My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Let me begin by being frank. This book was written by Leigh Bortins, my employer. This means I’m probably somewhat biased, not because I have to say nice things for my boss, but because I work for her because I believe in what she is doing. So, I’m already in agreement with her, that means I probably in agreement with her book.
That being said, I am in agreement with her book–hence the four stars. I probably could’ve given it five stars, but the editing is pretty bad. This was the first book Classical Conversations MultiMedia ever published, way back in 2007. Their editing staff was non-existent at the time; it shows in the book. The lack of editing, however, does not make the book unreadable. In fact, you should read it.
At first, I was kind of distracted by all of the stories in the book. I thought to myself that the stories *might* be pleasant for moms to read, but I wasn’t really interested. I just wanted to hear why she thinks we should give our children a home-centered education. In the end, though, I was glad for the stories.
What I realized was that Leigh did something far better than offering me the logos for home-centered education (I mean than just offering me the logic-based arguments for it). She offered us the pathos for home-centered education (I mean the emotive reasons for it.) Leigh didn’t give arguments for me to contemplate in regards to education; she gave me stories so that I could enjoy home-centered education through her own life and the lives of her friends. The pathos she provided was far more convincing for the homeschooling vs. public/private/Christian schooling argument than any logical arguments she could have provided.
She made homeschooling desirable; she made it approachable; she made it real. I don’t know if this book would be convincing for someone who is opposed to homeschooling, but it certainly would be for someone who was open to it. Good book.