So who’s Hollyfeld? And why are we chasing him in this blog?

To answer that, we’ll have to return to a simpler, happier time – a time when William Atherton confidently strode the Hollywood landscape, when Val Kilmer hadn’t yet donned his Iceman helmet, when the very concept of gifted education was still in its infancy, in fact. We’re going all the way back to 1985, when a film called Real Genius burst – all right, tiptoed – onto the landscape, and showed every gifted kid in the country who they wanted to grow up to be: Chris Knight.

No matter where you lived, Chris Knight seemed to come from somewhere other than around there – and in the end, he ended up fascinated with someone possibly even more intelligent than himself. Into closets, down elevator shafts, along amusement-park ride rails – Real Genius took us everywhere, it seemed, in search of brilliance. Here in our house, we’re chasing that ideal – of giftedness as something worthy of ongoing study, rather than something to be taken at face value – and what better effigy to use than the enigmatic genius who lived in Chris Knight’s closet?

And who are we to be telling you about what we’re doing? Just two parents trying to do it a little differently. Kathy’s a part-time physician; Dave’s a consultant and author. We have three children – a profoundly gifted eleven-year old daughter, E; a twice-exceptional highly gifted eleven-year old daughter, H (yes, they’re twins); and an exceptionally gifted nine-year old son, A.

Together, we’re going after a combination of a few ideals we’ve both read about and loved deeply – Equally Shared Parenting, the Center for a New American Dream, the future of learning, and gifted homeschooling. Combine the these, and you get a position Kathy likes to describe as ‘off the grid.’ What you’re going to get here probably isn’t what you’re going to get from most gifted or homeschooling sites; we’ve got a little bit of a different perspective on things.

Hope you like it.

4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Lisa Hake on September 3, 2013 at 10:56 am

    Just had to leave a comment as I read your blog today, shared by a friend from the Nashville area. We are moving back to Colorado, in part because of Patty. She is our voice of reason too. My 9 yr old daughter is way up there on the gifted scale (no formal testing yet) and has lots of intensities. We began homeschooling last year and it was tough. I have a Masters in curriculum and instruction and it is tough. But like you said, we needed to do this for her. No classroom fits for her. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I am excited to have found your blog.


  2. Posted by Annie on October 17, 2013 at 6:47 am

    I enjoyed visiting your site this morning; a friend forwarded me an awesome cafe press thingie w/your URL on it – I found you guys, but I cannot find the shirt at cafe press (zombie apocalypse/homeschooling one). If that’s still available, please e-mail me that link (I am tempted to plagiarize and make my own shirt there using your phrase, and don’t feel great about that – I wish I thought of it myself, a person gets so many questions over the years about “why” we aren’t using traditional schools).


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