The Best Lessons Are Sometimes Discovered at Home

The Best Lessons Are Sometimes Discovered at Home

An opinion piece by a second generation homeschooler.

I am a second-generation home schooler. I was taught at home in the 1970s and early 1980s; now I write, teach college students how to write, and educate my four children at home.

Three of them, anyway. The oldest one, age 17, is essentially educating himself. He spends his school-day day mornings working largely on his own: reading his American history, writing an essay, problem-solving his way through his advanced algebra, finishing off Emma Bovary or Moby Dick, working on his own original writing, taking long walks between subjects to clear his head.

His learning, in fact, now looks a lot like mine. Read more…

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