Given the headline, I thought this column was about a court trial (depressing read time). But, instead it's a positive piece from a Wisconsin mom who used to view homeschoolers as "xenophoboic." (Xenophobic? No. Individualists. Si.) The columnist's smart but stressed-out pre-teen wanted a break from the "middle school girl culture." (Culture? No. Parochialism. Si.)
Mom and dad were willing to give the daughter a shot at being a self-directed learner; the principal of the public school was a help, not a hinderance; and now Margaret Krome is a believer in Parent Power.
She writes: "The amazing network of home school support groups, study groups, curriculum offerings, special classes and advocates reflects something better than just heads-in-the-sand. It reflects a deep parental commitment to enhance children's learning environments and make an investment in them personally."
That's likely a compliment to the industrious home educators of "Scon Sin."
Perhaps this family will resume the grand experiment in the near future.