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Title: Homeschooling with Gentleness: A Catholic Discovers Unschooling
Author: Suzie Andries
Publisher: Christendom Press, USA
Date Published: 2004
Price: Softcover 8.95
Homeschooling with Gentleness - A Catholic Discovers Unschooling
"Suzie Andres' delightful blend of anxiety, second-guessing herself, trusting
herself, trusting her husband and her faith, is most fetching. It manifests
that she loves God, her family, and books, and for that reason alone this book
is a good read.
She seeks guidance in fine places: St. Therese of the Little Flower,
Aristotle, nature, John Holt, various homeschooling experts, and her own experience.
What Suzie advocates is not for everybody, but it is for those who love to have
their children with them and love to teach them simply through the performing
of the tasks of daily life. They must be willing to cultivate in themselves
the ability to trust the natural desire for learning that God instilled in us
all and to rely upon the grace He so abundantly bestows upon us."
-Janet Smith, Professor of the Michael J. McGivney Chair of Life Issues,
Sacred Heart Major Seminary, Detroit, Michigan and Consulter to the Pontifical
Council for the Family
"Homeschooling With Gentleness is a stimulating book about the possibilities
of Catholic unschooling. It should prove helpful for those seeking to work
with their children while educating them at home."
-Patrick Farenga, Author of Teach Your Own: The John Holt Book of
"Suzie Andres is a graceful writer with a clear understanding of what really
matters. Her management of the religious aspects of homeschooling — and life —
is original, and very, very comforting."
-John Taylor Gatto, Author of The Underground History of American Education
"Suzie Andres' wise and witty little hook is, as billed, a gentle approach to
home schooling. Any reader who comes to this subject with fears will have
them quickly allayed by the bright and positive discussion. You will find here no
brief against the compulsory schools. Rather, home schooling is seen as the
natural way, the basic way, in which children can he taught. Suzie Andres
speaks to Catholic parents who must see their role as a comprehensive one. The
Church has always insisted that the parents are the primary educators of their
children. This little book spells out the implications of that."
-Ralph Mclnerny, Noted Author, Michael P. Grace Professor of Medieval Studies
and the Director of the Jacques Maritain Center, University of Notre Dame
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