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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding must-have compared to other homeschool books
Forget HOW to homeschool -- what really matters is this beautifully articulated argument for WHY to homeschool. Institutional school is inflicted on generations of Americans in large part because we assume it's necessary to our cultural identity. Guterson makes a cogent, complete, and compelling case that children learn best when their own families take charge, and that...
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not for the international market
I am not sure what the appeal of this book is supposed to be to the non-American market, as its main concern seems to be the inculcation of American Culture without the melee of school. The words America/un-American are scattered liberally throughout the text, often being used as synonyms for good person/bad person.
Although Mr Guterson has a few interesting...
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not for the international market, 7 July 2002
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I am not sure what the appeal of this book is supposed to be to the non-American market, as its main concern seems to be the inculcation of American Culture without the melee of school. The words America/un-American are scattered liberally throughout the text, often being used as synonyms for good person/bad person.
Although Mr Guterson has a few interesting anecdotes, and quotes some good research, these can be found in other places with much more relevance to the wider world.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding must-have compared to other homeschool books, 13 Jun. 1998
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Forget HOW to homeschool -- what really matters is this beautifully articulated argument for WHY to homeschool. Institutional school is inflicted on generations of Americans in large part because we assume it's necessary to our cultural identity. Guterson makes a cogent, complete, and compelling case that children learn best when their own families take charge, and that the cold war between public schools and everyone else must finally yield to a more integrated, cooperative focus on each child's learning (wherever it may take place). Like Guterson, I am both a homeschooling parent and a public school professional -- this is the book I would have written someday if he hadn't already said it all so well. END
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book!, 1 Mar. 1999
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As a Christian I already have biblical reasons for wanting to homeschool. I did however want to get a viewpoint from someone who was not necessarily coming from a biblical perspective. I found this book to be so educational! Seeing the school system through the eyes of a public school TEACHER was refreshing and helped me a great deal in confirming what my husband and I should do for our children. I highly recommend this book for anyone who is currently homeschooling or considering it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Every parent should read this book, 17 May 1997
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Guterson's message is that there is no substitute for parental involvement in a child's education. A great book for all parents, regardless of whether home schooling is of interest.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best book on 'why' to home educate that I've read., 27 Feb. 1998
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No public or private school teacher can equal the 1:1 ratio of a parent-child relationship. Guterson dispels myths about homeschooling being only for eccentrics and religious zealots and addresses the usual questions of 'does your child have any friends?' and 'is your child REALLY being educated?,' as well as issues of legality, the role of public schools in America and how the state school system can be an asset to parents rather than a harassing neighbor. I would definitely recommend this book to the parent that would like to homeschool, but thinks it would either be too hard, too time-consuming or too weird. Plus, he's a pretty good story-teller and this book is filled with amusing anecdotes. (It's only after I bought it that I realized he was the same author who wrote the locally famous "Snow Falling on Cedars.")
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