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The Year of Learning Dangerously: Adventures in Homeschooling Hardcover – August 7, 2012
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"The Year of Learning Dangerously recounts Quinn Cummings's hilarious crusade to find the best educational path for her daughter. Reading her outrageously entertaining observations not only makes me want to homeschool my (nonexistent) children, but it also makes me want to be Quinn's best friend. A must-read."
—Jen Lancaster, author of Bitter Is the New Black and Jeneration X
“A hilarious, friendly companion to charm and entertain parents and educators, whether they homeschool or not. Honest and direct, Cummings is willing to tell all of her experiences: not just the happy sunshine moments, but the brutal realities of educating and raising children.”
—Lydia Netzer, author of Shine Shine Shine
"If you think homeschooling is crazy, this book might just change your mind. If, after you've read it, you think Quinn Cummings is crazy, you might be correct. Lucky for us, she's the kind of crazy that manages to be insightful and hilarious all at once."
—Alice Bradley, co-author of Let's Panic About Babies!
"In The Year of Learning Dangerously, Quinn Cummings dares to go where few parents have gone before. Her adventures in homeschooling are fascinating, loving and most of all hilarious. This book is a great gift to parents and the people that wonder what make them tick. I loved it."
—Julie Klam, New York Times bestselling author of You Had Me at Woof
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Here are my thoughts:
Cummings is truly, truly hilarious. She writes extremely well, she is candid, and she tickles your funny bone in that Tina Fey sort of way. I thoroughly enjoyed the way she wrote.
She is insightful, I really loved her thoughts and probing into homeschool culture, history, and motives.
I also enjoyed the simple fact that her writing style was mature and easy to follow. You really get sucked into her book and her endless creative comparisons and similes.
Lastly, by the end of the book you have a thorough, honest overview of her ups and downs with homeschool. Instead of sugar coating things, Cummings is extremely honest about her questioning, the difficulties, and some of the awkward run-ins you have with people who can have such strong opinions about the choices you are making for your child.
I was raving about this book and would easily have given it 5 stars until I got to the section where she starts going to the conventions. I fully believed when I read about the first convention that she truly was interested and moved by the Radical Unschoolers, crazy as they seemed. However, by the time this self-proclaimed feminist was traipsing across the country to dabble with and dress like Fundamentalist Homeschoolers, Gothard, and Homeschool Prommers under the guise of truly being interested or intrigued by their passion or whatnot, I started to doubt her motives.Read more ›
'As our habits evolve, it won't be home schooling as we've known it, but it won't be brick-and-mortar schooling, either. I call it "roam schooling." Imagine that your high-school junior spends half of every day at the brick-and-mortar school up the street. Two afternoons a week, he logs into an art-history seminar being taught by a grad student in Paris. He takes computer animation classes at the local college, sings in the church choir and dives at the community pool. He studies Web design on YouTube. He and three classmates see a tutor at the public library who preps them for AP Chemistry. He practices Spanish on Skype and takes cooking lessons at a nearby restaurant every Saturday morning. Is this home schooling or regular school? Who cares? He's learning.'
As presaged by the title, her writing is quite irreverent, punchy, and witty yet well researched and highly informative. With her development of the concept of Roam Schooling, she helps me better understand my own family's efforts to integrate the strongest and avoid the weakest aspects of home, online, public, and private schooling for both of our boys.Read more ›
There are plenty of witty moments, ones all of us who homeschool can relate to. But shortly after the opening few chapters, I started to have mixed feelings about the book.
What bothered me is this: While exploring some of the different homeschooling styles, she seemed to purposefully seek out minority fringe groups rather than looking into what typical homeschoolers do. For example, the entire unschooling chapter was about radical unschoolers… at a convention, no less. Why cover radical unschooling but not unschooling, which is far more common?
She also had a tendency to gloss or even skip over points in order to be clever and funny. Her overview of classical education was more of a caricature than reality. She couldn't finish reading The Well Trained Mind to see the big picture? Okay, fair enough; it is a massive text. But why not visit the Well-Trained Mind message forum instead? Or seek out local classical homeschoolers and ask what they do on a normal day?
It seemed as if she was looking for the most outrageous examples of homeschooling approaches. What was the overall point of doing so? Shock value? It certainly doesn't seem like she bothered trying for a fair representation of typical homeschoolers.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a funny, yet informative book on the exploration process when beginning homeschooling. Finding your tribe and how homeschooling can work for you can be quite an adventure!Published 3 months ago by Julie Shirley
This is not a book written for homeschoolers, which is probably why I was unimpressed. The author is clearly embarrassed to identify as a homeschooler, and the book reads like a... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Bookish and Proud
I can't imagine that this book will be helpful to anyone. The author continually disdains learning for herself and other adults, pointing out over and over how shallow and... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Wendy
I wish Quinn Cummings would do nothing but write books. I love everything I read by her, including Facebook posts, Tweets and blog posts. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Elaine
I love this book. It is a wonderful, personal story that asks and answers all of the questions I have about homeschooling. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Geeky Mama
Although I've been homeschooling my children for 11 years, I share Quinn's constant battle of wondering if I'm doing enough and doing it right. Answer: No and no. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Camille Di Maio
This is one woman's story of the year she and decided to homeschool her daughter. This was a great read, Quinn Cummings and I definitely don't see eye to eye on everything, but I... Read morePublished 22 months ago by mathmom