motivation

Motivation, Defined

I stumbled across an interesting entry over on Edwahoo’s blog that brought up an issue worth consideration. Here I offer only further thought and reflection, no solutions. The American Heritage Dictionary’s definition of motivation is essentially worthless. Who can make anything out of this: mo·ti·va·tion n. 1. a. The act or process of motivating. b. The state of being motivated.…

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Standards in Education

I do not do this very often, but Spunky, who was so kind in her comment to me, has an excellent post you should read. It is better than anything I had considered writing about today.All of us struggle some with mixed motives in homeschooling. That is part of why I blog. It helps me pause daily to regain my…

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Religion vs. Science?

Howard Hughes Medical Institute hosts an annual Holiday Lecture Series on Science. The topic for 2005 focused on evolution, and several Washington, D.C.-area high school students gathered after the lectures for a panel discussion with the speakers. “I am a believing Christian who totally accepts evolutionary theory,” Father James A. Wiseman, the Benedictine monk and theology professor at the Catholic…

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Working Toward A Philosophy of Education

Someone asked me recently about my schedule and “how [I] get it all done.” To me, it seems a bit presumptuous to answer a question like that. I only have three children, and I’m home all day. I’m not running a farm, balancing a job or caring for eight. But since someone asked, I thought I might take a stab…

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Upon the Subject of Education

Last fall, we walked downtown to drop off my daughter’s paperwork to officially begin homeschooling. It felt strange walking into the Department of Education to say, “No, thanks,” but I suppose that was all in my head. The lady at the desk was quite nice. On the way back to the car, I noticed an interesting quote at the bus…

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