Generation Cedar

The Secret to Less Stress in Homeschooling (The 3 R’s)

Homeschoolers face a number of stresses. They have to answer neighbors and strangers alike about qualifications, feeling the constant need to prove the effectiveness of homeschooling, though its validation has been long proven. Curriculum choices abound and we are always looking at our homeschooling friends to see how they are doing it, always knowing we […]

Re-Thinking Education: Part 5-Practical Ways to Kindle a Love of Learning

Practical application After asking, are school subjects necessary?, considering how schools kill creativity, discussing the overrated college degree and apprenticeship and the philosophy of ‘school’ vs. ‘education’ , we’re finally ready to talk about some practical way to kindle a love of learning. The most important thing: “So what does educating look like if not like “school?” The good news is, it […]

Re-Thinking Education: Part 4-Kindle a Love of Learning

If you’ve landed here before reading Part 1, 2 or 3 of the “Rethinking Education” series, I highly recommend reading those first. Part 5 will address the “nuts and bolts” of today’s topic. Education and School are not the same. If you have agreed with the authors I’ve featured in this series, and there is something unsettling to you about the “assembly […]

Re-Thinking Education Series: Part 3-The Overrated College Degree

back of several graduates in cap and gown

Listen to this as a podcast on Spotify. “I don’t think we’ll get rid of schools any time soon, certainly not in my lifetime, but if we’re going to change what’s rapidly becoming a disaster of ignorance, we need to realize that the institution “schools” very well, but it does not “educate”; that’s inherent in the […]

Re-Thinking Education Series: Part 2-School Kills Creativity

(Part 1: Rethinking Education: Are School Subjects Necessary) Problem with the way we educate I decided to do this series on education not because I am opposed to the public school system (which I am, on many levels), and not because I think everyone should homeschool (which I do, more or less), but because all of us […]

Re-Thinking Education Series: Part 1-Are School Subjects Really Necessary?

Schooling is ingrained in us Ever since I taught in a high school classroom, I have felt that something was inherently wrong with the way we teach. But I still came home, fourteen years ago to homeschool, and tried to recreate all I knew–all any of us know–the only way to “do school.” But what if […]

Schooling Has Nothing to Do With Real Education: Part 1 (John Taylor Gatto)

Real Education

Few books have ever affected me the way John Taylor Gatto’s  A Different Kind of Teacher has. Gatto, a 30-year veteran school teacher in a NY city school, quit because, he said, “I am no longer willing to hurt children.” The book is so powerful, so profound, and so radically challenges everything most people believe about public education […]

5 Things That Matter in Your Child’s Education: A Guide for Moms

5 Things That Matter in Your Child's Education

Raise a virtual hand if you can remember what years WWII was fought. Can you find the length of the hypotenuse? Do you know what a hypotenuse is? What element on the Periodic Table is abbreviated Sn? What about Os? Can you identify an intransitive verb in a sentence? How about a diphthong? And have […]

The Magic of Copywork (and Why Grammar Isn’t Necessary)

It’s both fascinating and frustrating to go from the teacher in a classroom to homeschooling. Fascinating because so much we were led to believe (and I mean staunchly, don’t-dare-question-the-system believe) about how children learn isn’t true and it’s easier than we think, and frustrating because so much we were led to believe about how children learn […]

How to Homeschool When You Think You Can’t

Listen to the podcast on Spotify or Youtube It’s not just homeschooling advocates who recognize the plight of government education and desperately desire to make the public aware of the disadvantages it gives to our children. Especially now with common core standards. Besides veteran voices like John Taylor Gatto, Peter Gray and Roger Schank, who have been pleading for a […]