education, government

Why we should listen to the president

Like I mentioned yesterday, I will be watching President Obama’s speech to America’s school children with my children later today.  We have little ones around here, so we’ll be using the elementary lesson plans, legal or not. Actually, we’ll be focusing specifically on this question, because it fits perfectly with some ongoing conversations we have been having around here: Why…

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education, government

On Obama’s “indoctrination” speech

Tomorrow, President Obama will speak to the nation’s school children, presumably about setting education goals and staying in school.  At least that is what the White House is saying. This is the first time an American president has spoken directly to the nation’s school children about persisting and succeeding in school. We encourage you to use this historic moment to…

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education, homeschooling

When we begin to wonder…

It has been a long time since I’ve picked up a book that I could not put down.  Perhaps I should be a bit embarrassed by the fact that I finally relived that pleasure of a book read in a single sitting with a children’s book.  Or maybe not.  I have always loved quality children’s literature and its ability to…

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homeschooling

In protest of the modest, secluded life of homeschooling

Apparently, there is a one woman campaign out of Maine to “wake-up” society to the dangers of homeschooling, via Doris Anne Beaulieu and her book The Torments of the Modest Secluded Farm Life as well as her website, Life’s Ultimate Test.  I’ve spent a little time looking for additional information, but unfortunately our library does not carry the book and…

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education, homeschooling, public school

State Board of Ed woes

September 22, the State Board of Education will be conducting its final interviews to replace Doug Christensen as Commissioner of Education.  I personally liked Christensen.  I don’t know what his stance was on home education, but he fought valiantly for Nebraska’s STARS system and resisted education chairman Ron Raikes’ bill to require a single, statewide assessment.  He even had to…

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homeschooling

Back to school…EXPENSIVE

No kidding.  This is what the Lincoln Journal Star says: A national retail survey found that parents plan to reduce their back-to-school spending significantly this year. The survey by TNS Retail Forward said parents on average will spend $506 on school-related items this year, compared to $668 last year. We just finished the last of our school shopping, bringing this…

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education, homeschooling, public school, Uncategorized

Homeschool stereotypes vs. public school realities

This whole exploration of my personal educational history started with a satire piece written over at the Winston-Salem Journal by one Mike Koivisto.  Who won the Write Scott Hollifield’s Column While He is On Vacation or Performing His Court-Ordered Community Service Contest with his indictment of homeschooling through an overdone stereotype.  I began it the only way such a thing…

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