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You might note that the headline below says “10 Great Books…” and I only included 7 in this clip. I didn’t want to give it all away.

You really should go to her website to read the whole post. Click the headline link to get there.

10 Great Books for Homeschooling Parents

We live in a time when there’s no shortage of great reading options for home educators. I’m incredibly grateful for that because that’s exactly where we turned when we began homeschooling. We turned to our local library and researched diligently to prepare for our journey. Since then, I’ve continued to turn to books for homeschooling parents for encouragement, further learning, […]

explaining to 9-year-olds

The Story of Two Buses

By Gary North

Your son asks you a question. “What are those two buses, Daddy?” You tell him that they are two very different kinds of buses. ” How are the different?” he asks. You explain that on the first bus are prisoners who are being taken to jail. On the second bus are students who are being taken to school. “But how is that different?” your son asks. That’s what I’m asking, too.

You tell your son that the men on the first bus are required to get on that bus. Then your son asks you if the students on the yellow bus have a choice in the matter. You think about it. […]

post post-graduate school

Off the Grid Tired Attending Memorize and Obey School? Try The Make School.

from myeclinik.com

Conventional school system lags behind the advancing industry, shifting norms and its services are too costly for the average household.

In US alone, the total student loan burden has reached $1.2 trillion and rising, covering 40 million Americans.

What made this whole thing a scam is that it would take some good long years working under meager wages to be able to pay the principal loaned amount and its corresponding compounded interest.

While this may make good business sense to the banks, certainly that’s not the case for the student-victim.

These facts frustrated one MIT student to dropout from college in order to […]

Home Education Inspires a Love of Learning

Real Heroes: Homeschool Parents

from Foundation for Economic Education

by Lawrence W. Reed

The hero in this story is not any one person but rather nearly two million Americans — moms and dads who go the extra mile and who, often at great sacrifice to themselves, are rescuing children in a profoundly personal way. They are the homeschoolers, parents who give up time and income to directly supervise the education of their children. They teach, they arrange learning experiences within their home and elsewhere in cooperation with other parents, and they inspire an appetite for learning.

Of all the ingredients in the recipe for education, which one has the greatest potential to improve student performance?

No doubt the teachers unions […]

big spender on public schools

I wrote, published and used the article below as part of my election campaign for Idaho Governor in 2006. Nine years later I’m looking smarter and smarter.

But the electorate put their Xs next to the R … hmmm does “R” stand for “Rather not think about it”?

Butch the R just signed a bill for $125,000,000 worth of public schooling. If I did that the first reaction would by hilarity. Most of us sign a bill expecting to pay it. But even Mr. Moneysponge, who actually could pay it, has absolutely no intention of contributing even a penny of it. Nope. He signed it FOR YOU. You, your friends and neighbors now owe that money.

Lemmesee, Idaho housing starts […]

Who is raising the children?

It used to take a village to raise a child. That is obsolete. Now the central government, mainstream media and other children of the same age do the job.

As well-depicted in Lord of the Flies, youngsters don’t do a good job of raising kids of the same age. Yet our society segregates its children by age from 5-years-old until adulthood. No big brother’s nearby to bonk the bullies on the head. No neighbors to help head off bad behavior. No older kids to steer younger ones away from stupid moves.

One quarter of their formative years passively accepting and regurgitating lessons purported to be true and valuable. Another quarter passively absorbing flashing images and scripts from one of the […]

How old do you expect to be when you stop learning?

Put another way, when will you know as much as you are ever going to know?

Are you smarter than average? Smarter than 90% of the rest? 99%?

Is your generation significantly superior to the prior one?

Did something amazing happen to 2,000-year-old genetics in the last 30 years?

The obvious answer is that wisdom and knowledge can grow with age. The Elders are potentially a great resource and repository of lessons learned by generations, or centuries of human existence. I use the word “can” because the masses choose to not expand their knowledge. Mass media is owned by 6 corporations. Six CEOs agree on theme, content and objective. 99% of the information presented follows their guidance.

The USofA […]

Inherent Defectiveness of Public Schooling

Jacob G. Hornberger from the Future of Freedom Foundation The Washington Post reported yesterday that an outgoing superintendent of public schools in Montgomery County, Maryland, Joshua P. Starr, is lamenting the short tenure of school superintendents. Starr took the job of school superintendent in 2011 and is now leaving because he failed to garner the support of the local school board.Starr stated, “I think the expectations for the superintendent can be not aligned with reality sometimes. People want to see dramatic improvement quickly. The expectation that a superintendent can do it alone I think just doesn’t work well. And we also have to comply with the accountability regs from the state and the feds.

Unfortunately, all too many believers in […]

independent learning

from Wired .com

The Techies Who Are Hacking Education by Homeschooling Their Kids

A couple of weeks ago, I wandered into the hills north of the UC Berkeley campus and showed up at the door of a shambling Tudor that was filled with lumber and construction equipment. Samantha Matalone Cook, a work-at-home mom in flowing black pants and a nose ring, showed me around. Cook and her family had moved into the house in April and were in the middle of an ambitious renovation. “Sorry,” Cook said, “I didn’t tell you we were in a construction zone.” A construction zone, it turns out, that doubles as a classroom.

We walked into the living room where Cook’s two sons, Parker […]

the state of THE STATE

I am grateful to those with the intestinal fortitude to sit through the propaganda fest performance by the liar in chief. I get as much as I can stand by reading and viewing the responses. The primary lesson one should take away from this show is what the rulers have in mind to do to us in the near future.

Thus the main value is to plan for whatever favorite usurpations the ruling parties propose. Unless outrage from the masses is particularly threatening, whatever he said is exactly what they will do.

Take adding two more years of government schooling to everybody’s formative years for example. Their mouthpiece has been trying this idea out on audiences lately. The minders […]

uneducated, illiterate, barefooted, gun-toting hayseeds

by Vin Suprynowicz

Has it really been five years — Thanksgiving of 2009 — since I posted a “readers respond” column under this headline?

For those who’d like another gander at what passes for reasoned, well-documented debate among the defenders of today’s mandatory government youth propaganda camps, I believe it’s still posted at http://www.vinsuprynowicz.com/?p=374 .

I had the chance to vote “No” for more government-school bond sales — and ongoing taxation to retire them, with interest, of course — last month. Take yourselves hence, therefore, and do likewise.

“But Vin, while we all admit the public schools have their flaws, won’t you work with us to try and reform them?”

No.

Sixty-plus years of “reform” runarounds — of which the […]

adult ed class: preparedness

I am offering two classes for the Darby Adult Ed program this fall. Pre-registration officially lasts through Monday, September 22nd. If there are 7 or more registered, the class will take place.

One is a 2-hour short course called “Radio Communicating Options“. It covers walkie-talkies to HAM Radio with primary focus on emergency communications. It runs from 10-noon on Saturday, September 27th.

Related, but a separate subject, the next 9 Saturdays will have study groups leading to HAM licenses if there is enough interest.

Here is what the flyer says about my big fall class:

Being Prepared The Boy Scout motto is just at least as valid now as it ever was. Nature and man have a way of […]

rotten core

Common Core Programs a Child’s Brain Like a Computer By Mack Rights from The Bunker

I’ve been thinking more and more about that video on Common Core math that was posted on The Blaze recently. It was an interview with a grammar school teacher in Williamsville, NY- one of the really nice suburbs of Buffalo. Quit with the giggles, there really are nice places around Buffalo. Go Bills.

You can see the video below. The second video is how to do Common Core subtraction, but it’s so ridiculous that the news lady cuts the teacher off in mid thought. In the first one, the teacher teaches the reporter the Common Core Math method of adding 9 and 6. Rather […]

modern homeschooling

Homeschooling: The Kid Likes It (and Mom and Dad Have Homework Again)

“Oh, you’re doing that, too?,” the building contractor asked when he walked in while my son was working on his Literature lesson. “My youngest daughter is taking high school online. They were bullying her at school.”

While he undid something interesting my wife had done to the garbage disposal and then measured for book shelves, he added, “It looks like she’ll already have her freshman year finished in December.”

Just weeks after signing on to home-based schooling, and two days into formal lessons, we’re running into a fair number of kindred spirits who also opted out […]

homeschool help from Ron Paul

Opt-Out of Common Core, Opt-In to The Ron Paul Curriculum Written by Ron Paul Sunday June 22, 2014

Oklahoma recently took action to protect the state’s children from the federal education bureaucracy by withdrawing from Common Core. Common Core is the latest attempt to bribe states, with money taken from the American people, into adopting a curriculum developed by federal bureaucrats and education “experts.” In exchange for federal funds, states must change their curriculum by, for example, replacing traditional mathematics with “reform math.” Reform math turns real mathematics on its head by focusing on “abstract thinking” instead of traditional concepts like addition and subtraction. Schools must also replace classic works of literature with “informational” texts, such as studies by […]

student loan scam

 

 

Wall Street pockets $1.4B on Taxpayer-backed Student Loans

February 26, 2014. New York. After the economic crash of 2008, Americans were given a crash course on how their economy works. One of their horrifying discoveries was that the federally-funded student loan agency called Sallie Mae was actually a for-profit Wall Street corporation. Hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars intended for America’s students were being pocketed by global millionaires and billionaires instead. That was supposed to change. But has it?

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Predatory taxpayer-backed corporate loans to students didn’t taper off in 2010 like most Americans thought. Image courtesy of the St. Louis Federal Reserve.

What is Sallie Mae?

Until 2010, Sally Mae was little more than a massive financial […]

Further on the College Scam

by Ayn R Key

There are many reasons why someone being tens of thousands of dollars in debt for a degree in Women’s Studies is symptomatic of the problems with higher education, or indeed all of education, in the United States. This goes beyond the problem of trying to steal the cause by emulating the effect and is actually a problem with education itself.

The biggest problem with higher education is that it is trying to achieve conflicting purposes. Some say that higher education is for enrichment and enlightenment, to teach people how to think and to create a broadened perspective. If that is true, then a higher education is a luxury item, and not one that a person should […]

Reflections on Education

Editorial By Tibor Machan

Public education is nearly a fixture not only in this country but nearly everywhere in the Western world. It is pretty much agreed by most concerned parties that children need to be placed into school, starting around age 6, and kept there to be provided with schooling – for public school teachers to instruct – until they reach around their 18th year of life. Some have dubbed this the “12-year sentence,” but most of the public, not to mention those who are members of the educational establishment, find it quite acceptable, if at times in need of some upgrading.

While the fundamental issue of whether there ought to be such a system is rarely […]

what did you learn in school?

HEY YOU.

Yes, YOU out there.

This is a serious question.

I want you to answer for yourself.

What did you learn in the 4th grade that you

A) still use today and B) wouldn’t have learned another way?

Oh. So the public school system STOLE a year of your life for nothing.

Let’s try again.

What did you learn in the 8th grade that you still use today and would not have learned another way?

Oops. Another year of your life stolen by the government school near-monopoly.

One more try.

What irreplaceable thing did you learn in the 2nd grade?

Real educators can teach reading and writing to an interested person in a few months.

Real […]

create your own website

Building and operating your own website is easier now than ever. The tools continue to evolve in power and in their accessibility to the non-geek market.

There are a few ‘secret handshakes’ and tricky bits to getting started, but in four easy lessons, I can have you comfortably running a website of your own, on your own.

The classes are every Thursday in March from 2:00 to 4:00 pm in the Darby Library meeting room.

There are currently FOUR students excited about taking the class, but Darby Adult Education requires a minimum of SEVEN to make it go. These four future webmasters need company.

Student fees are $16 regular and $8 Senior.

Domain purchase online on the first day of […]

education tax credits

I just tripped over a new campaign by Ron Paul. It is worthy and strikes at the root of a huge percentage of THE PROBLEM. I posted it here just a few minutes ago: Every Week Should Be School Choice Week

But as I sat, pumping my my arm, saying, HECK YEAH!, the little voice in my head was claiming my version of this solution as I articulated it in my 2006 election campaign was a bit better…. and Imagine if it had begun in Idaho 7 years ago – whew! What a difference it would have made.

Oh yeah, check out the televised debates from that campaign. While my head constantly screamed “RUN!” the body stayed and did quite […]

Every Week Should Be School Choice Week

Editorial By Ron Paul

National School Choice week takes place from January 26 to February 1, and during this week education freedom activists around the country will be participating in events highlighting the need for parental control of education. I wholeheartedly endorse National School Choice Week, as parental control of education is a prerequisite for a free and prosperous society.

When government usurps control of education from parents, education can easily become indoctrination. Centralized, top-down models of education are also doomed to failure as there is no way a bureaucrat in DC can design an education system capable of meeting the needs of every child in the country. The failure of centralized education is shown by the correlation between […]

today’s top news links

Here is your Internet news program. Another accumulation built up of articles I wanted to share, but the hits just keep on coming so fast. Check out the introductions below and click the links to investigate further. … Liar In Chief President Obama Promising That You Can Keep Your Health-Care Plan, Again and Again. The latest Obamacare controversy: Despite assuring the American people that their current plans would be safe under Obamacare, millions of individuals are now facing the cancellation…

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Obama Administration issues Martial Law Directive

December 11, 2013. Washington. Bureaucrats and politicians will never use the term Martial Law. Instead, the phrase ‘continuity of government’ is substituted. In reality, they’re the same thing. Last month, the Office of […]

news roundup

I just remembered my trick for catching up with news overload. Here is a news roundup you can quickly pick through for full articles that catch your interest.

These things are all going on NOW. They are far more relevant to you than what lamestream media is presenting. Why are they NOT showing this to you? It is certainly not because they lack resources.

If you think these are unrelated, you pay too much attention to Duck Dynasty and Miley Cirus – and THAT is what they want you to do.

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The Sugar Program is the culprit. Long an enemy of mine, the federal sugar program enriches the connected while costing us FAR MORE than just higher sugar prices […]

mass indoctrination centers

 

Education Six Lies Most People Believe About U.S. Schools Adults feel comfortable while kids suffer the consequences.

By Joy Pullmann

September 23, 2013

Popular lies about U.S. education certainly don’t do the kids any good. They just let the adults continue to feel comfortable while kids receive increasing diagnoses of ADHD (one in five boys now) and special needs, delay life milestones like marriage and buying a house, enter a crippled workforce, and face paying off the biggest debt in the history of humankind while receiving no government benefits in return. All these, and more, are directly related to education quality. No wonder the kids are getting antsy.

So, in the spirit of “the truth shall set you free,” […]