Homeschooling in the media – again

This morning, as we often do, my husband and I were discussing stuff. “I read an article yesterday in the Washington Post about homeschooling,” I said. “Same old, same old.” I proceeded to describe one of the details. “The daughter, whose parents were homeschooled by their Christian parents, is in second grade in public school,… Read More Homeschooling in the media – again


Back to Homeschool

I wrote this about a dozen years ago, when my youngest kids were just becoming teenagers. While “edupreneurs” and the like looking to tap into homeschoolers as a market have created huge changes in the homeschooling landscape, the slow homeschooling our family and so many others enjoyed is still an available option. Slow homeschooling prioritizes… Read More Back to Homeschool

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