What’s Up in Homeschooling

A month or so ago, Craig sent me a link to this piece that ran on the Today show about unschooling. I was ready to be irritated by it, but it’s a fair and balanced picture of what unschooling looks like. The family the segment focuses on is very typical of what I’ve seen in unschooling, and the woman Matt Lauer interviews, Robyn Silverman, speaks knowledgeably and with a considerable amount of poise given how weirdly hostile Lauer is in his questioning. (Is he always like that? I really wanted to mute him.) Anyway, worth your time if you would like to understand unschooling a little better.

Speaking of unschooling, they’ve revamped the Growing Without Schooling website. There are some free materials there patrons might be interested in, and GWS is just an important part of homeschooling history.

Jason found this article about African American homeschoolers. This is a growing segment of the homeschooling population, and I think this article does a nice job of capturing what makes it unique. If you’re interested in learning more about African American homeschoolers, I can’t recommend¬†Morning by Morning: How We Home-Schooled Our African-American Sons to the Ivy League by Paula Penn-Nabrit highly enough. It’s one of those books that changed the way I think.

Abby the Librarian wrote a piece for the ALSC Blog about her Back to Homeschool Party, which I think was a fantastic idea. Abby’s really dedicated to homeschoolers, has been doing great programs for them for years now, and posts regularly about it (and a lot of other useful things) on her blog. If it’s not on your blogroll, you should add it.

And, for fun, Jules sent me this. In the event of a zombie apocalypse, I would totally team up with a homeschooler.


  1. momster
    Posted November 16, 2011 at 10:55 am | Permalink

    Lauer is really at his best in “fluff”pieces.

  2. Posted November 16, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Permalink

    Love that you (and the webster library) support homeschooling! Thanks for the info. And the zombie comment made me laugh :)

  3. adrienne
    Posted November 16, 2011 at 7:48 pm | Permalink

    Just when I think no one has the same interests as me, someone comes along with a zombie apocalpyse-homeschool connection like that. This is why the Internet is My People.

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