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GROWING WITHOUT SCHOOLING 42 Many GWS readers will have gath­ ered that I have had some kind of more or less serious health problem, and now that it seems to be well resolved, let me give a brief report. Early in the morning of Sept. 26 I underwent surgery to have removed from the inside of my left thigh a malignant tumor, which by that time had become quite large. The surgery was completely successful; since the defensive systems of the body had man­ aged to isolate or encapsulate the tumor, my very able surgeon, Dr. Bernie Siegal, was able to remove all of the tumor without having to remove any muscle tissue. By now I am virtu­ ally completely recovered from the operation. As I write this I am visit­ ing Nancy, Bob, Ishmael, and Vita Wallace (Ishmael is at this moment about five feet away, working with great energy, concentration and skill on one of Debussy's very difficult preludes for the piano), in the very hilly town of Ithaca, NY, and with them I have been taking long walks up and down these hills with no ill effects. I have even done a little mild jogging. I expect that within a week or two I will be able to resume the weightlifting which for many years has been one of my staple exer­ cises, and within a few months I should be back in top (for me, at least) physical shape. The experience has been for me at times difficult and worrisome (though never particularly painful) and in many ways very instructive, since I had not been in a hospital since I was a child. I plan to write more about it in the next issue of GWS. For the time being, I want to thank, as best I can, the many people who have helped me during this health crisis and my recovery. Let me begin with my surgeon, Dr. Bernie Siegal (Surgical Associates, 40 Temple St, New Haven CT) who is both a very skillful and conservative surgeon, a strong believer in not cutting out any more than necessary, and a most unusual doctor, a supporter of uncon­ ventional therapies, including medita­ tion and visualization, and of the essential principle that the patient must be the principal active agent in his own healing. Just meeting him for the first time gave me enormous confi­ dence that I was in good hands, and a measure of my trust in him may be that though (by choice) I had only a spinal anaesthetic, along with some kind of muscle relaxer, I slept through the whole operation. Among my friends I am somewhat famous for be­ ing able to sleep anywhere, but this may set some new kind of record. I also want to thank my friends and colleagues in the office, Pat, Donna, Steve, and Ross, who not only carried on very capably with very limited or no input from me, but also helped me in countless other ways in the difficult weeks before I went into the hospital, and afterwards as well. Also my friend, neighbor, and editor Merloyd Lawrence. Also Kit Finn, who along with my office col­ leagues and Mary Van Doren, did the immense job of cleaning up my apart­ ment, a task I could never have done alone, even in the best of health . Kit also had me stay at her house for a few days during my recovery. And thanks to Mary and Tom Maher, whom I also visited for a very pleasant week. Thanks also to John and Stella Boston and to Sally and Bob Shallen­ berg in California, who helped me dur­ ing my visit to the Hoxsey Clinic in Tijuana (of which I will write more) . Above all, thanks to Mary Van Doren, who went with me to the hos­ pital in New Haven, and who for three weeks after I left the hospital, when I could not possibly have taken care of myself, housed, fed, and very cap­ ably nursed me at her home in Quincy, with the help of her husband Mark and Mark's father Jim. I can never thank her, and all of them, enough for all this help, which contributed 50 much to my recovery, and which made me won­ der how people manage to recover from serious illness who, unlike me, are not surrounded by such devoted and capable friends. --- John Holt SUCC ESSFUL DROPOUT From "The Future of Childhood" by Silver Donald Cameron in Home­ maker's Magazine: ... Bud McDougald, the late chair­ man of Argus Corporation, was occa­ sionally asked whether he regretted leaving school and entering adult life at the age of 14. "Biggest mistake I ever made," McDougald said. "I should have left when I was 12." ... HOMESCHOOLER AT COLLEGE From the Texas Home Educators Newsletter, 11/84: ... On August 17, the CHRISTIAN HOME EDUCATORS GROUP OF SAN ANTONIO hosted a workshop for new home educa­ tors in our area ... Many people want to know if it is possible for our children to go to college . We thought the person who could best answer that question was a young lady from this area who graduated at age 15 from her home school and began attending the University of Texas at San Antonio at age 16. She scored so high on her col­ lege entrance exam that she was given college credit for the first semester of English without taking the course. Not only was her information about getting into college helpful to these families, but her enthusiasm was very contagious. Parents were excited to see a teenager so thrilled with the home school experience ... NOTES FROM DONNA . The Big Day: The wedding on Nov. 11 went just as we r.oped - a large, friendly, informal party. Everyone seemed to have a good time, and Frank­ lin and I have enjoyed looking at the photos and listening to the tape of the contra danCing. Thanks for all the notes of good wishes on your letters and book orders' As soon as I finish this issue of GWS, Frank and I will be spending a week on Nantucket as a delayed honeymoon. Plug for YOUNG CHILDREN: NATURAL LEARNERS: Chris Mayou wrote in the HOMESCHOOLERS OF WISCONSIN newslet­ ter, "I wish I could have read this when my two older kids were babies' It really is full of insightful, interesting, and comforting letters from GWS readers ... I found this great thought in a section titled THE DIGNITY OF CHI LDREN: 'Of course chi ld­ ren get in your way, but where are you going?' - great thought when you're setting priorities' If you've got kids under six years of age, even if you think you've read it all, I guarantee you'll find this interest­ ing reading. It would be a good gift, too." Thank you, Chris, for this chance to remind readers about this GWS supplement. The booklet costs $2, or $1.50 each for orders of two or more. Large Conference: Oral Roberts Univers~ty hosted a "National Confer­ ence of Christian Home Educators" in September, and attorney John Eidsmoe tells us there were approximately 1200 paid registrants ($35 each or $50/couple) plus about 500 children. Tapes of the entire conference are available for $35 (address, 7777 S Lewis Av, Tulsa OK 74171). John's Coming Schedule: The only confirmed item at this time is the SPEAKING OUT tv Show in Toronto, Ontario, on Feb. 18, 1985. Of course, we are still continuing the Holt Asso­ ciates Open Houses on the second Thursday of each month, from 6-8 PM. Speaker's Bureau? Since John is interested in lightening his travel schedule so he has time for other things, he suggested that perhaps GWS could print a "Speaker's Bureau" on home education, as a way of encour­ aging others to fill this need. If you would like to speak to meetings, send us your name, address, phone, a brief description of yourself, and any other important information (dis­ tance you're willing to travel, fixed fee if any, special programs you can offer, etc.) --- Donna Richoux CA DISTRICT ADOPTS BUTTE PLAN Peggy Carkeet (CAl wrote: ... This summer Ross and I were preparing ourselves to face the Tuolumne county superintendent of schools to tell him that we planned to homeschool Brent (5), when the supt. announced his "Independent Study Program." He had sent the Depu­ ty Supt. to another county that had a successful program [DR: Butte County - see GWS #411, drew up a proposal and presented it to the county board. We, and two other families, attended the board meeting. Most members were in favor of the proposal. One man was WHAT'S INSIDE - MA drops age 5 proposal: 2 --­ TN law ruled vague: 2 --- Other legal news: 3 --- Organization news: 4 --- Donating to lib­ raries: 4 --- WAY IT SPOZED TO BE: 4 Spicer/daycare: 5 --- T-Shirt: 5 --- Work: 6 --- Teens: 6 --- Return to School: 7 --- Part­ time school: 7 --- Life at home: 7 --- Late readers: 8 --- Special needs: 9 --- Tutoring: 9 --- JH/Fee1ing Stupid: 10 --- Manning/Pros­ perous Illiterates: 10 --- J.P. Takes Tests: 11 --- Summary of Evaluation Procedures: 12 --- Court cases/testing, home visits: 12-14 --- JH/Cautious: 14 --- Easy reading books: 14 --- Writing: 14 --- Tom Sawyer: 15 --- Trave1/ Spanish, French: 15 --- Card game: 16 --- Zoo: 16 --- John Payne: 16 --- Fiddle Club: 17 --­ Music: 17 --- Drawing: 18 --- Cheap Film: 18 --- Book Reviews: 18-20 --- 1985 Directory: 21-29 --- Resource Lists: 29-31

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