I love this book. It freed me from thinking with the thoughts I was left with from my own high school education. I have used it for 4 of my children, whom we homeschooled K-12, graduating them with more than enough credits and a love of learning. I still have 2 to go through high school and this book is my ever constant companion. It is a big book with a lot of info, but if one can put in a little time, it saves time in the end.
Leslie S.- by your review I'm pretty sure you haven't even read the book, especially since the author explains how the college bound can succeed too.
Will this book be helpful for everyone? No & the author states that fact within the first couple of pages.
However, there are people, who you may have scared off now, that this would be the key to help open their mind to the possibilities that are out there for them.
What you have done is the equivalent of standing in the grocery store, warning people against the nasty broccoli because you didn't like it. Since you don't want anyone else to go through the "horror" of trying it, you stand there, blocking access. Unfortunately, you haven't thought to consider that there are people out there who will like broccoli and desperately need the content that the broccoli contains.
This may not have been the book for you, but I've really got alot out of it & think many people would benefit from it. I especially like how it will work in my large family.
When I first began homeschooling 13 years ago, someone gave me a catalog that had some excellent articles in it. The articles covered maybe 12 pages of the book. I say this because, I feel like Barbara has managed to take those 12 pages of articles and expand them into a couple of hundred pages with no real added value.
If you have access to this book for free, it is worth browsing for ideas, if you don't have access, it is NOT worth the money.
I think the book could be summarized in 3 points: First, you as the parent have the right to choose what classes your child should take. Second, you have the freedom to grant credit for any kind of project or learning experience you wish. Third, there are many ways to learn, it doesn't always require a textbook or exams to show that learning.
To a great extent, I agree with that foundation. Even colleges grant credit for overseas trips they sponsor. And I would say a child who has read every book in the library about WW II is due credit for what he has learned from his reading.
However, if you have a child who is preparing for college, a lot of her suggestions would not provide valid work to give honest high school credit. That doesn't mean you have to use only textbooks for the college bound, but it does mean that the work has to be truly at high school level, not elementary level.
Again, the book is ok for giving some ideas, but really spends a lot of time repeating the same concepts over and over without much additional benefit. I think it is best looked at as a way to choose/create electives for your student, not how to create a true core high school curriculum.
A friend suggested I get this book because I was planning to pull my daughter out of public school and home school high school. I was a bit unsure if it was worth the money or if I would find any value in this book. But, I am so happy I bought it. I have read and reread parts of this book over and over. I have taken notes and looked up other books that were mentioned in this book as well. The most valuable aspect of this book is the organization it brings. I now feel I have a handle on how to home school high school, as well as keep records and follow a plan to stay on track. I have confidence in myself as a mother and as a teacher. It has made me rethink the values I want in my children when they leave the home and I have been reevaluating the importance of just book education vs. learning the basic life skills needed to survive and well as a trade. I love how all aspects of education is brought up in this book and they all have their place in education.