ENTROPY ACADEMY: HOW TO SUCCEED AT HOMESCHOOLING EVEN IF YOU DON’T HOMESCHOOL
BY ALISON BERNHOFT
Homeschooling is a rapidly growing trend in many countries, and even those with children in public school are looking to enrich their education at home. But there are not a lot of leaders to look to for inspiration. Enter Entropy Academy: an inspiring memoir for anyone looking to educate their kids outside of the institution of public education.
When Alison Bernhoft set out to homeschool her six children, her grand plans were constantly derailed by the second law of thermodynamics: Entropy. Entropy happens. It enters our houses, spreads toys and dishes around, creates chaos throughout the day, and―most importantly―steals our time. But Alison discovered that chaos and homeschooling are far from mutually exclusive; entropy can be the best teacher of all.
In this lively memoir, Bernhoft recounts how she discovered that she could train her messy home to do half her teaching, while much of the other half unfolded “entropy style”―in the natural process of everyday life.
Most of all, she shows that anyone―parent, grandparent, or caregiver―can create an environment that encourages constant learning, curiosity, and growth, far from the confines of a classroom.
After graduating from Oxford University, Alison Bernhoft swapped Oxford’s 800 years of history for the modern-day chaos of Los Angeles and an MA at UCLA. Alison’s particular passion lay in making complex intellectual ideas simple, and she utilized every ounce of creativity and problem-solving skills she possessed to teach her own six children, as well as others who found the Entropy-style mix of laughter and serious education irresistible.
After a brief foray into the intoxicating world of public speaking, Alison’s desire to utilize her spiritual gift of exhortation to encourage other parents to find joy and fulfillment teaching their own was curtailed by atypical Parkinson’s. Her voice in the homeschooling community sounds through the pages of Entropy Academy and her blog. Find Alison and Entropy Academy online at entropyacademy.com and facebook.com/entropyacademy.