I have a confession to make. Even though I have been home-schooling for approximately two decades, I only recently got around to reading this book. The main reason for this is that I have been convinced that home-schooling is “the right choice” for a very long time. I didn’t need further convincing.
However, I don’t believe I should be recommending something I’ve never read or experienced so I took the time to read Chris’ book – because I have always heard it was a tremendous resource, and I have to agree – it is.
For some perspective, the author of Home Schooling: The Right Choice, Chris Klicka, was the first full-time employee of the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) – joining HSLDA after graduating from law school in 1985. He was also its first executive director and first full-time attorney. Unfortunately, Chris was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1994 and on October 12, 2009 he lost his battle with the disease. Chris leaves a legacy to home-schooling that is hard to describe. If you would like to learn more about this pillar of the modern home-schooling movement you can find his story here.
The thing that struck me the most about Home Schooling: The Right Choice is how incredibly researched this book is. Nowhere does Chris merely present an opinion about, for instance, the terrible state of the public school system today. Every point that he puts forth is documented thoroughly. I was also surprised to find that the low standards which are the norm in the public school system are not an aberration. They are actually the result of a well-choreographed plan that has worked only too well.
I would particularly recommend Home Schooling: The Right Choice to anyone who is on the fence about whether to home-school their child, particularly if that child is in the public school system. I also recommend it to home-schoolers who need something to share with family members who are expressing doubts about the veracity of home-education. Not only does Chris Klicka reveal the deficiencies of the public school system but he also documents thoroughly the superior education which home-schooled students are receiving as well as the academic and social achievements of home-schooled students today.
Now that I have shared my thoughts on Home Schooling: The Right Choice, will you take a minute and share with my readers books about home education that you have read and found valuable? Who knows, maybe I will even review those books myself in future posts!Print This Post