May 4th, 2020

Winter Sunlight

Homeschooling

This is a post I've gone back and forth on making to the point where it's probably pretty useless for people now, given that we're almost done with the school year (edit: here in the US - I appreciate the reminder in the comments that the US school year is not universal!).

Anyway, I've dithered about writing it because I have absolutely zero experience homeschooling children as an adult, or in the modern world with computers and email. I don't even have kids! The other reason why I've been reluctant to talk about it is because ... well. You'll see. But basically, I'm the furthest thing from an expert.

The thing is, though, I have a lot of personal experience with it from my childhood in the 1980s and 90s. Basically, my siblings and I were homeschooled for our entire school-age lives. We used a curriculum provided by the local school district - they emailed us packets of material, we did the assignments and sent them back. Alaska had several options like this in the 1980s. We started out doing it through the state, and were kicked out and given to the county [borough] because of my parents' terminal inability to actually give us the work; see below.

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