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School for Boys | Paradise Found

Author Holly Robinson (The Gerbil Farmer’s Daughter: A Memoir) has a great essay up on *HuffPo about school and boys and essentially how unsuitable schools are for boys. The author “can’t help seeing school as a necessary evil instead of an inspiration.” Even so, she knows exactly what the perfect school for boys would look like:

Classes would be small and held outside half the time. Boys of all abilities and temperaments would build, paint, draw, take things apart, play computer games and listen to music while reading if they felt like it. If they wanted to write about volcanoes instead of the weather, or study the Civil War in January instead of September, why not let them choose? And, if they wanted to do math standing up or run a few laps between exams, why not?

But, she states:

Oh, wait. Our boys couldn’t do that. That would be breaking the rules.

Actually, I think that’s called homeschooling. Legal, in fact, in all 50 states. Join us, Ms. Robinson! ;-)

*I hesitate to link to HuffPo and have avoided doing so many, many times because they seldom pay their writers. A travesty, don’t you think?

Blog Nod: Becky at Farm School


  1. by Andrea, on August 4 2009 @ 6:57 am


    Darn it, really? I like the HuffPo… I get lost every time I click over…

  2. by paradisefound, on August 4 2009 @ 9:21 am


    I very much like HuffPo, too! I’m just constantly bothered by the no pay aspect and disturbed at how many GOOD writers are willing to give away their time/work/words!

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