In this beautifully written narrative, Brooke Benoit shares with her readers the anguish, tears, fears, relief, triumph, and joy she experienced throughout her journey in homeschooling her children. Her sisterly and loving advice seem to spring straight from the bottom of her heart as she lays out her mistakes and struggles and realizations. Refreshingly raw and moving, this book is akin to having Brooke sitting right in front of you and chatting with you in person. It’s a much needed reminder for mothers to prioritize self care for themselves especially…
Western modernity has many upsides, but it also has a downside: it channels all students into the same developmental path. That’s not how people actually are. Some of us should not be railroaded into college. We should take alternative paths: toward being stonemasons, shepherds, brewers, artists, costume designers, diesel mechanics, landscapers, weavers, electricians, plumbers. All of these are professions that demand a high level of skill and a great deal of training. They can also pay very well. But the exit lanes that lead from our usual high-school-into-four-year-college interstate toward those alternative destinations are poorly marked, and (too often) littered with road blocks: chief among them, parental disappointment, and social stigma (vo tech as the “stupid” track).