Viral Learning

Published by Lulu, August 2007
ISBN 978-1-4303-1217-8
trade paper, 6″ x 9″ • $15.95 US
ebook • $6.25 US

Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction: The Making of a “Famous Homeschool Author”
  • Learning From My Education: Scenes From a Life in Schools
  • On Reading: Or, Infinite Parallel Universes
  • On Writing: The Advantage of Having Something to Say
  • It’s My House!: So Why Can’t I Make All the Rules?
  • Accountability: Let’s Just Blame the Patient
  • Duh.: What Homeschoolers Have Known for Years
  • Happily Ever After: The Joys of Ambiguity, Doubt, and Uncertainty
  • Moving Beyond the Movement: Why Homeschooling’s Not Enough
  • The DIY Society: Home Improvement Is Just the Beginning
  • Appendix: The Group Hug
  • Further Reading

From the Introduction:

Now that active homeschooling was coming to an end for our family, I found myself pondering its long-term effects: How different am I from the person I would have been if I’d not been a homeschooling parent? How have my interests and values changed because of our kids learning at home? How are my kids different from their peers?

Suddenly, after all these years, I realized there was another homeschooling book in my head. But this book isn’t another guide to how to homeschool, nor it it meant to help homeschooling parents survive the empty-nest syndrome.

This book is personal. it’s a reflection on how I (along with a few of my friends) came to homeschooling, how it affected us and our view of the world, and how those changes in us may spark changes around us.