Milton Gaither has an interesting paragraph in his review of Greg and Martine Millman’s book:
Historians and organization theorists will be very interested in the Millmansâ€™ chapter on Homeschool Groups. It begins by connecting homeschooling to the â€œemergenceâ€ scholarship of John H. Holland, explaining that homeschooling is an unplanned and uncontrolled system of networks built â€œfrom the bottom up by thousands upon thousands of individuals making free choices about educationâ€ who nevertheless coalesce into â€œeducational communtities that are as stable and distinctiveâ€ as the city neighborhoods studied by Jane Jacobs or the leaderless ant colonies studied by Deborah Gordon. The Millmans also draw on the â€œsocial capitalâ€ framework of Robert Putnamâ€™s influential Bowling Alone. They explain how homeschool groups provide rich social bonds of connectivity and reciprocity for their members.
“Leaderless ant colonies,” eh? That might explain a few things.