J.B. Blackford

Refine. Hone. Distill. The self is a text, too.

Homeschooled: Ready or Not for College

It’s easy to tell when the back-to-school-season hits Pittsburgh. There are people milling about everywhere, city neighborhoods choke on cars, and locals discuss long check-out lines until someone says, “Well, … Continue reading

August 22, 2014 · 2 Comments

6 Questions for a Hippie Homeschooler: An Interview

A good friend and previous colleague of mine, Shannon Johnson, recently began homeschooling her eleven-year-old son, Zion, and her approach is radically different than anything I’ve experienced. In six questions, … Continue reading

April 27, 2013 · 3 Comments

Consider the Con: Obstacles to Homeschooling

On the topic of homeschooling, I’ve already covered some basic requirements and structure. I’ve also used my own experience to illustrate elements of homeschooling that I feel are essential for … Continue reading

January 9, 2013 · Leave a comment

Homeschooled (and not THAT weird).

Between holidays, an influx of editing projects, and needing catharsis with my post about gun violence, I’ve dropped the ball a bit on the homeschooling series I promised. Each time … Continue reading

December 28, 2012 · 4 Comments

Once upon a Homeschooling Story…

Such a large portion of almost every American’s life is education: We do the mandatory baker’s dozen of school years and increasingly go on to undergraduate, post-graduate, and sometimes even … Continue reading

December 11, 2012 · 5 Comments