Love in a Time of Homeschooling : A Mother and Daughter's Uncommon Year
"I had always thought of homeschooling as a drastic measure. . . . But when my daughter decided that she would rather hide in a closet than complete her homework, I knew that it was time for me to become a schoolteacher, if only for a little while." After years of watching her eldest daughter, Julia, struggle in a highly regimented public school system, Laura Brodie determined to teach her ten-year-old at home for a year. Although friends were skeptical and her husband predicted disaster--"You can't be serious"--Brodie had visions of one ideal year of learning. The monotony of fill-in-the-blank history and math worksheets would be replaced with studying dinosaurs and Mayan hieroglyphics, conversational French, violin lessons, and field trips to art museums, science fairs, bookstores, and concerts. But can one year of homeschooling make a difference? And what happens to the love between mother and daughter when fractions and spelling enter the relationship? "Love in a Time of Homeschooling" is a funny and inspiring story of human foibles and human potential, in which love, anger, and hope mingle with reading, math, and American history. As today's parents ponder their children's educations, wondering how to respond to everything from homework overload to bullying to the boredom of excessive test preparations, homeschooling has become a popular alternative embraced by millions. Short-term homeschooling is the latest trend in this growing movement. Brodie gave her daughter a sabbatical to explore, learn, create, and grow--a year of independent research and writing to rejuvenate Julia's love of learning. The experiment brought out the best and worst in the pair, but they worked through their frustrations to forge an invaluable bond. Theirs is a wonderful story no parent should miss.
- Paperback | 272 pages
- 147.32 x 210.82 x 27.94mm | 340.19g
- 15 Apr 2010
- HarperCollins Publishers Inc
- New York, NY, United States
"In a world where homeschooling is so often misunderstood, discounted, and even ridiculed, Laura Brodie offers a clear-eyed view and makes a valuable contribution to the literature on the subject. This is necessary reading for anyone with an interest not just in homeschooling but in education generally."--David Guterson, author of The Other and Family Matters: Why Homeschooling Makes Sense