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Almost five months ago, early June, my wife (I’ll call her K or “Skeptic,” in order to maintain some pretense of anonymity) and I decided to home school our older son (“A” or “SchoolLess”), who is now twelve.

We both teach, for money— high school art in Gatsbyland for K, writing and literature at “The Small College of Big Dreams” in Downtown Brooklyn for me— but would rather be making art (pictures, stories, respectively). We have a younger son, Z our “Smaller Man,” and an old fat cat.  The cat, Abe, and I, Jason, will use our real names.

SchoolLess, though not SmallerMan, took active part in the seemingly-never-to-end-pros-and-cons-this-that-no-school debate.  You’ll be hearing more about that torturous process soon.

Many of the folks whose counsel I sought about all this know me to be a writer by inclination (if in theory more than in practice) and they very quickly moved from a discussion of the relative merits of home schooling to an insistence that I write about the experience.

If a child is home schooled in Brooklyn and the experience isn’t documented publicly in excruciating (loving!) detail, does the kid get any education at all?  Philosophy aside, I have ignored the exhorting crowd— “it’s easy,” “just do it”—long enough.

Ready or not here I come.

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THE HOME SCHOOL STORY

It’s Alive!
The Home School Story

It’s Alive!

Introducing the Blog Itself
“If a child is home schooled in Brooklyn and the experience isn’t documented publicly in excruciating (loving!) detail, does the kid get any education at all?”

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Verging on Hysteria
The Home School Story

Verging on Hysteria

An Amicable Conversation About Home School “Issues”
“So you’ll just tell him that you want to try something new and nutty?”

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Arrested Development
The Home School Story

Arrested Development

A “Truant’s” Story
“Those are things that I could never have learned at ‘real’ school.”

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Youth Referred
The Home School Story

Youth Referred

The Father of the “Truant” Speaks
“Are we bad parents?”

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What Ain’t
The Home School Story

What Ain’t

Mistakes Are Made OR Something Has to Give
“How is it possible to have an over-scheduled home school child? Why aren’t we having more fun?”

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The Rigor
The Home School Story

The Rigor

Curriculum Matters & the Risk of “Other”
“I do not focus on what SchoolLess isn’t getting—some of which is loss, some of which is gain—but on what he is getting.”

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Unity & Coherence
The Home School Story

Unity & Coherence

Some Who Can Teach
“I wonder if he would even remember me, an odd blip of a student, a quietly disobedient boy from another time and place?”

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A Reluctant Blessing
The Home School Story

A Reluctant Blessing

Beautiful Day, Baseball in the Park
“We hit, we pitch, we catch, all three of us, in these moments, unencumbered, fraughtless, and free.”

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Life is Good
The Home School Story

Life is Good

Narration, Looking on the Bright Side, & Other Artistic Endeavors
“I’ve been grieving, not quite rationally, though I am beginning to feel cautiously optimistic that some sense of closure approaches, even as I am aware that the passive nature of this statement may suggest otherwise.”

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Waiting For My Epiphany
The Home School Story

Waiting For My Epiphany

Resolutions, Chronological Disjointedness, a Touch of Assessment, and More!
"I am in a never-ending relationship with interruption, if not the reality of it, then the potential or aftermath."

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