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NASA High Performance Driver Education (HPDE)

My big deal of the decade, several decades, and in particular this year was two days of flat-out driving on a road racing course. I share my journaling of it with you here. I spent last weekend at the Utah Motorsports Complex (UMC) on and around their road course. It was created by a local tycoon to exercise his vast collection of vintage race cars in the company of fellow enthusiasts. In other words, a track facility developed by an enthusiast FOR enthusiasts. Most of us were built for something; having unique strengths and interests where we are slightly or noticeably better than most. My natural exceptionalism seems to be high performance driving. Though life did not hand me […]

The Great College Education Con

By August Harriman As far back as the 1800s, when college was reserved for the elite, there were those, including Mark Twain, who had their doubts as to its usefulness. Observed Twain: “Some people get an education without going to college. The rest get it after they get out.” Twain may not be far off the mark. How much knowledge is actually attained in college? If graduates were to stand on a soapbox and be required to recall all they learned while in university, most would come to silence within 5 minutes. If education per se was the goal, it is a poor return on investment. If graduating students could choose only one — the education they gained during those […]

Do not call it “education” … it is anything but

John Taylor Gatto, New York City Teacher of the Year and New York State Teacher of the Year has been exposing the indoctrination system for what it is and offering alternatives to parents willing to put some time and effort into raising their children themselves. He is in good company with Ron Paul, and others who have created curriculums for home schooling and alternative schools. It is easier now than ever to defend your offspring from the indoctrination centers. Ah, but what am I talking about? I share a video and link to an article that explains further. How To Protect Your Children From Indoctrination Authored by Linnea Johnson via The Organic Prepper blog, Do you look on with […]

quotations regarding education

Men had better be without education than be educated by their rulers; for their education is but the mere breaking in of the steer to the yoke; the mere discipline of the hunting dog, which, by dint of severity, is made to forego the strongest impulse of his nature, and instead of devouring his prey, to hasten with it to the feet of his master. — Thomas Hodgskin   “I don’t want my children fed or clothed by the state, but if I had to choose, I would prefer that to their being educated by the state.” – Max Victor Belz   “[Schools:] vast factories for the manufacture of robots.” – Robert Lindner (1914-1956)   “[T]he result desired by the state […]

educational quotations

“If it would be wrong for the government to adopt an official religion, then, for the same reasons, it would be wrong for the government to adopt official education policies. The moral case for freedom of religion stands or falls with that for freedom of education. A society that champions freedom of religion but at the same time countenances state regulation of education has a great deal of explaining to do.” — James R. Otteson American philosopher, professor, author “Education… now seems to me perhaps the most authoritarian and dangerous of all the social inventions of mankind. It is the deepest foundation of the modern slave state, in which most people feel themselves to be nothing but producers, […]

Darby Adult Education

I am again offering to teach two-way radio communications to my neighbors in the Darby area. I have formatted the classes differently, and added significantly to the offerings. There is a sequence to these classes, from easiest to acquire to more challenging. The first class is strictly about GMRS radios. This license has no training, knowledge or testing requirement. You send 70 bucks to the FCC and get their permission for your whole family to use the frequencies for the next 5 years. The class I am offering for these only takes 2 hours out of a Saturday mid-morning. I encourage the whole family to sign up and come get started. GMRS radios can be powerful tools for Bitterrooters. Next […]

self-directed education

You might know from (some of) my 59 posts here on the topic, that education, that is truly FREE education is a subject near and dear to my heart. The website everything voluntary just published a real nice, well supported article about education that I find well worth sharing. Why Our Coercive System of Schooling Should ToppleWritten by Peter Gray I’ve been called a crazy optimist, a Pollyanna, a romantic idealist. How can I believe that our system of compulsory (forced) schooling is about to collapse? People point out that in many ways the schooling system is stronger now than ever. It occupies more of children’s time, gobbles up more public funds, employs more people, and is more firmly […]

home education help

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 January 30, 2016 by Emily 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, and new ideas. […]

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 […]

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 discussed […]

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 […]


After a century of compulsory politically-controlled education as our overwhelmingly dominant model, unbiased analysis is extremely challenging. Newcomers to the concept are exhibiting normal human behavior by dismissing challenges out-of-hand. Opening minds to critical thinking regarding government-dominated schools takes many suggestions, many ideas, many proponents and much incisive, solid documentation. Fortunately it is out there. Unfortunately those who need to be exposed to it rarely are. As this is one of the most important topics of our time, I am building here another window into education, as opposed to indoctrination and training. I anticipate I will link to and refer to these pages from other essays. I expect to attach copies of others’ work to protect against disappearance of well […]