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Why don't more African Americans school their children at home? By many accounts, there is every reason to avoid public schools, with their low academic expectations for black children, their general avoidance of black history, and their reputation for violence and negative peer pressure. The reason may be found in the opening pages of Freedom Challenge, a collection of es ...more
Hardcover, 316 pages
Published May 23rd 2007 by Lowry House (first published January 1st 1996)
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Sumayyah
Oct 04, 2011 rated it it was ok
What this book IS:
- a collection of essays by African-American parents who have homeschooled
- a collection of essays by the African-American children who have been homeschooled.

What this book is NOT:
- a guide book
- a list of resources
- a support system

My impression is that this collection of essays, written in the 1990s, is skewed toward the middle class. There are mentions of families traveling out of the country, building sailboats, visiting professional jewelry making studios, taking music le
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Anna
Dec 08, 2009 rated it really liked it
A collection of essays written primarily by Black homeschoolers and their parents. I enjoyed it very much. I was intrigued with how many of the parents specifically mentioned that racism in the schools wasn't one of their main reasons for homeschooling. For others in the book, it was, of course. I especially liked the transcription of the WHO forum at the end.

It was also a nice reminder of how different the choice to homeschool must have felt before hot and cold running internet!
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Grace Llewellyn taught school for three years before unschooling herself and writing The Teenage Liberation Handbook at the age of twenty-six. She has since edited Real Lives: eleven teenagers who don’t go to school and Freedom Challenge: African American Homeschoolers, and written Guerrilla Learning: How to Give Your Kids a Real Education With or Without School (with co-author Amy Silver).

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