Are homeschoolers prepared for life?

Are homeschoolers prepared for life? That was the sweeping question addressed at the May 20 installment of “Post-Pandemic Future of Homeschooling,” a web conference presented by Harvard Kennedy School’s Taubman Center for State and Local Government. I have a standing appointment on Thursdays when sessions are held, so I only tuned in for the second… Read More Are homeschoolers prepared for life?

Review: Tara Westover’s “Educated”

I’m definitely late to the party, but I’ve finally read Tara Westover’s memoir “Educated.” I’d been avoiding it for a few reasons. One, the tiresome narrative of extreme-homeschooling-experience-with-autocratic-father seems to dominate most popular mainstream books and movies about homeschooling. Two, friends who know me well warned me that the story contained a sadistic, abusive older… Read More Review: Tara Westover’s “Educated”

Building a kinder, more just homeschooling community

In this extraordinary time, I’ve been thinking hard about issues of racism, inequality, sexism, classism, ageism, homophobia, and intolerance. Part of that has been wondering how these “isms” affect my communities. In 2011, my two youngest kids were founding members of the Boston Area Homeschoolers’ Queer Straight Alliance (BAHS QSA for short). Their very first… Read More Building a kinder, more just homeschooling community

Slow homeschooling and my 2020 graduates

The COVID-19 crisis has pulled homeschooling into the forefront of the news. As shuttered schools transfer curriculum online, families are left to administer virtual education while many deal with grief, job loss, income reduction, spikes in anxiety and depression, and other challenges. Established homeschooling families know that homeschooling by choice bears little resemblance to the… Read More Slow homeschooling and my 2020 graduates