Should I Join a Co-Op?

Susan Wise Bauer helps you with a question many new home schoolers ask: Should I join a co-op in my area? Her answers may surprise you.


Susan Wise Bauer

Susan Wise Bauer is an educator, writer, and historian. She is the co-author of The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home (now in its fourth edition), and the author of (among others) The Well- Educated Mind, The Story of Western Science, the Story of the World series, the History of the World series, the elementary series Writing With Ease, and the pre-rhetoric series Writing With Skill. Susan was home educated through high school and has taught all four of her children at home. She has a B.A. and M.A. in English language and literature, an M.Div., and a Ph.D. in the history of American religion from the College of William and Mary in Virginia, where she taught writing and literature for over fifteen years.


5 thoughts on “Should I Join a Co-Op?

  1. Thank you so much Susan for posting this video! I have had numerous conversations recently with homeschool moms trying to figure out what co-op they should join. I have been able to share this within my local homeschool community and I hope it is as helpful to them as it is to me as I am mapping out my homeschool journey.

  2. I am just starting out, and this was exactly what I needed to hear – especially the part about missing something. I appreciate your honesty about all things homeschool.

    1. I needed to hear this! I’m so glad I stumbled upon it. We have 4 kids and have surprise twins arriving in the fall. I believe our co-op involvement in the past has been influenced by peer pressure and sometimes has added more stress than relieved it. Needless to say, we are taking this year off and reevaluating!

  3. Absolute Truth!!! co-ops can so easily become dominate force in your school. Make your decisions based on what keeps your family and their needs first.

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