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We are all teachers

We are all teachers

Whether we homeschool or not, we are all teachers. ⁣ In raising and educating my disabled son, I have struggled to find that fine line between doing school at home and doing life in the world.⁣⁣ It's a never-ending conversation I have with myself: Teaching versus...

Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed Learning

I was always a model student. I loved school, and I loved being a student. I still do. I love being a scholar with my pen scribbling fresh notes on innovative topics that challenge me.⁣ ⁣ While teaching, I enrolled in a certificate program. It was held twice a week in...

The Necessity of Deschooling

The Necessity of Deschooling

I am ableist and racist, and deschooling is my rehab.⠀ ⠀ As children, we grow up trusting that what adults tell us is right and good and true. We absorb what we hear and what we see. We accept it as fact.⠀ When things feel a little off, we learn to suppress those...

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Learning Through Trauma

Learning Through Trauma

I cried myself to sleep each Sunday night of the third grade.  I was a newcomer to the school where the only other people I knew were my brother and a childhood friend—both not in my class.⠀ In a split 3/4 class where I was among the youngest students, I felt...

Home Education as Personal Rebellion

Home Education as Personal Rebellion

I often say home education is my personal rebellion against the systems that oppressed individuals like my son for centuries.   Unschooling, in particular, is a resistance to all oppressive institutions, including those that oppress marginalized communities....

Why Do You Care About Homeschooling?

Why Do You Care About Homeschooling?

To stay the course in anything we do, it's always a good idea to ask ourselves why.  Why did we choose this? Why did we want to do this in the first place? When we connect with the "why," it keeps us motivated to keep going.⁣ ⁣ I challenge you to go one step further...

Learning Through Trauma

Learning Through Trauma

I cried myself to sleep each Sunday night of the third grade.  I was a newcomer to the school where the only other people I knew were my brother and a childhood friend—both not in my class.⠀ In a split 3/4 class where I was among the youngest students, I felt...

Home Education as Personal Rebellion

Home Education as Personal Rebellion

I often say home education is my personal rebellion against the systems that oppressed individuals like my son for centuries.   Unschooling, in particular, is a resistance to all oppressive institutions, including those that oppress marginalized communities....

Why Do You Care About Homeschooling?

Why Do You Care About Homeschooling?

To stay the course in anything we do, it's always a good idea to ask ourselves why.  Why did we choose this? Why did we want to do this in the first place? When we connect with the "why," it keeps us motivated to keep going.⁣ ⁣ I challenge you to go one step further...