Hi there, I am new to the forums here and new to motherhood with DD being 8wks! I know some of you may think it's waaay early to think about schooling but I like to be ahead of the curve and I have a bit of convincing to do...
Basically assuming DD and I get along well over the next few years and I feel able to connect with her and teach her well, I want to plan on homeschooling or unschooling. I am familliar with John Taylor Gatto through some podcasts and am convinced that given a good relationship with DD and being able to keep her focused or disciplined as needed then homeschooling or unschooling could definitely be for us.
The problem is DH is does not agree. He believes the "socialization" reasoning for compulsory schooling and his mother was a teacher. She is also against homeschooling, although after talking about her career at length I came to realize she is exactly the type of teacher I don't want my DD to experience! The kind who stereotype, teach/grade, and treat the child based on socio-economic background rather than performance! I'm also not closed to sending her to school if we need to, it's a long way off and too early to decide definitively... however when the time comes I want DH to be as informed as I am and to be able to make the decision with an open mind, not just decide based on what society at large has taught him. He hasn't heard the podcasts I heard and honestly doesn't have time or patience to listen to those as they were about 6-8hrs of JTG talking. He would however read a good book or watch a regular 1.5-2hr documentary....
so the questions are:
1 - What JTG book is best to start with?
2 - What other books/authors would be a good starting place?
3 - What documentaries would be a good starting place?
Thank you for your time and help.