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  • The Gift of a Home Business

    Once upon a time, many years ago, I decided to try a direct sales, work-from-home business. I’d found a product I loved and decided to give Usborne Books & More a try. I thought if things worked out, I’d have some extra income, a library of great books, and be...
  • Are Core Curriculum Standards and Critical Thinking Killing the Love for Learning?

    By Ronald E. Johnson, C.Ph.D. So-called educational experts have for more than three decades adopted the mantra of promoting critical thinking skills, ostensibly to inspire children to develop a love for learning. At the same time, sympathizers of Common Core Standards decry the practice of rote memory of facts and...
  • Common Core Standards What Do They Mean for Homeschoolers?

    By Tracy Weissman Dunbar Our schools have been quietly taken over. We are no longer teaching the skills and concepts that our kids need. Gone are the days of creativity, innovation, and personal growth: Here are the days of nationalized pigeonholing, segregation, dysfunction. It used to be that in America...
  • Latin: The Silver Key

    By Christopher A. Perrin, MDiv PhD Publisher, Classical Academic Press While Latin study has been undergoing a growing renewal in the United States, it is still common to hear parents ask, “Why study Latin?” Naturally, if a family is going to commit a great deal of time and effort to...
  • Homeschooling the Late Bloomer

    by Carolyn Forte More than thirty years ago, as a college student, I worked as an aide at Carl Harvey School for the Orthopedically Handicapped in Orange County, California. During two summers working with severely handicapped children, I learned that “experts” can help and advise, but that the very best...
  • “I Know What’s Best For My Education”: A Lesson In Uncertainty

    by Richard J. Prystowsky During our college’s first two weeks of the Fall 2005 semester, I dealt with an incident at our college that caused me to reflect on the relationship between my homeschooling life and my college work life. For years, when our kids were young, I felt that...
  • Homeschooling Intrigues Me – Where Do I Start?

    by Greg and Moira Bell You are not alone. Nowadays, it is rare to meet an American parent who hasn’t at least heard of home schooling. Those looking at homeschooling from the outside routinely express two chief concerns – 1) “How can homeschooling parents tolerate being with their kids 24...
  • The Richest Man in the World Has Some Advice for Us about College . . .

    (P.S. He didn’t take it himself) by John Taylor Gatto 1. William Faulkner On April 12, 2005, the August “New York Review of Books” pronounced William Faulkner “the most influential innovator in the annals of American fiction,” a man well-deserving of his Nobel Prize. Faulkner, a high school dropout, was...
  • Bard Academy at Simon’s Rock – High School in Two Years for the Motivated Student

    84 Alford Rd. Great Barrington, MA 01230 http://simons-rock.edu/bard-academy-at-simons-rock/ 413.644.4400 Fax: 413.528.7365 Ranked by Princeton Review as a top U.S. college and a Top 10 Faculty By Mary Leppert Over the Christmas holidays, my son and I visited Simon’s Rock Bard Academy, in beautiful, cozy Great Barrington, Massachusetts, in the Berkshires...
  • Kids Can Code – Developing Computer Proficiency with Fun!

    (818) 794-0522 info@kidscancode.org http://kidscancode.org/ Learning to write computer code has never been more important. In the coming years, it will become like knowing a written language that is necessary for commerce throughout the world. The underlying belief of Kids Can Code is that all children should learn to code, to...
  • Black History Month: Elizabeth Freeman

    Elizabeth Freeman’s name and story are not widely known these days, but she played an essential part in the early history of our country. Born a slave, Freeman would go on to win her freedom, the first woman to do so under the Massachusetts state constitution. Freeman, then named simply...