Greater Boston Tea Party September 2014 meeting:
The Homeschooling Alternative:
Monday September 8, 7:30PM
Lir Restaurant 903 Boylston Street (Back Bay)
For most of the last fifty years the ranks of parents who decided to take charge of their children’s education grew slowly. But in the new century this growth has started to snowball. In Massachusetts parents are becoming frustrated, first by the oncoming hollowing of standards through Common Core, second by the State’s refusal to lift the cap on charter schools, and third by the expense of private institutions.
There are now thousands of families in Massachusetts who educate their children at home with the aid of inexpensive teaching materials online and with the support of parent groups and homeschooling co-ops. With more blogs focussed on homeschooling, more resources becoming available online, and even with YouTube videos becoming more educational, it’s becoming easier for parents to teach their kids everything they need to know from home. But homeschooling itself invites a fresh way of think about education and the preparation of children for adulthood.
Speakers to the Greater Boston Tea Party on the 8th will be:
Samuel Blumenfeld, critic of public education for fifty years, author of numerous books including “Alphaphonics” and “How to Tutor.”
Patrick Farenga, frequent public speaker and prominent spokesman for the “unschooling” movement founded by John Holt .
Christopher Murphy, private tutor in classical languages and other subjects, and adviser to various city churches on education issues.
Bill Heuer, member of the board of the Massachusetts Home Learning Association (MHLA)
Malcolm Lillie, Western director of MassHOPE (Massachusetts Homeschool Organization of Parent Educators)
The speakers will then form a panel and field questions from the attendees.
Edward W Wagner
Jamaica Plain, Boston