Elizabeth Y. Hanson
I started homeschooling my daughter when she was four, and I quit three days later. That was 20 years ago. I had started because that's what everyone was doing, so I figured it was the right thing to do, and I stopped because I sensed by her response that something was wrong.
She was excited about learning to read: after all, it was something she saw me doing all the time. But after a few days, it was clear she was struggling to understand phonics, and she let me know then that she preferred to play with her brother.
Something was off, and I was determined to understand what. That's how I tumbled deeper and deeper into the bewildering world of children's education. What followed were years of research, mentorship, and teaching as I gradually developed a sound understanding of how children learn best and of the subjects that are worth teaching.
Good fortune led me to meet a man who became my education mentor, John Taylor Gatto. John was the catalyst in my decision to leave a career in medicine in pursuit of discovering the finest methods in childhood education.
My professional training in Traditional Chinese Medicine proved invaluable, because it helped me understand the neurological side of child development in relation to learning, most importantly, from a holistic perspective.
But the biggest influence throughout my life was a renaissance man and classic scholar, my late father, David J. Hanson, who, when asked (and I often did!), could lecture on any one of the many classical subjects.
I've done my research, I now have 17 years of experience, and I'm here to help you avoid what I call the "public-school-at-home" syndrome, by showing you a better way to homeschool.
As homeschoolers, we've got the best shot at doing things differently, of giving our kids a real education.