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- good overview of homeschooling benefits
- compelling arguments that homeschooling is a viable option which is getting more popular all the time
- homeschooling is hard and takes a lot of time and work. I'm glad this isn't sugar-coated
- acknowledgement and overview of available resources, particularly online
- chapter 2 does a disservice by equating general life-teaching vs formal academia. It's not convincing anyone who doesn't already agree and it's bad logic
- chapter 5 is basically a message of hiding your kid at home because you're scared of the dangerous world out there.
Here's the more important score card for me though: addressing the boogeymen.
Homeschooling has 3 big boogeymen that scare other people.
1) it's weird
PRO: This gets addressed early in the book
2) it's for religious nuts
PRO: Religion was addressed here in a personal and non-threatening way
CON: it reinforces the no prayer in school myth. Schools don't prohibit prayer; they just don't promote it or give it special status
3) kids do not get enough interaction with others their age
CON: This book provides next to nothing to combat the perceived isolation and lack of socialization. In a few places it even enforces the idea that you can hide your kid from the scary world and their scary peers.
As an introduction to the subject of homeschooling, this book is not bad but it has room for improvement.
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.
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A homeschooling Beginners Manual by RC Cannon was a pretty good read. The book gives many tips and tricks to homeschooling your child.