by David H. Albert
Common Courage Press
Not a memoir, not a how-to, not a homeschooling curriculum, but a call to nurture and celebrate the magical uniqueness of every child. By turns gentle and passionate, practical and visionary, Homeschooling and the Voyage of Self-Discovery confronts head-on the anxieties parents may have in setting forth on what can become a life-transforming journey.
"Bristling with lessons for parents of children of all ages, and, perhaps paradoxically, powerful lesson for teachers as well. His approach resists the toxic habit of labeling children, and assumes that every child is an unruly spark of meaning-making energy on a quest for wholeness and competence. At an historical moment when standards are considered a necessary reform, Albert shows us how to uphold standards of empathy, generosity, compassion, and courage." -- William Ayers, Distinguished Professor of Education, University of Illinois at Chicago; Author, To Teach: The Journey of a Teacher
"Encourages and empowers the reader to consider life-changing ideas, to step away from the confines of group-think, herd mentalities, and other schoolish notions ingrained from a tender age. One should be prepared to have familiar and comfortable views and assumptions challenged, poked, and dissected, and to have a few sacred cows neatly skewered. I end up reading his writings with a satisfied smile, ready to roll up my sleeves and get to work. What more could one ask of an author?" -- Helen Hegener, Editor and Publisher, Home Education Magazine
"A master wordsmith, David Albert stands unique among writers of homeschool lore. Don't expect the usual fare from this book: you won't find it. It is as much an invitation to enjoy the journey of homeschooling as it is a fascinating and freedom-encouraging field guide to creativity and success in parenting." -- Marjorie Meyer, Founder, School of Abraham, a Homeschooling Resource for Latter-Day Saints
"David Albert reaches out to every reader as if he is there with you enjoying a cup of tea. Not a methodology, not a structure to incorporate, but a refreshing way of conceiving of things that liberates you to think freely about how to learn with your children." --Sherry Stacy, Olympia Christian Homeschool Support Group