November 6, 2012

Farewell to Homeschool Author and Blogger Barbara Curtis

Barbara Curtis was a well known advocate for family values, homeschooling, and children with special needs.

HSLDA is saddened to learn of the sudden death of longtime homeschooling and family advocate Barbara Curtis, age 64, on October 30. A Montessori teacher, mother of 12, and grandmother of 13, Curtis was a prolific author, national blogger, and popular speaker. She wrote over nine books, primarily to encourage mothers. Titles of her books include The Mommy Manual and Mommy, Teach Me.

On Barbara’s blog, she summarized her approach to writing with this line from the 1940s Frank Capra hit, Meet John Doe: “Say something simple and real, something with hope in it.” And her 2009 comment to the New York Times illustrated that philosophy: “Children are a kind of wealth—just not the kind of wealth our society tends to focus on.”

Extensively involved in in the Loudoun County, Virginia, community where HSLDA’s headquarters are located, Barbara has left behind an incredible legacy and an ongoing challenge to carry on her vision of speaking out for freedom, for justice, and for children with special needs. (After giving birth to their own Down syndrome baby, she and her husband, Tripp, adopted three more children with special needs.) She will be deeply missed. We extend our condolences to the Curtis family and pray that God will comfort each member.