The Evening Observer is running a Personal connection to homeschooling series. I think this is the first in the series by an early homeschooler in New York State.
The year was 1977. I saw “Star Wars” that year. My daughter was born that year. I never connected the two events until I started thinking about my editor’s request for me to do a story on homeschooling. I homeschooled my daughter for four years beginning in 1984 and I wasn’t sure whether that was going to help or hinder my efforts to write an objective and interesting story.
During research and interviews, the crawler from “Star Wars” kept coming to mind. The time I homeschooled seemed long ago and it might have been a different galaxy.
I am no longer actively involved in homeschooling, but I do have a sense of history about the subject. When I told the superintendent of our school district, Westmoreland Central School (near Rome, N.Y.), of my intention to teach my daughter, he wasn’t quite sure what to do with me…