So… You Want to Be a Homeschooler?


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On this week’s episode: Jamilah, Dan, and Elizabeth debate the pros and cons of learning pods and homeschooling for the upcoming school year. Why are people doing it? Who does it benefit? Who does it harm? Then, for parents who have decided to homeschool their own children due to health concerns, Elizabeth talks homeschooling 101 with two homeschool extraordinaires: Monica Olivera of MommyMaestra and Latonya Moore of Joy in the Ordinary.

In Slate Plus: Allison Benedikt debriefs Dan on her kids’ in-person summer camp experience. Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on MADAF each week, and no ads. Sign up now to listen and support our work.


Dan recommends the board game Betrayal At House On The Hill.

Elizabeth recommends a kid-friendly meditation device called Zenimal.

Jamilah recommends The Kids Are Asleep. Stream the hilarious Slate Live show via Slate’s Facebook or YouTube on Thursdays at 10:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. PT.

Additional Recommendations:

The Latest in School Segregation: Private Pandemic ‘Pods’ by Clara Totenberg Green.

Homeschooling Laws By State

Rainbow Resource Center

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