Why homeschooling is an issue that affects every conservative whether they do it or not

There's a voting block that has received nearly zero attention this election year from the Presidential candidates. Hillary Clinton doesn't have to say much because her progressive perspectives are natural and assumed. Donald Trump has mentioned it one time in a single sentence in 16 months. Gary Johnson has oddly avoided it altogether. Homeschooling families, … Continue reading Why homeschooling is an issue that affects every conservative whether they do it or not

Virginia Homeschooling and Religious Affiliation

By A.P. Dillon Last week, I highlighted an article that appeared in the NY Times that called into question the fundamental right to homeschool. The NY Times article focused a bit on Pennsylvania but, this week, a story garnered headlines coming out of Virginia.  This story out of Virginia is in the same flavor as the NY … Continue reading Virginia Homeschooling and Religious Affiliation

The Fundamental Right To Homeschool

By A.P. Dillon The NY Times has an article out this week titled, "Home Schooling: More Pupils, Less Regulation".  The article focuses on changes in Pennsylvania, but this is an article that should give everyone pause. The article's main thrust is that homeschools are not regulated enough and deserve more oversight - by a government entity, … Continue reading The Fundamental Right To Homeschool

Back To School – At Home and Opting Out

By A.P. Dillon Millions of kids head back to school soon. Many have already begun the new school year. In many state, that means heading back to more Common Core. That is the case in North Carolina for the time being until the state's standards replacement commission can get to work. North Carolina will continue using Common Core for … Continue reading Back To School – At Home and Opting Out

A Bad Penny

The 2013-14 school year is officially over in our household.  One of the unexpected perks of homeschooling has been the change in my view of summer break.  Instead of oh no what am I going to do with the kids all summer, I feel more like thank goodness I can do things other than school with the kids … Continue reading A Bad Penny

Parent, Heal Thyself

by Linda Szugyi My experience with education is a love/hate relationship.  In elementary school, I loved getting 'A's, reading books, and writing poetry.  (I wanted to be a poet when I grew up.)  I remember adoring the standardized test at the end of the year.  It was so exciting:  the solemnity, the necessity of filling the bubbles neatly, the fun … Continue reading Parent, Heal Thyself

The Post in Which the Introvert Navel-Gazes

by Linda Szugyi Susan Cain's book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking is not as insulting towards extroverts as it sounds.  Her point is not that one personality trait is better than the other. She does, however, make a strong case that our culture has a bias against introversion.  She gives a … Continue reading The Post in Which the Introvert Navel-Gazes

The Sneaking Common Core in our Schools Act of 2013

Oh, okay, that's not the real title of the bill I'm about to discuss. The Strengthening America’s Schools Act of 2013 (let’s dub it “SASA”) is eleven hundred fifty pages of stereo instruction.  After mentally ingesting most of it over the weekend, I’m wondering whether printing it out and physically ingesting it might have been … Continue reading The Sneaking Common Core in our Schools Act of 2013

The Sanity of Homeschooling Insanity

As a general concept, homeschooling has a long history.  Private, in-home tutoring was quite normal in wealthy ancient Roman families.  The pioneers of the American west had to teach at home, at least until their settlement was big enough for a schoolhouse. Homeschooling did not really begin as a modern cultural movement until the 1970s.  At that point a fellow named John Holt, a … Continue reading The Sanity of Homeschooling Insanity