I (David H. Albert) am a homeschooling dad, husband, writer, and storyteller. I'm the author of five books about homeschooling: Dismantling the Inner School: Homeschooling and the Curriculum of Abundance (Hunt Press, 2012), What Really Matters (with Joyce Reed, The Alternate Press, 2010), Have Fun. Learn Stuff. Grow. Homeschooling and the Curriculum of Love (Common Courage Press, 2006); Homeschooling and the Voyage of Self-Discovery (Common Courage Press, 2003); and And the Skylark Sings with Me: Adventures in Homeschooling and Community Based-Education (New Society Publishers, 1999); editor of a book about my Indian parents The Color of Freedom (Common Courage Press, 2005); as well as two books about the uses of storytelling, The Healing Heart ~ Families and The Healing Heart ~ Communities (New Society Publishers, 2003). I write a regular column - "My Word! - for Home Education Magazine, and am a featured contributor for Life Learning Magazine. My work has appeared in scores of magazines and journals worldwide, ranging from Home Educators' Family Times to the Journal of the American Philosophical Society. As founder of New Society Publishers, I was both editor and publisher of John Taylor Gatto's Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling, and more than a 100 other titles. I was also a founding member of Co-op America and the National Association of Socially Responsible Businesses.
I live in Olympia, Washington with my long-forbearing wife and partner Ellen, who works as a hospice nurse. My older daughter Aliyah (25) is an honors graduate of Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, and is now working on a Ph.D. in Musicology/Italian Studies at Princeton University. My younger daughter Meera (22), having completed her M.S. in Accounting at American University in Washington, DC, plays the piano and sings. While the menagerie is now shrinking, my house is also shared with Remy the Welsh Terrier, a nine-year-old rabbit, Echo, who thinks he's a dog, and an American Singer canary named Ugo, and various oddly shaped and/or colored vegetables.
I hold degrees from Williams College, Oxford University, and the University of Chicago, but the best education I ever received I got from my kids. I took up the violin in my 40s and founded a community orchestra (that way they can't kick me out), and took up opera singing at age 52 (I'm not bad!) I am the Board Chairman of an international non-profit organization Friendly Water for the World (www.friendlywaterfortheworld.com) that works with communities all around the world to ensure safe and clean drinking water. So you may find me anywhere from India to Burundi. I invite you all to help out! I am also an active member of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), and moderator of the Quaker Homeschooling Circle.