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    Filed on October 21, 2005 at 5:46 pm under by dcobranchi

    This is the first sentence GoogleNews found for me today:

    Schools’ increasing role in providing social service has placed an extra burden on principals.

    Please excuse me for a bit; I think I need to lie down.

    NEW AD ——>

    Filed on at 4:56 pm under by dcobranchi

    The Free-Staters! Cool.


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    Helen links to an Education Gadfly blurb on home ed as a result of the hurricanes. This sentence jumped out at me:

    This is a unique opportunity to measure and observe how well home schooling parents—both the well-educated and the not-so-well-educated—can do with this challenging task.

    Yeah, just what the folks suffering through the after-effects of the hurricanes need– to be prodded and poked by “policy people.”


    Filed on at 4:55 pm under by dcobranchi

    is particularly cool. Make sure you click on the photo, to bring up an alternative view.


    Filed on at 4:55 pm under by dcobranchi

    HOMESCHOOLER PARTICIPATION: School districts would have to open up extracurricular activities such as clubs, music, sports and theater to homeschooled children, under legislation approved 33-17 by the Senate. The state currently allows local school boards to decide whether home-schoolers can take part in such activities. The measure would take effect Jan. 1. The legislation goes to the governor.


    Filed on at 4:54 pm under by dcobranchi

    I guess I agree with this quote concerning a B&N (Home) Educators Appreciation Night:

    Beth Jerde, community relations manager at Barnes & Noble, said she hoped the program was useful and interesting to parents. The store will present another program tailored more toward institutional educators, librarians and media specialists tonight.

    Jerde said that while home schoolers and professional teachers could benefit from either night, it was important to tailor the events to meet different needs.

    “The agendas are different, obviously, or the home schoolers would not be home schooled,” she said.

    Well, our agenda is to raise happy, healthy, well-educated children who can think for themselves. I guess that is different than the g-schools’.

    I CALL BULL****

    Filed on October 20, 2005 at 5:20 am under by dcobranchi

    When an education article starts out with howler, it tends to undercut the rest of the piece. Here’s a great example (via EducationNews):

    In August of 2003, Stephan Dinan of the Washington Times reported that America spends $7.4 billion to educate its children of illegal immigrants. By including the salaries of all applicable teachers, administrators, and other staff, as well as school operating costs, this figure might be closer to $1 trillion. Mr. Dinan was seeking to illustrate the need for stricter immigration reforms that would lessen this financial burden on our public schools. However, Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 requires that all children residing in our schools’ borders be permitted an education.

    $1 trillion. Riiiiiight. According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, the US spent a total of $412 billion on K-12 education in 2001-2002.

    UPDATE: I should point out that many of these children of illegal immigrants he’s worried about are U.S. citizens (i.e., they were born here). So they should be punished by being sent to the g-schools just like everyone else. 🙂


    Filed on at 5:15 am under by dcobranchi

    The NAEP results for math and reading are up. Math scores continue to show a nice increase, but reading scores are flat for the last decade.


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    Just kidding– I’ve actually heard of Dakota Fanning. Yes, she’s an HEK.


    Filed on at 5:15 am under by dcobranchi

    I need to check my bearings here for a sec. In an email discussion with a home education advocate we’ve come to loggerheads over whether there is any role for the federal courts (not the legislature) in ajudicating cases involving (home) education. So, is home education a fundamental right under the U.S. Constitution or is it, instead, totally within the purview of the states and the state courts?


    Filed on at 5:14 am under by dcobranchi

    A group of HEKs visited their local newspaper. And they got good press out of the visit. Very smart.


    Filed on October 19, 2005 at 7:22 pm under by dcobranchi

    I think someone at HSLDA has been taking breathless hyperbole lessons and drinking too much coffee.

    The Army has recently implemented a policy change, which makes qualified homeschoolers eligible for the same Army enlistment incentives as a traditional high school graduate!

    Gee whiz!


    Filed on October 18, 2005 at 5:14 am under by dcobranchi

    for a change.

    In November, as applications start pouring into the University of California system, UC Riverside will become the first UC campus to specifically recruit homeschooled and other nontraditionally educated students.

    This short piece has some of the best quotes you’re likely to run across on home education:

    “UCR is interested in students with high levels of achievement, promise, and contribution,” said LaRae Lundgren, director of admissions. “”We are looking for creative ways to discover these students.”

    …“Among the homeschool community, we find large numbers of students who are smart, mature, creative, independent and well-socialized people,” said Frank Vahid, a professor of computer science who has three children who are homeschooled. “We want such excellent students in our classes. They have a lot to offer the university community.”

    Not bad, at all.


    Filed on at 5:14 am under by dcobranchi

    space aliens abducting you and forcing you to home educate their squidlings. That’s just about as likely as the scenario HSLDA tries to sow fear with in today’s WashTimes.


    Filed on at 5:13 am under by dcobranchi

    I received an email from the reporter who thought that homeschools were “all supported with federal funds.” I had written her pointing out her error, mentioning that we don’t recieve federal, state, or local funding. Her response:

    Dear Mr. Cobranchi,

    The U.S. Department of Education awarded the state of Arkansas and K12 Inc.$4.1 millon over 2 years to educate homeschoolers in a “Virtual Academy”. The grants come from the Voluntary Public School Choice program under the No Child Left Behind Law. In Florida K12 Inc. gets $4,800 per student for homeschooling. Pennsylvania, Minnesota and Wisconsin all get grants for homeschoolers who are listed as public school students. Florida uses federal and state funds to educate homeschoolers with vouchers to ease overcrowding. K12 Inc. is a for profit company. Some parents pay $0, while others are subsidized. But K12 Inc. receives the money. Every state has different regulations. Some states do not even enforce their own regulations.

    So, she really thinks that cyber charters and e-schools are homeschooling. I have tried once again to point out that she’s still using the term incorrectly.

    NO WAY!

    Filed on at 5:13 am under by dcobranchi


    A former teacher at a Cleveland charter school under fire for financial and academic woes says a principal paddled three teachers last winter for throwing snowballs during horseplay outside the building.

    … Debra Aquaowo, who taught at the school last year, said she and other teachers playfully tossed snowballs at each other one morning last winter while waiting for administrators to arrive and open the school.

    Once inside, Aquaowo said she heard the crack of a wooden paddle coming from the principal’s office. She said three teachers told her they were smacked on the butt with a paddle, and the principal confirmed the paddlings to her.

    The school denies it ever happened, so this is all hearsay. But if I had kids in that school I think I’d want some more details and a serious investigation.


    Filed on at 5:13 am under by dcobranchi

    The Arizona Republic has a pretty good piece on the state of things six years after HEKs were permitted to play for g-school sports teams. The program seems to be going well. The most interesting bit, though, was this throwaway line:

    The Air Force Academy, for instance, urges home-schooled students who wish to enroll to play organized competitive sports and asks parents to sign up their children for high school teams when possible.

    That is truly surprising. So it appears that the Academy awards admission points to kids who’ve played g-school sports. Do sports weigh more heavily than community service? Fine arts? Other extra-curriculars?


    Filed on October 17, 2005 at 8:31 pm under by dcobranchi

    $464.19 to be precise. The backstory– Our computer was fried in a lightning strike in July (July was a very bad month). Fortunately, I had purchased a Belkin surge protector with a $10,000 guarantee. So I followed the directions to submit a claim. Unfortunately, Belkin’s policy is that they determine if they think you’re lying. And according to their “tests,” the power strip was fine. Claim denied. Fortunately, I’m obnoxious enough to threaten a lawsuit (I have a feeling that I’m not the first one who was treated shabbily. Class action, anyone?) End result– I got the check today.


    Filed on at 8:12 pm under by dcobranchi

    Here’s a neat project– an online translator in which you don’t have to specify which direction you’re heading. A nice feature is that entering a word in either language leads to all sorts of idioms.


    Filed on October 16, 2005 at 7:13 am under by dcobranchi

    These folks, while potentially well-meaning, are simply wacked. I’m not sure how a homeschooling family was ripped off by the g-schools. Are they saying that if the schools were teaching according to biblical principles there’d be no need for home education?

    This organization thankfully stands a zero percent chance of achieving their goals, which include causing a constitutional crisis and SC seceding (again).

    And if I were among the leaders of Christian Exodus, I wouldn’t read too much into how many hits their website has received. I’ve visited the site a couple of times. It’s like driving by a car wreck. You don’t want to look, but you can’t help yourself.

    DISCLOSURE: I grew up in Greenville Co. and went to college in Travelers Rest. I even know where the Dixie Outpost is.


    Filed on October 15, 2005 at 11:17 am under by dcobranchi

    The HEK with the lead pipe in the kitchen. (Tip credit: Hal Young)

    1.25¢ PER KID

    Filed on at 11:17 am under by dcobranchi

    Here’s another in the vast collection of nickel photos for Tim. [Backstory– Once upon a time at the other blog, Tim Haas mentioned that he wished he had a nickel for every silly photo that newspapers publish of a home educating mom bending over her kids at the dining room (or kitchen) table. It really is amazing how often that identical pose is reproduced. In the worst examples, the kids have their textbooks open and the mom (it’s always the mom) is pointing out some fascinating factoid in the book.

    And now, back to our regularly scheduled blogging.] The actual article linked above is quite nice. Only one strange sentence:

    Once the morning’s household chores have been done, school starts, usually at 9 a.m. Everyone settles into one of the living room’s plush couches or chairs, with Colleen often starting the day by reading aloud to her entire class.

    Her “class”?


    Filed on October 14, 2005 at 5:27 pm under by dcobranchi

    Not over the Girls, Inc. issue, which I think is silly. The prices!

    One of the protest coordinators, American Family Association special projects director Randy Sharp, said the campaign was noteworthy because American Girl’s products have long been favored by conservatives. Its dolls (full-sized models sell for more than $80) include a series from different eras of American history _ such as Felicity, from the Revolutionary War, or Addy, who escapes from slavery during the Civil War.

    “American Girl has won the trust of millions of conservative families,” Sharp said. “It’s very popular among the home school movement because of the values the company followed.”


    Filed on October 13, 2005 at 5:03 pm under by dcobranchi

    These two gentlemen are extremely lucky there were a couple of HEKs in the neighborhood.

    Jesse Dykema knew he had one shot to save the man on the verge of drowning.

    The 63-year-old Wyoming man dropped beneath the surface of Skipping Stone Lake for a third time just as Dykema paddled his kayak up to him, and the 15-year-old Ottawa County boy plunged his arm into the dark water and grabbed the man’s collar.

    “He was physically exhausted and couldn’t do it anymore,” Jesse said Tuesday, hours after police credited him, his three sisters and their mother for rescuing two men from the private Tallmadge Township lake. “None of us really had time to be afraid for what could have happened or comprehend what we were doing.”

    Police say Ed Dantuma, 63, and his friend, Elmer Snoap, 76, also of Wyoming, fell out of a small fishing boat about 9:15 a.m. Tuesday.

    The family dragged them to shore and kept them warm until help arrived.

    BTW, Please wear a life jacket when you go out on the water. (Tip credit: CindyD)


    Filed on at 5:03 pm under by dcobranchi

    This school district’s efforts to “help” home educating families reminded me of Al Pacino’s line in The Godfather, Part III:

    Just when I thought that I was out they pull me back in.


    Filed on at 5:03 pm under by dcobranchi

    G-schoolers can opt out of having their personal info given to army recruiters. Heretofore, we really haven’t needed that option. Now we do:

    Among the main features of the Army’s master plan for reaching its 2006 recruiting goal:

    …• Put more effort into recruiting people who have begun their college careers but not yet earned a degree, on the assumption that some would be interested in taking a hiatus to try military service. Also, target those of high school age who are being home schooled — a potential market the Army has largely ignored.

    How is the Army getting contact information for our kids? Could it be from the state Ed Departments? My own state of NC treats our registration data as a public record, available to anyone who files a FOIA request. According to Scott Somerville, most other states do the same. IMO, home educators ought to be working at the state level to protect their privacy by exempting their personal information from public records laws. I’ve already contacted the two NC statewides, legislators, and the Division of Non-Public Education (DNPE) here.

    Getting good legislation passed is never easy, fun, or fast. But there are precious few things more valuable than privacy. (via the HA-NC legislative blog)

    UPDATE: There’s a lengthy discussion still going on over this post at the HEM blog.


    Filed on October 12, 2005 at 1:31 pm under by dcobranchi

    I just want to point out that there’s a post up at the other blog on the subject. So far, I’m in the minority. Help!!! 🙂


    Filed on at 9:57 am under by dcobranchi

    I try not to indulge in school-bashing, but this amusing juxtaposition from a “student on the street” column was too tasty to pass up:

    Ali Sumner, Henry Clay, 11th grade

    If I ran my school, I would have every wall painted a bright color, promoting school spirit. Our school is lacking in the spirit department, and a little color might change people’s attitudes.

    Katie Tracy, home school (Lexington), 10th grade

    I enjoy the control that I have over my education as a home-schooler. However, there is one thing that I would change about my program: I wish that it would offer a greater variety of foreign language courses. I’ve had to study Japanese on my own, as there aren’t many programs that offer instruction in it.

    Alison Winger, Sayre School (Lexington), 8th grade

    If I ran my school, the biggest change I would make would be to abolish popularity. Popularity prevents the school from working as a community in many ways. When everyone is working together on getting an education, instead of wrangling over who is best dressed, school can be an enjoyable and satisfactory experience.


    Filed on at 9:29 am under by dcobranchi

    Florida’s last one-room schoolhouse looks as if it might close:

    At the end of September, nine students were enrolled at Duette: two in kindergarten, two in first grade, one in third, two in fourth and two in fifth.

    Since state funding is distributed to schools on the basis of student enrollment, the amount of money funneled to Duette from Tallahassee falls woefully short of operating expenses. During the 2004-05 school year, operating expenses for Duette exceeded revenues from the state by $129,882, according to information obtained from the Manatee County School District.

    It’s a damned shame, because this place is obviously teaching the kids to see through the same-age-socialization crock:

    As they were doing their work, the older students took a moment to say how much they like the ways that their school is different from other, larger schools.

    “It’s kind of cool because you get to make friends with kids older and younger than you,” said fourth-grader Logan McCormack.

    Fifth-grader Maranda Lewis agreed.

    “If the little kids need help with anything, the bigger kids are in the same room and can help them,” Lewis said.


    Filed on at 9:12 am under by Tim Haas

    This sounds like a lot of fun, but as far as I know I don’t belong to this cell of the Haas collective:

    The Parents Advocating Teaching at Home Homeschool Collective recently held its third World Culture Club.

    This month’s event focused on Native American tribes of the United States and was preceded by a trip to the Cherokee Indian Reservation in the N.C. mountains and participation in a Native American Pow Wow.

    The Haas family of Granite Falls hosted the club meeting, which was attended by 32 people from nine families. Authentic Native American food was served, while students made traditional Native American wind catchers and pottery under the guidance of Michelle Haas and Kate Tinnan.

    Cayte and Hannah Gowan demonstrated how to use flint. Steven Garvey taught students about blowguns. Aaron Haas described three types of Indian villages. Evelyn Garvey led participation in a canoe dance.


    Filed on at 7:01 am under by dcobranchi

    An HEK from Fayetteville scored a perfect 36 on the ACT, the only such score in the state. (That’s not as bad as it sounds; NC is an SAT state.) The piece is a nice profile of the kid. I especially like how the reporter ended it:

    Teresa Lloyd said her son has always been curious about many things. He plays baseball, participates on a debate team and does art. He has not settled on a career goal.

    “He has so many varied interests, it’s tough for him to narrow down what he wants to do,” Lloyd said. “He’s strong in just about every area. Except music. Music is not his strong suit.”

    Tip credit: Hal Young.


    Filed on October 11, 2005 at 5:26 pm under by dcobranchi

    Know your market. Somehow I have a feeling that this g-school teacher cut b-school class that day:

    Kindergarten and preschool lesson plans are now available to homeschoolers and parents who want to help their children with early reading skills.

    Elaine Engerdahl, who taught for 24 years with a specialty in reading instruction, is the author of Early Learning Solutions. She believes it is an integral tool for parents who want to foster a lifelong love for learning in their young children.

    …The lesson plans that are a part of Engerdahl’s Early Learning Solutions program were originally designed for use by professional teachers. At the suggestion of a colleague, she made the preschool and kindergarten lesson plans available for homeschool parents and others seeking to augment their children’s learning.

    I doubt too many home educators will be taking her up on the offer to drill-and-kill their 4-year-olds.

    NOTE: I’m not providing a link to the press release. The website does some VERY obnxious things .


    Filed on at 5:25 pm under by dcobranchi

    Proof positive that ID is correct. Pretty funny. It reminded me a bit of Asimov’s famous thiotimoline paper. (via The Panda’s Thumb)


    Filed on October 10, 2005 at 7:39 pm under by dcobranchi

    Some teach by day.

    Joanne Jacobs found a teacher who has an interesting second job.


    Filed on at 6:50 pm under by dcobranchi

    Version 2 of OpenOffice is out of beta. I’ve used both 1.x and the beta version of 2.0. I’m not enough of a power user to be able to tell much difference.


    Filed on at 6:35 am under by dcobranchi

    First the Op/Ed from yesterday’s Fayetteville Observer.

    With the recent deluge of Katrina coverage and a variety of other compelling national and international news, many municipal issues and races in North Carolina this year appear to have generated little attention or enthusiasm. Not so in Fayetteville, however, where the debate over the forced annexation of 42,000 people remains page-one material and is shaping one of the state’s most competitive mayoral races.

    …Let’s put things in perspective. Of the 314,000 folks added to North Carolina’s city populations from 2000 to 2003, more than half – 164,000 – were added due to annexation. Has there been an overwhelming demand by residents to be annexed? No. People actually chose unincorporated areas, for understandable reasons. And the Fayetteville annexation is nothing short of astounding, with the city conscripting tens of thousands of residents into their jurisdiction in a single stroke.

    …This nation was founded by individuals who believed that natural liberty allowed one the freedom to be removed from the subjective whims of tyrannical rulers. At the very least, it should be expected that city leaders would seriously consider the desires of the residents in question prior to subjecting them to this annexation. If city living were so attractive, forced annexation would be unnecessary.

    The forced annexation issue is toxic around here. The mayor and a good chunk of the city council will likely be voted out of office because of the way they brought these people into the city. And this has been a front-page story for years, as the annexation birthed several lawsuits. So, after all this, some yahoo wrote a LttE saying that Hope Mills, a small town on our northern border ought to incorporate as a city. Why? So it could annex the rest of the unincorporated portion of Cumberland County. My slightly unintelligible response:

    Why would Gray’s Creek want to be annexed?

    In reference to Frankie Odom’s suggestion (“The town of Hope Mills could become a new city,” Oct. 4) that Hope Mills ought to work toward becoming a city so that it could annex a big chunk of Cumberland County: As a new resident of Gray’s Creek, thanks, but no thanks.

    Why would we want to cooperate with what is essentially a theft (by force of law) of our freedom? In exchange for what? Becoming part of a new city that would tax us to pay for services that we wouldn’t receive for years (if not decades)? A good deal for Hope Mills, perhaps. But God help the politicians who push it through.

    Daryl Cobranchi, Fayetteville

    It only took me six months to start building my reputation as a crank. A new record!


    Filed on at 6:33 am under by dcobranchi

    I’m not sure which got the Secret Service riled up. Neither should have.

    Jarvis had assigned her senior civics and economics class “to take photographs to illustrate their rights in the Bill of Rights,” she says. One student “had taken a photo of George Bush out of a magazine and tacked the picture to a wall with a red thumb tack through his head. Then he made a thumb’s-down sign with his own hand next to the President’s picture, and he had a photo taken of that, and he pasted it on a poster.”

    …”At 1:35, the student came to me and told me that the Secret Service had taken his poster,” Jarvis says. “I didn’t believe him at first. But they had come into my room when I wasn’t there and had taken his poster, which was in a stack with all the others.”

    …”They asked me, didn’t I think that it was suspicious,” she recalls. “I said no, it was a Bill of Rights project!”

    At the end of the meeting, they told her the incident “would be interpreted by the U.S. attorney, who would decide whether the student could be indicted,” she says.

    The student was not indicted, and the Secret Service did not pursue the case further.

    Geez! Scaring a kid witless because he doesn’t like the President? Would the Secret Service come after me if I had a picture of GWB taped to my dartboard?


    Filed on at 6:32 am under by dcobranchi

    The Providence Journal has a nice piece examining the alleged ties between mercury-containing vaccines and autism. So far, evidence seems to point to no causal relationship, but the science is not firm. Interesting reading.


    Filed on October 9, 2005 at 1:08 pm under by dcobranchi

    OK, this one (passwords) has absolutely nothing to do with home education. Yet.

    A woman in the Netherlands has been banned from any contact with her daughter’s school or teachers after complaining too much, a court ruled Friday.

    …The woman’s complaints ranged from treatment of her daughter – described as “highly gifted” – to disagreements about curriculum, method of teaching and the safety of the school.

    In the 2004-2005 school year, the woman sent 50 e-mails and 20 letters to the school, and came nine times to visit.

    She also wrote 29 letters to the school board and others “to the National Complaint Commission, the Labor Inspection Service, the Educational Inspection Service, the Queen’s representative and the media,” the judgment said.

    In the future, the woman will be allowed to submit complaints to the school on a single page of paper once a month, the court ruled.

    CindyD (who tipped me to this) thought that she ought to homeschool. Perhaps (though a comment on the BloggingBaby site claims that it is illegal in the Netherlands). My thought is that she ought to start a blog of all her complaints. Then once a month she can submit a single page of permalinks to all her rants.

    2 + 2 = 17

    Filed on at 1:07 pm under by dcobranchi

    This gun/school bus story doesn’t add up, either.

    Porter County police, while concerned that a girl with a gun got on a school bus Wednesday afternoon, said they are relieved to find the weapon was just a BB pistol.

    …Police said the incident occurred about 2:40 p.m. Wednesday. The girl, who recently left the Washington Township schools to become home schooled, got on a Washington Township bus at its first stop. Also getting on the bus was another former Washington Township student, a boy who now attends school in Kouts.

    The bus driver didn’t know the pair no longer attended Washington Township, police said.

    The girl didn’t display the weapon or threaten anyone with it, and she and the Kouts student got off at the next stop.

    I drove a school bus for two years. Unless the school day has changed dramatically since the olden days, you don’t pick kids up in the afternoon. There’s no way they should have been allowed on the bus at the first stop. Something’s fishy.

    Fortunately, the schools and the police seem to have handled this properly (so far). Let’s just hope that the worst that comes of this is that she’s told she’s not to get on any more school buses.


    Filed on at 1:07 pm under by dcobranchi

    The story is scary enough, but the photo

    UPDATE: The paper removed the “horrible” photo.


    Filed on at 1:06 pm under by dcobranchi

    Here’s a nice profile of an HEK who just won a national yo-yo competition. You can use the standard passwords for access.


    Filed on October 8, 2005 at 7:24 am under by dcobranchi

    When the Moon is in the 7th horse.


    Filed on at 7:23 am under by dcobranchi

    This sounds pretty cool. A scientific foundation sponsors an expedition each summer which is broadcast live to schools around the world. This year twleve students (including one HEK) were able to go exploring in AZ’s Meteor Crater. The trip seems to have made a big impression on Anna Dykhoff:

    BECAUSE THIS YEAR’S theme for the expeditions is for students to explore the latest Mars research, Anna has found herself leaning toward pursuing a career as an astro-geologist with NASA.

    “When kids are younger they always say they want to be an astronaut,” she said. “But I never wanted to be one because they have to eat bad food and being in space for a long time can be bad for your muscles. But, I love astrology and I have always wanted a job with NASA.”

    I hope that astrology bit is a mistake by the reporter. Please let it be the reporter.


    Filed on at 7:23 am under by dcobranchi

    BloggingBaby gently tweaks a mom who has decided that she’s “un-preschooling” her kid.


    Filed on October 7, 2005 at 5:59 am under by dcobranchi

    The folks at Exodus Mandate want religious home educating families to preach the good news of home ed. Seriously.

    Every year many of us find ourselves answering questions from friends and relatives about home schooling. Frequently we also know the people asking questions are intrigued about home schooling, but they are timid to begin the adventure we have found so rewarding. No bridge has existed to help these families transition from early childhood or from public school into home schooling.

    Homeschooling Family to Family can become that bridge. Homeschooling Family to Family asks us to extend the hand of Christian fellowship as a home-schooling mentor to help a new family set aside personal fears and begin to home school. We want to encourage seasoned home schoolers to mentor at least one family per year by reaching out to relatives and friends and by helping them take the first step into home schooling! As experienced home schoolers, we can transform those inevitable kitchen-table and backyard conversations into positive home schooling outreach. And, in some cases, mentoring a new family into home schooling will become an opportunity to share the Gospel of Christ.

    Although I’m a relative newbie to homeschooling, I think I’ve earned my bona fides blogging over the last 3 1/2 years. I’m sold on the lifestyle, through and through. Still, I’m not sure this is a good idea. If someone asks how to get started, of course we all are willing to share. But reaching out and attempting to talk someone into it? Uh-uh.

    I can just picture one of us standing on a street corner with a copy of Holt, preaching to the unconverted g-schoolers.

    UPDATE: Izzy comes down mostly in favor on this. What do y’all think?


    Filed on at 5:58 am under by dcobranchi

    The A.P. pushed out an article on how some LA parents are turning to home education since many schools haven’t re-opened.

    Across Louisiana, families are turning to home-schooling as officials scramble to reopen shuttered schools. At least 800 families in Plaquemines Parish alone are affected, according to school officials.

    …”This is a beautiful short-term solution, especially given where we are now,” said Stephanie Riegel, a New Orleans resident now relocated to Baton Rouge with twin 9-year-old girls.

    Louisiana has done its best to encourage parents not to leave the public school system, urging them instead to enroll in schools wherever they’ve landed, said Meg Casper, a spokeswoman for the state Education Department. The East Baton Rouge Parish district, for example, has taken in more than 2,000 new students since Katrina hit.

    This one can’t be AATM. We’re talking the state here. A state that is facing a billion-dollar deficit and years of extra expenses. So what is it? Why should state educrats worry if kids are (temporarily) leaving the g-school system? Control?


    Filed on October 6, 2005 at 8:25 pm under by dcobranchi

    A Guinness Quicktime ad from Chris. Very cool.


    Filed on at 6:34 am under by dcobranchi

    I just thought this hed was funny:

    DriversEd.com Presents New Online Driving Course for Virginia Home-School Students

    I know it’s a serious topic. And I’m sure the classroom portion of driver’s ed can be delivered over the internet. I just get a mental image of kids using their mice to drive virtual cars.


    Filed on at 6:34 am under by dcobranchi

    CindyD passed along a link to another piece tying home education to child abuse.

    A well-known member of the Shelby County homeschool community has been indicted by a federal grand jury for interstate transportation of children for illegal sex acts… Walker is known in homeschool circles for his role in the founding of Evangel Christian School, a Helena-based organization formed as a ministry of Evangel Church, PCA.

    The paper seems to have the details correct, as the school does claim to be a “homeschool organization.”

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