Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Obviously a parent cannot know everything there is to know about the different curricula choices unless they are happily delusional. So we all naturally begin to turn to reviews. They can be tremendously helpful, but only if they are written in a helpful manner.
Explicit information detailing why something was successful or a veritable disaster for your family can be tremendously helpful to the next family. I have gleaned more useful information from negative reviews of curriculum than from the positive ones. Negative review people tend to rant about what specifically they did not like. This is the kind of information that may reveal whether or not the product is the perfect fit for your child.
My most successful purchases have resulted from seeking out negative reviews of a product so that I can actually get a feel for whether or not it will "work" for our family. Beginning the process of sorting through the myriad of curricula options tends to make one feel trepidation or perhaps even hysteria. So, I beg those writing reviews, please be detailed in your praises and complaints. Give us the information that we will need to make informed decisions for our families. But if all else fails and we purchase a program that is an "unmitigated disaster," then one of the ultimate gifts of homeschooling kicks in. We have the freedom to throw it away and try something new.