My mother wanted to homeschool me in elementary in New Jersey. She’d looked into Montessori but it was too expensive. When she approached my public school about homeschooling me, they dismissed her saying “oh that’s only for religious nuts”. By the time 8th grade rolled around, I found a scholarship I could get by writing a couple of essays into this private school. I won the scholarship and for my high school, I was in a kindergarten-12th grade school for four years. I really had the best time there. Graduated with 12 kids in my class. Got interested in John Holt, Unschooling, Summerhill alternative school, democratic schools like Sudbury, etc. I never heard of homeschooling for religious reasons until much much later on outside of that one incident my mother told me. I was only aware of the “hippie” kind or the experimental-school kinds. (which I suppose would be called “left wing schools” these days as everything has to have a political tag now for some reason)

My mother wanted to homeschool me in elementary in New Jersey.
She’d looked into Montessori but it was too expensive. When she approached my public school about homeschooling me, they dismissed her saying “oh that’s only for religious nuts”.
By the time 8th grade rolled around, I found a scholarship I could get by writing a couple of essays into this private school. I won the scholarship and for my high school, I was in a kindergarten-12th grade school for four years.
I really had the best time there. Graduated with 12 kids in my class. Got interested in John Holt, Unschooling, Summerhill alternative school, democratic schools like Sudbury, etc.
I never heard of homeschooling for religious reasons until much much later on outside of that one incident my mother told me. I was only aware of the “hippie” kind or the experimental-school kinds. (which I suppose would be called “left wing schools” these days as everything has to have a political tag now for some reason)

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