Novelist, short story writer, poet, journalist, and essayist
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- We should recognize that schools will never solve the bedrock problems of education because the problems are problems of families, of cultural pressures that the schools reflect and thus cannot really remedy.
- "When Schools Fail Children: An English Teacher Educates His Kids at Home", Harper's Magazine (November 1990)
- The status quo was rote memorization and recitation in classrooms thronged with passive children who were sternly disciplined when they expressed individual needs.
- Family Matters: Why Homeschooling Makes Sense (1992), Ch. 5: "School, Home, and History", p. 109
- Accident ruled every corner of the universe except the chambers of the human heart.
- Snow Falling on Cedars (1994), Ch. 32, last page.