Thursday, August 28, 2008
HOME SCHOOLING Is not a new phenomenon. Indeed, it has a long history in the United States, from the aboriginal Americans to the first Europeans who settled in the New World. Notable Virginians such as Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, Cyrus McCormick (inventor of the mechanical reaper), and George Wythe (justice of the Virginia High Court) were all instructed at home.
The practice was largely forgotten after the late-19th-century arrival of the European socialist Progressive movement. The Progressives established a tight grip on education, emphasizing the training of obedient, compliant citizens through state-funded schools. One of the measures designed to get students out of the home and into government schools was compulsory school attendance laws -- enacted in Virginia in 1908.
Why don't they target privately schooled children too?
Pasco County teacher Mike Maynard also stood at the podium and told parents their children would receive a better education in public schools - a statement that sent a rumble of angry laughter through the crowd.
How insulting and how untrue.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Read a parents response here.
Get a clue Mr. Maynard you generally don't insult people you are attempting to reach out to if you want favorable results.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Youngest son is a senior in high school this year. He is taking American History at the Community College for dual credit. He seems to be enjoying it a great deal. At home we are studying Western Literature (The Norton Anthology), Geometry along with Mathematical Reasoning through Verbal Analysis and Gardener's Art through the Ages.
Eldest son is a senior in college, so both my boys will be graduating this coming May. One from homeschooling and one from college.
Monday, August 25, 2008
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Local first-grader Connor Bolduc, 6, experienced the first inkling of a coming lifetime of existential dread Monday upon recognizing his cruel destiny to participate in compulsory education for the better part of the next two decades, sources reported
Read the rest here.