Teachers unions may become less powerful, and less able to push against school choice movements.
After a long holiday break, I'm back and tracking the most important issues in homeschooling. Here are my top picks for the week: Upcoming news and issues for Catholic education Dr. Brian Ray from the National Home Education Research Institute ponders whether homeschooling is unfair to other children. Some ideas to get you back on… Continue reading News Over The New Year: Homeschooling Is Unfair To Others, 96% Of Social Psychologists Lean Liberal
Common Core Co-Author to Give Keynote at National Catholic Educational Association Convention David Coleman, president of The College Board, and Common Core co-author has an unexpected message for Catholic schools that applies just as well to homeschoolers: keep doing what makes you great, despite the coming changes to the AP and SAT tests. I've written… Continue reading News Dec. 13-19 Catholic Schools and Common Core and A Cool Idea for Homeschool PE
Every Student Succeeds Act Succeeds President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act into law on Thursday. This comes after the Senate advanced the bill a day before by a vote of 84-12. Notably, presidential candidates Rand Paul and Ted Cruz voted against the bill, while Marco Rubio didn't vote. The more I read about… Continue reading News Dec. 6-12 Obama signs ESSA and Swedish Family Loses Son for Good
No Child Left Behind Update Gets Closer The biggest news of the week is that the House of Representatives passed the Every Student Succeeds Act, in a 359-64 vote. ESSA is being called a bipartisan, "undeniable improvement" on the disastrous 2001 No Child Left Behind law. The Senate should be voting on the bill this… Continue reading News Nov. 29 – Dec. 5: No Child Left Behind Update Coming and ESSA’s Impact on Homeschoolers
As we enter the season of Advent, those readers familiar with liturgical churches will recognize this season as one filled with ritual, ceremony, and memory. Part of the magic of attending worship during Advent is the addition of special rituals like lighting the candles on an advent wreath or singing hymns not sung at other… Continue reading Little Liturgies
Number of homeschoolers in DC is increasing. Same thing in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Radio Boston explores the growth here, in a fair interview which came out after this Boston Magazine article. The Boston magazine article asks a question which I think is interesting: More and more of Boston’s smartest families are opting out of… Continue reading News Nov. 22-28
Michigan considers the cost of homeschooling and socialization. Mom Judy Major spends $300-$1000 per student per year. Her school district misses about $7000 per student per year, but says homeschooling is a good option if it's right for the student. Winners announced in an essay contest on "Why I am Grateful for Homeschool." Read Monica… Continue reading News, Nov. 15-21
Earlier, I discussed how a classical education is a humanizing education. It teaches a person how to think and speak with those around him, it nurtures him instead of constantly assessing him, and it feeds him with books and ideas that will nourish his intellect and soul. Today we're going to talk about another characteristic… Continue reading Characteristics of Classical Education: Education as a Path
Before we can classically educate our students, we need to know generally what it is we're aiming for.