1. Carla Wilson

    I agree with your comments Amy! I actually am already on Chap. 2 so I had to go back and skim over Ch. 1. One of my favorite parts was the section Reduction of Reasonable Discourse. Leigh said “If I am not able to read, write, and reflect on issues that define citizenship, how can I teach my children to do so? By not teaching our children the art of learning, we are raising a culture that is unable to engage in reasonable discourse.” This really hit home with me because I have in the past had conversations on blogs regarding public policy or politics and there is no reasonable discourse(most of the time). If you don’t believe or get on the “koolaid” bandwagon you are cursed basically. It is really very sad. I want my children to be educated so that they can make intelligent decisions and be able to discuss and defend those decisions with others….not just drink the “koolaid” that is in fashion at the time!

    • Amy

      Carla, Thanks for reading along and commenting! I agree! I think so much of what you mention–the ability to “engage in reasonable discourse”– depends so much on our kids’ (and let’s face it–the adults, too!) having a grasp of English so that they can truly comprehend what they’re reading , etc. So much of what we do nowadays is blindly follow, whether it’s in educational choices, politics, and even religion, at times.

  2. Amy, I read this book a couple of years ago and have some real issues with the first half of the book.

    I do like her thoughts on memorization, though, in particular the concept of “over-learning” that she discusses later on.

  3. I think she was a little too antagonistic in style regarding public schools and public education in general. I would love to see a homeschool book that I could hand to friends and/or family who work in public schools and they would not feel attacked.

    I liked the second half, though. Here’s my review

  4. Amy


    I hadn’t noticed that too much yet, but I’ve only read the first chapter. Or maybe I’ve been desensitized to it through all my blog reading. 😉 thanks for the link!

  5. Ellen

    As a trained educator, I found myself shaking my head while reading the first chapter because it hit the nail on the head. Compulsory schooling is doing a disservice to children. Many people question my decision to homeschool my children and I like to tell them that I know first hand the many reasons homeschooling is important.
    A few things that stood out to me in this chapter-
    *As a mother of two children under the age of 2, I know how important repetition is in learning new things. This is clearly an effective way to learn, yet as I worked in elementary school, repetition was often not stressed enough.
    *Separating subjects at a small age- I used to believe that this was best for all children because the teachers could teach to their strengths and be of most service to the children. I now realize that children need consistency and teachers need to be well-rounded for the benefit of the child. I also think that schools that allow the teacher to move up with the child are the best types of schools.
    *Tests should be predominantly for students to use as an evaluation tool. Most people just think of tests as a way to pass a class. Actually, many people look at coursework to try to figure out the minimum requirements to pass. Instead focus needs to be on how the instructor can facilitate conversation and projects for the growth of the student.
    *lastly, I found interesting the discussion on our society’s move toward pop culture and being constantly entertained. Neil Postman was right when he said there is no longer a need to ban books because we don’t read anyway. I know many people that say, “oh, I don’t read” like reading is a disease of sorts.

  6. I really enjoyed reading your thoughts on this chapter, and everyone else’s comments! Thanks so much for sharing this with us at Trivium Tuesdays! I’m going to share this with my facebook readers so they can follow along too!

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