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Freedom Challenge: African American Homeschoolers Paperback – January 1, 1996
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The contributors are 20 families who span the globe, including one military family of six that takes its homeschool on the road to Japan and another that lives on a boat in a co-op community in a Sausalito, California, harbor. While the book primarily focuses on African Americans, it includes two multiracial families. The stories--some written in first person, others in a question-and-answer format--are frank and revealing. One essay deals with the issue of racial politics when a black homeschooling network is challenged by an Asian family entering the group. Editor Grace Llewellyn, a white former teacher who has written two other books on home education (Real Lives: Eleven Teenagers Who Don't Go to School and The Teenage Liberation Handbook: How to Quit School and Get a Real Life and Education) closes with a helpful list of books, magazines, and other resources primarily aimed at multicultural homeschoolers. The combination makes this a rare, mandatory read for anyone who falls into either category. --Jodi Mailander Farrell
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Freedom Challenge is a compilation of interviews of parents and their children who have chosen home schooling and achieved remarkable results. The parents give the reasons why they chose this alternative after having gone through negative results in the public and private school sectors. These individuals share a diverse background of education and vocation. At some point in time they discovered that the schools were failing them and decided to do something about it. The young adults, teenagers and younger children share their experiences in going through home and public schooling. Their sensitive insight and enjoyment of their present schooling affirms the need for such an education that empowers them and their parents.
Schooling has become a political football as the country debates about vouchers, testing and holding teachers accountable. African American parents need to consider what is in the best interest of their child. Homeschooling may be the answer. This book can serve as a catalyst for you to make such a critical decision in your child's education.
Although the interviews were informative and the parents views enlightening I felt that the text didn't provide the parent with enough information about the process of home schooling. What curriculums are available that are Afrocentric in nature for a family to follow? How do African American children compare with their white counterparts who are also home schooled?Read more ›
Concerned parents used to make a big splash and raise a fuss, and do all the things that "involved" parents always do. But when the child comes home from school and the parent has to essentially teach them a whole day's material in order for the child to complete their homework, that's a tall order. On top of everything else a family has going on in the afternoons after school, then the parents have to take the whole evening and re-teach the children.
The children aren't dumb. Something is wrong in the schools.
So involved parents are doing the smartest thing -- they are starting to say, "Something is wrong. Even if this situation at the school starts to change, it will be too late for my children."
Parents have to try something new. Homeschool. Unschool. We can do this.
Another good book you should read, to learn about the ins and outs, is John Taylor Gatto Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling, 10th Anniversary Edition. Also Teach Your Own Teach Your Own: The John Holt Book Of Homeschooling.