My mother wanted to homeschool me in the early 1980s. Unfortunately, the public school system pushed back really hard and said that homeschooling was only for religious people. “religious nutjobs” I think they said or something like that. They wouldn’t let her do it. But I didn’t know this At 13-14 ish I discovered John Holt and Summerhill in my public library. I fell in love with Summerhill and couldn’t find it around me. This was before the internet was available (about 1985). But I talked to my mom about it and we found a scholarship in a newspaper to a tiny school that I had a slight chance of winning as it was income and essay based and I liked writing. I submitted two essays, was interviewed twice and won, getting out of public and into a k-12 private for my 9-12 years. Graduated with 12 kids. Wasn’t Summerhill but as close as i could find. It was years later she told me she’d wanted to homeschool me in elementary. Had no idea. But it explained why she was so supportive.

My mother wanted to homeschool me in the early 1980s.

Unfortunately, the public school system pushed back really hard and said that homeschooling was only for religious people.

“religious nutjobs” I think they said or something like that.

They wouldn’t let her do it.

But I didn’t know this

At 13-14 ish I discovered John Holt and Summerhill in my public library.

I fell in love with Summerhill and couldn’t find it around me. This was before the internet was available (about 1985).

But I talked to my mom about it and we found a scholarship in a newspaper to a tiny school that I had a slight chance of winning as it was income and essay based and I liked writing.

I submitted two essays, was interviewed twice and won, getting out of public and into a k-12 private for my 9-12 years. Graduated with 12 kids.

Wasn’t Summerhill but as close as i could find.

It was years later she told me she’d wanted to homeschool me in elementary. Had no idea. But it explained why she was so supportive.

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