Tyler Cowen linked to my blog last week. It was very exciting because not only does he have a great blog, but he's an economics professor at George Mason University, so I got a bunch of emails from economists about homeschooling. Like, Greg Rehmke, who teaches a course about the economics of space exploration for homeschoolers.
Another thing that comes from being noticed by other bloggers is that I get asked to fill out questionnaires about homeschooling. It's sort of insane, since I've only been homeschooling for two months. But whatever. I am used to acting like I'm an expert in everything. So when I got asked what reading has most helped me with homeschooling, I listed career blogs, because I'm absolutely dying over how to do my job while I'm home with two kids all day (supposedly) managing their education.
I wanted to tell her to shut up. Don't give me more reading. I am very scared to read any books. I'm scared of information. I'm so overwhelmed that I feel like if there is anything else I need to think about, I'm gonna die. I want to at least be able to stick with the plan I have for one week. Which I have not been able to do, by the way. My ideas about not-school keep changing.
But Lisa helps me so much – like when I call from Central Park to say my six-year-old would make more friends in school. She tells me how to look at him and see a vibrant, independent learner instead of a sad and lonely boy. So I feel like I have to do what she recommends in order to be a good mentee of hers.
There is another part of the questionnaire: What groups have been most helpful to you? And I have to say, it is this group. This blog. The community of people reading this blog have been absolutely incredible at giving me the information I am looking for, and having vibrant, conflicted discussion about the topics I am most worried about on any given day.
And now, I'm off to read the Big Book of Unschooling.