In the new print issue of TIME I take a longer look at homeschooling. A few weeks ago I looked at the contentious issue of sports access in a column – should homeschoolers be able to play public school sports? One of the most interesting aspects of that debate is that homeschoolers are not uniformly in favor of expanding access. That points up the real tensions within the homeschool world as homeschooling evolves. As Quinn Cummings – who has a book on homeschooling coming out later this year – told me:
“There are people who want to separate from the rest of the community, they don’t want to play sports. But that community is about as large as it’s going to grow. That was the first two decades of homeschooling. The families that are coming in now are more likely to say we’re not doing this to limit our opportunities but to expand them. We want to do this and to play lacrosse in the afternoon.”
That’s an evolution with big implications for homeschooling and public education, the article looks at how it’s playing out.
Are you ready for some football? Final speaker line-up for for the “What Can The NFL Teach Teachers” event at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. Domonique Foxworth – he’s an NFL free agent cornerback and member of the NFL Players Association Executive Committee – will join Tim Daly from TNTP and Brendan Daly from the Minnesotta Vikings for the event. It’s open to the public, Monday 4/2 from 5:30 – 7 at HGSE. Among other topics we’ll look at how the NFL has combined a unionized work environment with a focus on performance and you’ll see actual NFL video and how coaches and players use it to learn and refine technique and a discussion of how that informs the increasing use of video in education.