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8/31/06 at 11:45am
In the Jane Austen books and movies (suitable for teens)--at least in Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility--the protagonists are homeschooled. In P & P, an upperclass lady tells Elizabeth that, lacking a governess to teach her girls, her mother must have been a slave to her five girls' education, to which E has a thoughtful reply:
``Has your governess left you?''
``We never had any governess.''
``No governess! How was that possible? Five daughters brought up at home without a governess! -- I never heard of such a thing. Your mother must have been quite a slave to your education.''
Elizabeth could hardly help smiling, as she assured her that had not been the case.
``Then, who taught you? who attended to you? Without a governess you must have been neglected.''
``Compared with some families, I believe we were; but such of us as wished to learn, never wanted the means. We were always encouraged to read, and had all the masters that were necessary. Those who chose to be idle, certainly might.''
``Aye, no doubt; but that is what a governess will prevent, and if I had known your mother, I should have advised her most strenuously to engage one. I always say that nothing is to be done in education without steady and regular instruction, and nobody but a governess can give it....''
"The Golden Compass" by Phillip Pullman is a step above and beyond Harry Potter books; just as compelling, but aimed for older children (12 ish) and delves into some chilling aspects of power. It challenges The Church and will definitely be offensive to anyone who is devoted to organized religion. Don't even read it if you are.
I think his whole trilogy is fantastic - The Gold Compass, The Subtle Knife, The Amber Spyglass.