homeschooling, reviews

The Family State, 1600-1776

This is a summary of the first chapter of Homeschool: An American History by Dr. Milton Gaither.  Feel free to respond either to my summary or to the chapter itself.  If you post on this chapter, be sure to let me know through a comment or an email so that I can include your post in the thoughts I share…

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higher ed

Is college a waste of time?

Charles Murray, best known for his controversial book The Bell-Curve, begins an essay criticizing higher education in America with a rather provocative premise. Imagine that America had no system of post-secondary education, and you were a member of a task force assigned to create one from scratch.  One of your colleagues submits this proposal: First, we will set up a…

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homeschooling

Need some coffee?

Maybe it is just because I’m supposed to be limiting my caffeine intake, but I’m craving a good cup of coffee right now.  Still, I may have found myself a good person to make my future purchases from eighteen months or so from now when I’m back in the market for highly caffeinated beverages like coffee:  Fatbrain Coffee.   A group…

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education, Germany

“Why would we ever buy a book?” asks principal

What an odd thing for a principal to say. “Why would we ever buy a book when we can buy a computer? Textbooks are often obsolete before they are even printed,” said Debra Socia, principal of the school in Dorchester, a tough Boston district prone to crime and poor schools. Reuters It reminds me of that annoying advertisement for Leap…

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homeschooling

A makeshift education

I was leafing through the Learning Resources catalog when I came across an educational toy I knew my children would really enjoy. I mused for a moment how nice it would be to have the budget I had as a school teacher for extras not part of the standard curriculum before throwing it out. Then I noticed the cardboard box…

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education

A message to the parents of future graduates

Well, it is graduation season again as evidenced by the messages on balloons sold at the mall.  And the number of calls to graduates to appreciate their education and strive to bigger and better things.  I wanted to share some thoughts, too, but this is perhaps directed more at parents, particularly those with children who have not yet graduated. We…

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