One of the last articles I expected to see while leafing through the newly arrived AARP magazine (yes, I can get a senior discount) was one about homeschooling, but there it is, on page 13 of the November/December issue.
AARP The Magazine, Washington, D.C., November/December 2006, School’s In
For Laura Carter of Woodland, Washington, homeschooling three grandchildren, ages three to eight, is a family affair. Laura, 55, teaches reading, writing, geography, and botany; daughter-in-law Crystal handles history; and son Terry oversees math and science. She recalls the day kindergartner Leah had a reading breakthrough: “We were playing a phonics game. She sounded out a few words, giggled, and shouted, ‘I can read!’ For a grandma it’s a dream come true.”
The article is a nice one and demonstrates the help that can be gained fromÂ extended family.Â I was happy to read it, until …
But is it good for the kids? The National Education Association’s official position is that homeschooling programs “cannot provide students with a comprehensive educational experience.”
The article continues about what homeschooling proponents note, butÂ once theÂ doubtÂ is introduced, readers may continue to wonder, “… is it good for the kids?”Â
The finish was nice, though.
Roger, Laura Carter, and Alice believe homeschooling brings them closer to their families and keeps the mind and spirit young. “Laura will graduate when I’m 81,” Roger says. “Until then, I’m sticking around.”
The families are continuing their adventure together and you can’t get much better than that.