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Comprehensive but still not very helpful
on July 18, 2010
I found Cohen's writing to be both comprehensive and easy to follow, but the content of the book was, overall, not very helpful. The clear unschooling/loose schooling bias of the book made it blindingly obvious that those of us who are classical schooling or those who are traditional school-at-home types will simply be far more prepared for college applications and never need to ask half the questions this book attempts to answer. And some of the answers she gives are a bit suspect, like in the section in which parents are advised to dress up their child's interests in "educationese" to workt the system, thus the author advocates (I kid you not) calling hours spent looking at catalogues school under the label "consumer math." Monopoly is mentioend as "math, economics," which is lovely in elementary school, but we're talking about high school here. And (I'm not making this up) SimCity was specifically mentioned as, what was it, social studies???
While the book is thorough and certainly reassuring (if SimCity gets kids into college these days, my boys who have studied formal logic, Koine Greek, etc. will do just fine!) I found it to be lacking. I bought the book as we are entering our last year before high school and my son and I have the philosophy that we should work out the kinks and make our mistakes now before colleges are looking.... but I think I
will be looking for another book on preparing homeschoolers for college as this one really lost credibility with me.