Rick Riordan Was A Homeschooler?

The boys are tearing their way through House of Hades, the latest book by Rick Riordan. This leaves me with time to upload the much-requested longer clips from his talk on Tuesday and to read through his blog. Imagine my delight when I learned that Riordan and his wife decided to homeschool their oldest son.  I don’t know how it all turned out, or how long they homeschooled, but I loved the post where he described their decision to homeschool and how it was going the first few weeks.

Naturally, he had to address the socialization question:

One of the big questions about home-school – the one that always gets asked first: “But what about socialization?” Boy, I fretted about this a lot. Is it enough that he just hangs out with his friends and takes a few classes with kids here and there? Won’t he miss being around his peers all day? And then I stepped back, and started thinking about what people mean when they say ‘socialization.’ Do we mean the typical school environment? Let me propose something radical: Is there anything inherently ‘normal’ about cramming 300-1000 adolescents together – so many that they can’t possibly be supervised – and letting them teach each other how to behave? If that’s what we mean by socialization, I’m not sure it’s a good thing. It’s also a fairly recent paradigm. Education did not always mean huge institutions busting at the seams with children. Well . . . that’s a much bigger debate, but I thought I’d toss out the question.

And this is sweet:

But (shhhhh) the biggest advantage of this experiment so far? I feel connected with my son. I was starting to feel that adolescent “pulling-away,” which is normal and good, I know, but at least now I talk with Haley every day about current events. I read with him, write with him, find out what he’s interested in. Next year, Haley may decide he’s had enough of his parents and say goodbye to home-schooling. If he does, that’s fine. But for the time being, I’m enjoying getting to know him as a student and watching him learn.

Go Rick!

And for all of you who wrote to ask for more video from Tuesday’s presentation in Arlington, I’ve uploaded all that I have.  It was recorded on my phone and I got less than half of it. But here it is, in two parts, both of which hint at why he might have ended up homeschooling.

 

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About Tara Edelschick

Right now, Tara is on sabbatical in Costa Rica. She is sleeping more, and exercising and flossing every day for the first time in her life. She is enjoying her husband, her boys, and Nafisa (the daughter she never had) more than she ever has. And she is learning to rest in the arms of the one who doesn't rank you based on how many things you can cross off your list at the end of the day. Follow her on Twitter@TaraWonders.


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