Holly Korbey has written journalism, essays and fiction. Her journalism work in education has appeared in The Atlantic, The New York Times, and as a regular contributor for KQED’s MindShift. Her essays on parenting and family have appeared in BabbleThe Nervous Breakdown, the travel essay collection How to Fit a Car Seat on a Camel, published by Seal Press. She was founder and editor of the blog Parents for Educating Texas. And her fiction, which has won her honorable mentions from both the Glimmer Train and Texas Observer fiction contests, is probably best encapsulated in this McSweeney’s short short.

Holly grew up in Evansville, Indiana, where her dad was a junior high history teacher and her mother was a floral designer, certified balloonologist (more to come on this one), and costume designer. She attended Webster Conservatory for Musical Theatre in St. Louis and worked as a singer/actress/dancer in New York City, her most worthy theatrical accomplishment being the Broadway National Tour of the Carousel revival that won 7 Tonys. (She will still sing “You’ll Never Walk Alone” – not the Elvis version – upon request.)

After more than a dozen years in New York City, she moved to Dallas with her family, and quickly became the center of a firestorm over kindergarten redshirting based on this essay, afterwards appearing in Newsweek, The Daily Beast, on Fox and Friends, and finally being interviewed by Morely Safer, alongside Malcolm Gladwell, on 60 Minutes to talk in detail about why she sent her five-year-old to kindergarten.

She now lives in Nashville with her husband and three boys, where she writes and blogs about education, and is currently working on a novel about a high school musical production that goes horribly awry.

Check out Holly’s work here, and contact her here.

3 thoughts on “About

  1. Nice piece at Motherlode today. Homework, Part II to come next week on Motherlode…and then I finally get to stop writing about it! I can’t wait to read your next piece. Best, and well done,

    Jess Lahey

  2. Hey Jess! Thank you so much, I really liked yours, too. My father was a junior high history teacher for 40 years, and I think his thoughts on homework were similar to yours. Looking forward to the next installment!

  3. Holly Korbey,

    You escaped Dallas for Nashville. Educating and Texas are not words that come to my mind in the same hour, notwithstanding the reputation of Greenhill Academy. I know nothing of you or your work. Your comments on 60 Mins are spot on, for which you (and your offspring) will catch endless grief. Children of the culprits will express the displeasure of the parents (for you) via their interaction with your children. Get ready. No good deed….But surely you know this.
    Nonetheless, kudos to you for standing up and being heard. 60 Mins, sadly, failed to ask what most journalists ask…WHY? What is in our culture that triggers this behavior. More on that later. And 60 Mins only hinted at the damage this parenting does to the children they hope to protect – which cascades.

    John Lewis

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