The 4 Beliefs and the 2 Tyrannies

This is my final installment sharing why homeschoolers are not ready to Do Something Else. It is entitled The 4 Beliefs and the 2 Tyrannies. 4 Mistaken Beliefs that Drive Our Homeschooling: Belief #1: My children don’t have a Father. Of course, they have a biological...

9 More Homeschool Quotes!

“If you have told your child a thousand times and he still does not understand, then it is not the child who is the slow learner.” Walter Barbee “There is no school equal to a decent home and no teacher equal to a virtuous parent.” ― Mahatma Gandhi...

Get Serious About Entrepreneurship

We do our children a great disservice when we assume their only future lies in the realm of employment. What are we thinking! The New Entrepreneurial worldview has three common threads: We must see business as a collaboration, not a competition. Benefiting others...

Back to the land of the living

“In government schools, there is nothing asked of children that is real. There is nothing important to do there.” –John Gatto, New York State Teacher of the Year I had spent a week visiting James in Wisconsin and watched his show twice. The rest of the time we just...

Is 35 the New College Number?

I was recently struck by two statistics concerning college, both of which included the number 35. Statistic #1: 35 thousand dollars is the amount of student loan debt the average college graduate acquires while earning his, or her, diploma. Statistic #2: 35 percent of...

What is the “best” foreign language for your children?

I am a strong proponent of young people learning Greek and Latin root words rather than the traditional language choices offered by state schools. Traditional languages are rarely mastered in a school setting since true mastery of languages only comes by immersion in...

Preparing Your Child for High School Math

Many public schooled students come to high school-level math lacking the foundational math concepts they need to succeed. This is largely due to the fact that public schooled students are encouraged to use calculators from an early age yet the student may never...

What Would You Call It?

Take a look at the image to the left. What would you call it? Most would call it “acorn” because that is what we have always known it to be called. These things are all over the ground where I live (East Tennessee) because their trees are all over the place here. Now,...

A Millionaire Seeks the Purpose of a Public Education

I am sending excerpts from a very long article entitled Venture Capitalist Searches for the Meaning of School. Here’s What He Found in order to encourage homeschoolers that a huge shift is coming in how children will one day be educated. It is encouraging because the...

What Is Context?

Textbooks inform. Context educates. If we want to educate and not just inform, what, then, is “context”? First, here are a few of my favorite quotes which should give away where I am headed: “Some inner clock is ticking in every life, warning us we have appointments...

Fear As Your Driver

What drives the decisions you make as you homeschool? You might be surprised to hear me say, “For most homeschoolers, their homeschooling decisions are driven by fear.” This has been true as long as I have been involved in homeschooling and with other homeschooling...

The 2 Most Important Questions Parents Don’t Ask

One day, God appeared to a childless woman and told her she would conceive and give birth to a son. The Lord also told her that her son would have a specific purpose for his existence. When the woman told this to her husband, he asked that the Lord would reappear to...