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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Holt Associates (April 1997)
  • ISBN-10: 0913677140
  • ISBN-13: 978-0913677148
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.8 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,707,842 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Scientific American

Linda Dobson's basic premise is that the public school system in this country is based on a false definition of education. We are not educating our children at all. We are conditioning them. Dobson's sources are a complicated blend, but she argues her case for family-centered education effectively.

From The New Yorker

read in a long time...It is a thought provoking and inspiring guided journey into the heart of homeschooling.

More About the Author

Linda Dobson and family began their homeschooling journey in 1985. They were having so much fun together that she wanted to share news of this educational approach with as many other families as possible. She co-founded a local homeschooling support group that now offers support and learning activities to a growing membership. She helped found and for the first two years served as coordinator of the New York (State) Home Educators' Network. Upon creation of the National Home Education Network (NHEN) in 1999 she served as its first public relations advisor as a media contact providing reporters, journalists, and researchers with background information and interviews. She was also Homeschool.com's early years' advisor.
Linda's articles have appeared in dozens of magazines, including Good Housekeeping, but her favorite stint was as Home Education Magazine news reporter and analyst for almost a decade. She still regularly contributes a commentary column, "Notes from the Road Less Traveled," and is acting columns editor. She has authored eight books, and contributed essays and forewords to many more. She has enjoyed diversity in writing, from a children's column for an Atlanta-based alternative newspaper to mail order copy, as well as consulting and market studies for companies such as Barnes&Noble.com and Grolier's. Linda is experienced with the media having provided scores of interviews for radio talk shows, feature stories, including German Public Radio, and publications including The Wall Street Journal, U.S. News & World Report, Reader's Digest, Better Homes & Gardens, and "Live Online" for the Washington Post.
As she became home education's most prolific author and vocal spokesperson, Linda emerged as a nationally respected conference keynote speaker. She has traveled the country, staying in touch with parental concerns and educational approaches across the U.S. and Canada. Formerly a short-term academic tutor for children, she also counseled parents of traditionally schooled children, as she believes that parental involvement is essential to educational success and can occur no matter where a child learns. She was also an online course instructor for Barnes & Noble University.
Believing that modern homeschooling's rich history lives within those who have completed the journey, Linda began the Homeschool Crones Café at ning.com and invited all her old friends to hang out there.
Life isn't all work, fortunately! She moved to be close to Florida's Gulf coast and has started a non-profit volunteer program and a non-profit economic revitalization corporation. Now, she has left all that behind to return to her passion - helping families enjoy and thrive through the homeschooling lifestyle.
To this end, Linda produces Parent at the Helm.com, where parents concerned about their children's education can find information, news, resources, guest commentators, homeschooling start-up information, and monthly book giveaways to help their children succeed.
She's grandmother of three beautiful girls, including a set of twins. She is also engaged to the most wonderful man in the world.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 29, 1998
Format: Paperback
Ten years ago you couldn't find much information written and published on homeschooling much less anyone willing to take a stand against our revered public school system. Low and behold, now comes along a writer and a book who stand head and shoulders above the rest. The writer is Linda Dobson. The book is 'The Art of Education.' This is a powerful book. Don't expect to sit down with it and be entertained. When I finished reading this book I was literally shaking! Right from the start John Taylor Gatto shares his wit and wisdom in the forward. Gatto's comments set the tone for Ms. Dobson's book. Ms. Dobson's book is one whale of a wake up call to our crumbling families and to the lack of education in this country, despite the fact we spend $450 billion a year on our schools. If you value your children you should read this book. It is obvious Ms. Dobson values children and her heart is as big as all outdoors. As the news watch columnist for 'Home Education Magazine' she hears and sees much, if not most, of what is happening out there in education. Her observations and the essence of this book is that many Americans don't know what education is or should be and she's right. Our government monopoly schools are taking us down a path to oblivion and it's high time parents take back their children, their families and their sanity. 'The Art of Education' is very frank writing but the book also gives us hope. In chapter fifteen Ms. Dobson gives us 12 starting points from which to begin our journey of awareness and healing. 'The Art of Education' is a book that should be on everyone's must read list. It's provocative and intelligent. It is sure to shake things up in the education community as well as on the home front.Read more ›
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 3, 1999
Format: Paperback
Well I'm still shaking. I picked this book up at a used book seller, its cover torn and the pages well used. I thought it might be an answer to the impass I feel as a first year teacher. The parent in me feels struck by lightening. The earth has moved and I'm wondering where to go next. Ms. Dobson has certainly changed the view of things in my mind. Her argument is remarkable, powerful, stunning.. I'm practically speechless. I've picked up 4 more books on homeschooling just today and spent 12 hours searching the net in the last couple of days. How can I ever thank you? People... please, please read this book! Our children are at stake.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By teachingourown@juno.com on July 4, 2000
Format: Paperback
I have just read The Art Of Education for the fourth time. This time with a highlighter. I wish that I would have found it before we finished our home education journey. Linda's manages to light a fire in your mind. As a leader of a statewide support network, I will recommend this to all new home educators as a must read.
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