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September 9, 2015 - Learning Tangent Magazine's Gail Nelson on Making the Decision to Homeschool

As people head back into another school year, we know a lot of parents across the country are wrestling internally with the fact that, despite growing resistance, Common Core and high-stakes assessments are still very much a part of what's unfolding in their school district. In some cases, parent--including you--may be asking themselves if it's time to pull their kids out of a system dominated by false reforms...a system that is increasingly geared to squelch real teaching and learning, collect and leverage personally identifiable student data, and shunt kids in directions that someone else thinks they should go.

Parents who have long supported public education are no less having to struggle with this question than anyone else. They may be asking themselves if it's time to consider alternatives in order to protect their children. However much we may want to support a system that is appealing to us socially or politically, the risks to our children may simply have become too great to continue doing so.

So, in our recent discussion with Gail Nelson, founder of Learning Tangent Homeschool Magazine, we were curious to know how she ended up deciding to pull her own children out of public school. It turns out she wasn't always a homeschooling advocate. In fact, when her husband first raised the possibility a few years ago, she flatly refused even to consider the idea. What turned her around and what did she have to do to accommodate her change of mind?

Whatever decisions you may be facing, we trust you'll find Gail's perspective and experience compelling, insightful, and inspiring. 

Also, there's something quite adorable to watch for in this segment of the interview. We won't spoil the surprise. You'll just have to watch for yourself...


P.S. In case you missed part 1 of the interview, in which Gail talks about establishing Learning Tangent Magazine and the resources it provides to parents--whether their kids are publicly, privately, or alternatively educated--you can catch it right here.


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