Friday, August 29, 2008

Costco & Homeschoolers

Costco wants to know if parents should be certified to teach their children at home.


Thursday, August 28, 2008

Home Schooling's Success Entices

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.

Attempt to increase funding targets homeschoolers

One reason for attempting to bring back children who are homeschooled has to do with to trying to increase funding for the district - a fact that Alexander acknowledged.

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

This doesn't sound like outreach to me

Michael W. Maynard insults homeschool parents who attend Hernando County School District's outreach meeting to homeschoolers.

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

And then there was one .........

One more year of homeschooling left.

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.

Why Homeschool: The Wall Street Journal reports preschool is not for everyone one

Why Homeschool: The Wall Street Journal reports preschool is not for everyone one

Carnival of Homeschooling

Renae's 139th Carnival of Homeschooling is not only full of terrific post but rich in information about the history of Women's Suffrage.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Homeschooling in the news

From the Houston Chronicle Leaving the learning at home - More blacks choosing to teach their own children A positive piece that dispels at least one stereotype. The comments so far, were pretty positive too.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

I Will Survive (the first year of homeschooling) ~ The Video

Natalie Criss wrote I Will Survive (the first year of homeschooling) now the lyrics have been put to music in this great video. I first saw the video at Commotion from the Ocean of Life

6-Year-Old Stares Down Bottomless Abyss Of Formal (Public) Schooling

From the Onion, 6-Year-Old Stares Down Bottomless Abyss Of Formal Schooling.

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.