- Paperback: 236 pages
- Publisher: Reader's Digest Association; 1st edition (August 1989)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0883490498
- ISBN-13: 978-0883490495
- Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.4 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #724,334 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Better Late Than Early: A New Approach to Your Child's Education Paperback – August, 1989
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I think the author had good things to say and arguments to make, but too dry of a format. Although not necessarily directly related, I have been much more inspired and interested by the literature surrounding the "unschooling" movement lead by John Holt, which much more appealingly argues for early education being optimally home-based.
Another vital dimension to this topic is the uniqueness of each child, which this author touches on but still ends up trying to universalize the particulars too much. A great book which highlighted the importance of recognizing the uniqueness of each child was David Guterson's "Family Matters: Why Homeschooling Makes Sense." I'm sure there are many others, but this book was really interestingly and well-written.
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