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Posts tagged: homeschooling

Thinking Like a Christian: What Does the Bible Say About Public School?

Most parents believe "school is neutral", are not aware of any agenda outside of "no child left behind", and often make decisions about educating their children based on visible traits--the reputation of their school, the teachers they know, etc. So if we are thinking like a Christian, what does the Bible say about Public School? My ...

More on “What’s Wrong With Public School” from Gatto

John Taylor Gatto (former National Teacher of the Year after 30 years in the public school system) is perhaps one of the most passionate advocates for school reform overhaul. I'd love to hear your thoughts! "I want you to consider the frightening possibility that we are spending far too much money on schooling, not too little. I want ...

A Closer Look at Public Education: Are We Trained to Serve the Economy?

In this series on education, I have and will quote quite often from John Taylor Gatto because I believe he is not only highly qualified to speak, having been intensely involved with the public school system for more than thirty years, but I also believe he has a pure agenda, motivated only by a simple ...

Public Education: Do Standardized Tests Measure Real Education?

As we homeschool, we continue to battle a highly ingrained system of "the right way" to do things. Since most of us were educated by the government system, part of that education consequently led us to believe that the methodologies used were the "best" if not the only way to properly educate children. Only a ...

Homeschooling: Teaching English Simply

(Updated and revised) "Do not underestimate the importance of all the conversations (slow and clear conversations) that a mother has throughout the day with her child.  If Mother speaks clearly and decisively, she is giving the child valuable language lessons.  All the reading aloud she enjoys doing every day--as her children listen attentively--is doing verbal wonders, ...

Homeschooling on Accident? Don’t Fret the Interrupted Day

I had had one of those mornings.... slow getting awake because the baby had woke several times during the night... too many morning phone calls (I miss my caller ID!)... spills and boo-boos galore.... a day where my "neat and tidy" routine gets ambushed a thousand ways. Once upon a time this kind of day would make me question my ...

“God’s Curriculum”…If You Don’t Teach Them Anything Else!

When I heard Kevin Swanson say, "God has given us a curriculum...it's Proverbs", my spirit resonated with that seemingly simplistic statement. That doesn't mean we need to toss our math and grammar books, it means if we are teaching math and grammar without a thorough teaching of the Proverbs, we are not giving them the tools ...

Busy Moms “Get Real” Series, Part 5: “I Can’t Get it All Done!”

Joyful summer laundry. Colorful t-shirts on a laundry line and blue sky.

"Remember the principle of gardening: a lot of sweat and tears are required before the reward of harvest. It’s the same with mothering." A reader sent me an email that is not unlike many that I receive, so I decided to include an excerpt and answer it here in a post. I know we all struggle ...

Operation Conversation: Missing Ingredient to a Great Education

Math book-check. Grammar-check. Science experiment-check. We've spent the time and money to research the "best" curriculum. We've been inspired by our homeschool conference and we're ready to tackle the "best school year" ever. If you are that mom, let me remind you of one important educational tool that is so easy to miss: CONVERSATION. Conversation is the "skeleton" ...

Education: Are We Slaves to “the Test”?

  "Instead of duplicating the only method we knew regarding how to “do school”, we backed up and began to ask ourselves the simple question:“What is education”? In order to begin building, we must know what we're building in the first place. A storage shed and a cathedral are going to have very different-looking blueprints.Most parents ...

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