Family Matters: Why Homeschooling Makes Sense

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"Education begins in the home" - how many times have we heard that well-worn adage from teachers, parents, social workers, politicians? Yet how many have taken it seriously? While David Guterson teaches his neighbors' kids in his high school classroom, he teaches his own at home. With one foot in each world, he examines life at school and the inexhaustible, inspiring opportunities offered by learning outside it. The most important lesson he has to teach is that no matter where education takes place, family matters; homeschooling is just one way ...
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"Education begins in the home" - how many times have we heard that well-worn adage from teachers, parents, social workers, politicians? Yet how many have taken it seriously? While David Guterson teaches his neighbors' kids in his high school classroom, he teaches his own at home. With one foot in each world, he examines life at school and the inexhaustible, inspiring opportunities offered by learning outside it. The most important lesson he has to teach is that no matter where education takes place, family matters; homeschooling is just one way of embodying that neglected truth and reaffirming the bond between parents and their child. Addressing the questions that any parent would ask - "What about your sons' socialization?" "Aren't you abandoning the schools?" "Is it legal?" "How can you afford it?" - Guterson also provides a broader context: the astonishing academic success of homeschooled children regardless of their parents' own educational background, the history of public schools, philosophies of education, what psychological research tells us about learning, and how other societies have handled the teaching of children. He makes concrete proposals for cooperation between families and schools, giving examples of successful programs already begun. Throughout, he evokes the priorities and values that should be at the heart of any discussion of education: family life, individual fulfillment, democracy, community.
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Guterson, a high school English teacher who teaches his own children at home, examines life at school as well as the opportunities offered by learning outside it. He also provides a broader context: the remarkable academic success of homeschooled children, the history of public schools, philosophies of education, psychological research on learning, and education in other societies. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Denise Perry Donavin
"School is so deeply ingrained in us that a call for learning outside of it, without it, can sound as strange as a call for us to try to live without food." Not a religious fundamentalist, Guterson represents another side of schooling outside of institutional walls (although he earns his living teaching within them). He and his wife have kept their three sons out of school because they have felt they could do a better job teaching them. He explains the whys and hows of parental education programs and suggests ways that school systems could and should work cooperatively with such families for mutual benefit.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780151930975
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 8/15/1992
  • Pages: 245
  • Product dimensions: 6.23 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 1.03 (d)

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