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Catholic Education: Homeward Bound - Useful Guide to Catholic Home Schooling Paperback – February 1, 1996
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"Hahn and Hasson provide strong arguments backed with solid documentation to reassure the timid and convince even doubters that the best place to educate their children in a Catholic culture today is at home".
- Donna Steichen,Author,Ungodly Rage.
"This book gives practical clothing to the truth that there are as many ways to home school successfully as there are homes in which to school. It helps us place our Catholic faith squarely at the heart of our curriculums. In addition to Kimberly and Mary's helpful advice and resources, this far ranging book also turns to numerous veteran home schoolers for valuable recommendations."
-Laura Berquist, Author, Designing Your Own Classical Curriculum
"This readable book is more than a manual for just home schoolers. For all parents it offers a rich fund of insights on how to provide a proper formation for their children and how to strengthen their families."
Charles E. Rice,University of Notre Dame
About the Author
Kimberly Hahn, a home-schooling mother of five, holds a Master of Arts Theology degree, and is the co-author with her husband, Scott, of Rome Sweet Home;she is also a frequent speaker at conferences on family issues.
Mary Hasson, a home-schooling mother of five, is an attorney who has done graduate work in the theology of marriage and the family. She is a frequent speaker at family conferences, and serves on the Board of the National Association of Catholic Home Educators.
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Top Customer Reviews
In 1996, Catholic homeschoolers already had two strong books - Catholic Home Schooling: A Guidebook for Parents by Mary Kay Clark and Designing Your Own Classical Curriculum by Laura Berquist. The Hahn/Hasson book didn't add anything new to understanding *Catholic* home schooling. It is more of an opinion piece on what methods and resources they like and don't like. Most homeschoolers can get that information from support groups, email, and friends.
Another challenge I had was the lack of acknowledgement of long-standing Catholic home schooling proponents and programs already on the scene for twenty years and more. For new homeschoolers reading this book, Hahn and Hasson may appear to be trailblazers, which they are not. The dismissive and negative attitude toward those trailblazers with different methods and idealogies (especially full-service curriculum providers)was a bit embarassing. I found the ommision of Catholic home schooling history in America to be a distraction.
Finally, the long list of resources, while helpful, had many Protestant materials which were constantly being defended in the text of the book. Each family has to pick and choose what is best. But one has the feeling while reading the book that these mothers have a hard time with those who believe that only Catholic materials should be used in a Catholic education. Perhaps some have given the authors a hard time on this topic.
I am not sorry I read the book, but I am sorry I bought it. I haven't picked it up since 1996. But I lend it to anyone who askes. Something may strike a chord with them.
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