Beyond us and them

Lately I’ve been recommending Lisa Rivero’s Gifted Education Comes Home to lots of people.  Not just people who think of their kids as gifted, and not just people whose children are not in school or are considering that as an option.  In the course of making her case for self-directed education for her child and others who share some characteristics, Rivero offers insights that turn out to be useful for parents of any child.

Hers is of course not the only publication of its kind to manage such a feat!  The other thing that sets the book apart, though, is that she manages to make her case without vilifying school or romanticizing homeschooling.  She’s simply observing that removing her own child from a traditional schooling situation and curricular track seems to have made it possible for him to fully realize his capacity as a thinker and learner, and that the same seems to have been true for the other children she met in the course of her research.  For Rivero’s case to be strong, she didn’t need to issue any proclamations about inherent problems with school or the damage it might do. Continue reading