religious Education in the Liberal State by Ian MacMullen,” Theory and Research in Education 6(3), 365-73.
COURSES AT RENISON
SDS 131R: Social Ideas, Social Policy, and Political Practice
SDS 210R: Children’s Rights in Canada
SDS 215R: Education and Social Development from a Global Perspective
SDS 431R: Radical Ideology and Social Policy
SDS 405R: Cosmopolitanism