Update: This week’s show is posted, but there is some dead air at the beginning of the program after the intro. Once I got the sound working, I didn’t realize it was working so you can listen to the introduction twice, at least until I have time to edit it. If you fast forward to about ten minutes into the program, you will have sound.
Home School Talk Notes
Join me Monday, August 18 at 1PM CST to discuss news, homeschooling “as it should be” and homeschooling the child with special needs.
Coming feature: The show should soon be available via iTunes. My understanding is that it can take up to a week to be included and may not immediately show up in searches, but I will announce as soon as the show is there.
Last week’s show (8/11/08), available here: Home School Talk, The Gifted Child
I. California Appellate Court ruling regarding homeschooling
The first article I read regarding the decision actually popped up in my feedreader from OneNewsNow, a conservative Christian news site. After summarizing the case, I focused on the closing paragraph of their report.
Farris says groups like the Alliance Defense Fund, Liberty Counsel, HSLDA, and Focus on the Family teamed up and were armed with new information that compelled the court to uphold parents’ constitutional right to educate their children at home. OneNewsNow
From the beginning of this case, I was impressed by the ability of so many disparate groups to work together for one common goal. HSLDA and the three statewide California homeschool associations were even able to issue a joint statement showing their commitment to the preservation of homeschool liberties for all. But suddenly, now that the case is over, the only ones of relevance are conservative, Christian groups? Rather than commending the efforts of California homeschoolers, all recognition goes to a handful of national interest groups. Annoying, and I’m not even from California.
II. The Olympics
In 2004, the US diving team failed to bring home a medal for the first time in 96 years, raising concerns that perhaps the program needed to change. One of the biggest challenges the team faced was the fact that US athletes tend to train part time whereas athletes in other countries train full time. The answer? Homeschooling.
USA Diving established a national training center three years ago in Indianapolis and continued to identify young and talented athletes. Wingfield and Chen started to sell athletes and their families on the idea of training full-time and being home-schooled. JCOnline (original article removed)
For students who see homeschooling as a sacrifice to be made for their Olympic dreams, they seem to be doing pretty well.
My daughter also had a comment on the story, but you will need to listen to the show to hear her (along with her lovely introduction to the show, of course!)
Links for lessons:
Debbie’s Digest, with a variety of links and information
III. An Unschooled Child’s View of School
This was a brief discussion of Kevin Snavley’s essay “Education From the Free Eye,” and included some thoughts on the introduction, which I discussed here last week in A homeschooled child’s view of school.
IV. Gifted education
My guest this week was Susan of Life on the Planet who spoke from her experience homeschooling a gifted child.
If you have questions, comments, show ideas or would like to be on the show, please email my at homeschooltalkshowATgmailDOTcom. Or leave a comment here. Also, if you have any lessons you would like to share or have come across, let me know. I would like to at least occasionally feature lesson plans and unit studies, especially when they are relevant to the news of the day.