LIFE AS A TRAVELING HOMESCHOOLER
Roslyn HEIGHTS, NY
- 417 Roslyn
- ABOUT JENIFER'S
- This is a rare and
perhaps unique view of the current world of alternative education
and homeschooling as seen through the eyes of a
10-almost-11-year-old girl. Jenifer traveled with her uncle Jerry
Mintz, a leading alternative education advocate, on adventurous
trips in the United States and Canada.
- After getting fed
up with problems in the public school system, Jenifer's mother
decided to have her "homeschooled." (They all lived in the same
house, along with Jeni's grandmother, pianist Ouida Mintz.) In
addition to learning at home, Jenifer got to travel with her uncle
to the National Coalition of Alternative Schools Conference in
Virginia; to Montana to help a group start a new alternative
school; to a public alternative school conference at Stanford
University in California; and to meet famed educator Ivan Illich
at a conference in Canada.
- The text, which is
entirely in Jenifer's own words, is accompanied by many
photographs of their travels, taken by Jerry Mintz. and Jenifer.
Her perceptions will have meaning not only to those involved in
alternative education, but also to anyone who has the
responsibility of educating a child. However, most of all this
book is written for children themselves.
- Production note:
The book was typeset by Jenifer's uncle on his home computer.