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    Filed at 3:29 pm under by dcobranchi

    Here’s the first sentence that Izzy was too much of a lady to blog:

    Home-schooling is sort of like a college student’s virginity: People figure it’s a mark of religiosity, but nearly as often it’s just personal taste, or a lack of better options. The majority of families who home-school are conservative Christians, to be sure. But another sizable portion are secular counterculturalists, and then there are the diplomats, foreign-aid workers or those living in the desert or Alaskan wilderness–anyone far from a school. Home-schoolers put their numbers at about two million, the federal government guesses closer to one million, but everyone agrees that the number is growing by 5% to 15% a year.

    All of which means that there are millions of parents buying books for their children’s kitchen-table schooling. And while many of these moms and dads are assigning their children books that would be familiar to school kids anywhere, many are not. A new class of best sellers has arisen–mainly old books, given new life by the Internet, specialty bookstores, librarians and word of mouth. There is no one book they all read, but each camp has its favorites, and some have crossover appeal.

    The piece is fine as far as it goes — I recommend Kenneth Grahame, Arthur Ransome’s “Swallows and Amazons” books, and the “All-of-a-Kind Family” series by Sydney Taylor myself — but its rigid definitions of who’s who in the HE world and what “they” like sure doesn’t indicate much of a tolerance for nuance.

    One Response to “BOOKING ALONG”

    Comment by
    Scott W. Somerville
    September 2nd, 2005
    at 4:28 pm

    Swallows and Amazons forever!