Today and tomorrow I’ll be attending another homeschooling conference. This one is a Northern Virginia group, whereas the last one was for the entire state. Still, there’s enough homeschooling going on around here that even this organization was able to get Susan Wise Bauer as their Keynote Speaker. She is the author of The Well Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home, which is my next homeschool read, for sure.
I also just finished listening to Lisa VanDamme’s lecture, The Role of Hierarchy in Education. Ms. VanDamme runs a school in Southern California which is a model for what I want Samantha’s education to be. Her writings and lectures have taught me more than anything else what a real education should be. At the school’s web site, you can sign up for The VanDamme Academy’s newsletter, Pedagogically Correct, which is a great way to get a taste of what Ms. VanDamme’s method is all about.