Tom Hoopes is Vice President of College Relations and writer in residence at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas. He has written for the Register for more than 20 years and was its executive editor for 10. His writing has appeared in First Things’ First Thoughts, National Review Online, Crisis, Our Sunday Visitor, Inside Catholic and Columbia. He has served as press secretary for the Chairman of the U.S. House Ways & Means Committee. He and his wife, April, were editorial co-directors of Faith & Family magazine for 5 years. They have nine children.
Some choose home-schooling for its merits, some fall into home-schooling for financial or ideological reasons, and some have home-schooling thrust upon them.
Sally Thomas at the First Things blog reviews a new book by Gregory and Martine Millman who married in the 1980s and planned to lead a “normal yuppie life.”
“How, then, did they come to write a book called Homeschooling: A Family’s Journey?” asks Thomas.
“Two factors intervened in their quest for a mainstream middle-class life, sending them down an unanticipated long-term detour. The first was their decision to live on one income, with Martine a stay-at-home mother to their six children, a choice that put both private schools and neighborhoods with good public schools well out of their financial reach.
“The second was an incident that occurred at their eldest daughter’s inner-city Catholic school.
“Their daughter, a second-grader, had answered a test question correctly, but the answer had been marked wrong. After much wrangling for an explanation from the school, they were told that she had given a ‘fourth-grade answer’ to a second-grade question; that she was ‘not supposed to know that yet’; and that it would be unjust to her ‘less-advantaged’ classmates to reward her for knowledge that they did not possess.”
“By the time we got back into our car,” the Millmans write, “we had decided to homeschool.”
— Tom Hoopes