Homeschooling, Socialization, and Me


When it comes to homeschooling, the two issues people seem to be most concerned about are academics and socialization. In yesterday's post I talked about academics, and in today's post I will address socialization.I was homeschooled from kindergarten through high school. For that entire period, the kids I interacted with regularly were almost universally the children of my parents' friends. Because my parents' friends were, like them, white, middle class, evangelical homeschool parents, my … [Read more...]

Homeschooling, Academics, and Me


When it comes to homeschooling, the two issues people seem to be most concerned about are academics and socialization. In this post I will talk about academics, and in tomorrrow's post I will address socialization. My mother was a stay at home mom, and when I reached kindergarten age, she just couldn't stand to send me off to school. She'd heard of this new thing, homeschooling, and figured it'd be hard to mess up kindergarten. How hard can it be to teach a kid her letters and numbers, after … [Read more...]

More Gendered Advertising—Sigh

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I've talked before about gendered advertising. I want to take a moment to give some more examples. First, there's this:Because English and history are for girls, but calculus and physics are for boys. Duh. And we wonder why boys disproportionately go into STEM fields while girls disproportionately go into the humanities?Here's another: Barnes & Noble has book collections for boys and girls.Here are the overviews for the two collections:Because action, … [Read more...]

Forward Thinking: What Do We Owe Our Parents?


I’ts that time of the month again! Head on over to Camels with Hammers to see Dan’s roundup of the posts written in response to his prompt on punishment and moral failures two weeks ago, and with that said, it’s time to turn to our next Forward Thinking prompt.Nearly two weeks ago, an article on Slate asked an interesting question: When terrible, abusive parents come crawling back, what do their grown children owe them? This got me thinking. Given that one of the ten commandments orders child … [Read more...]

Purity Rings: Marian’s Story

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A Guest Post by Marian of Values from ScratchOne day in 11th grade my English teacher assigned us a writing exercise in which we were to come up with five poems about everyday objects.  I think we’d been reading William Carlos Williams, specifically “The Red Wheelbarrow.”  I love to write, but I hate poetry, so it was difficult for me.  As I cast my mind about for objects special enough to write poems on (completely missing the point of the assignment) my eyes fell on my purity ring, always s … [Read more...]

Homeschool Reflections: Correcting Deficiencies

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A Guest Post by Rae The local Christian school was too expensive, the nearest private school too far away, the public school too depraved, and the Catholic school too, well, Catholic. So when I was six years old and legally required to be enrolled in some kind of formal education, my parents decided to homeschool.Up through about sixth grade or so, this was a good experience - my parents enrolled us in private music lessons and community swim lessons. We had plenty of friends through our … [Read more...]

Homeschooling as a “Choice” v. Homeschooling as a “Cause”


A comment on this last weekend's Homeschool Reflections installment, left by a reader named Gary, perfectly echoed something I've said before. Emily, you present a happy and well-thought-out home-schooling experience. I’m very grateful to Libby for giving you this forum for posting. You exemplify something I have said for a long time: there’s a difference when homeschooling is a CHOICE and when it’s a CAUSE.We home schooled our eldest daughter for two years, and found the results similarly sati … [Read more...]