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Guest Posting: The RearView Mirror Of Homeschooling:
5 Good Reasons, 5 Great Outcomes,
1 Big Miscalculation


I love DIY “stuff” and in 1976, after Wellesley and before law school, I married an oddly rational man (think Star Trek’s Spock) who whizzed through Dartmouth in 3 years, with honors plus a box of varsity letters, so intersecting marriage, entrepreneurship and homeschooling wasn’t that surprising. But we’re less trail blazers than just the next phase.

My late husband, CMadison and I are from families steeped in church and education. We’re members of the congregation my great-grandparents joined in 1910 and CMadison’s grandfather was president of American Baptist College back in 1936. And as his Uncle James Nabrit argued Brown v. Board of Education with Thurgood Marshall, we were cool with pursuing academic excellence on our own, revolutionary terms. That’s the backdrop to the experiment CMadison dubbed The Nabrit Family Adventure.

What follows are the 5 reasons we chose to homeschool and what we learned from the experience.

Reason #2: Academics

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Reason: Our firm compiles demographic research so we had concerns about U.S. schools and global competitiveness. This was less about intent and more about time (comparative hours of classroom instruction) and academic rigor (it’s tough to compete against an International Baccalaureate Diploma.)

Outcome: a) knowing the requirements for college admission, we developed a “no elective” core curriculum ; b) created a 12-month/6-day a week schedule; c) mandated participation in arts, athletics and community service; d) eliminated cable and video games.