Jay Matthews writes in the Washington Post: “When it gets too bad, a family may pull a child out of school to let everyone calm down and see whether another approach can be found. The pause in schooling doesn’t usually last long. The student reads on his or her own for a while — something he or she likes to do — until the parents find a different school or a new year begins with new teachers better tuned to different rhythms.
“You might call this a kiddie sabbatical, a break to recharge batteries and reassess values. It isn’t the same thing as long-term home schooling. The strain on parents is short-term. In the Internet age, it is often possible to work at home for a few months. I have found no data on this, but we could be seeing a trend toward sabbaticals for the young and restless.”
Matthews references Laura Brodie’s new book “Love in a Time of Homeschooling: A Mother and Daughter’s Uncommon Year,” and quotes from Home Education Magazine.