It’s been a bit of a slow news week, especially on the homeschooling front except for the big news in that unschooling is probably going mainstream. No way to tell for sure, of course. But this article in Good Housekeeping sure seems to point in that direction.
On the national front, President Trump is cutting funds from the Education Department by 13.2% – what has been referred to as a dramatic downsizing. You can read all the details about that here.
I had a chance to read some very exciting books this week, which I will have posts about in the upcoming days but I wanted to mention one in particular that is excellent: Grit by Angela Duckworth. It is a fascinating look at what makes grit and the real surprise I found was that she sounds a lot like an unschooler when it comes right down to it. Do yourself a favor and read it!
Well, that’s it from me this side of Friday. Have a good weekend!
Hope the week has been easy on you. It’s Friday! Which means another edition of Homeschooling News and Views.
Here’s what been going on this week in the homeschooling world.
First, the news…
There has been much talk about homeschoolers, abuse and the supposed requirement of government oversight. This article does a fantastic job of addressing that. I posted this on my Facebook page and it’s still making the rounds.
Another excellent article you must read came out this week. This is a must read, especially for those of you who are stay at home or work at home moms. I know I’m tired of hearing that I’ve wasted my education! How about you?
Does free online education violate the American with Disabilities Act? Apparently, some (well meaning, I’m sure) bureaucrats think so. Read all about it here.
Happy Friday! Here’s what has been going on this week that caught my interest.
First the news…
President Trump mentioned homeschooling as a choice in his first speech before Congress. “These families should be free to choose the public, private, charter, magnet, religious or home school that is right for them.” You can read about it here.
Bumblebees rolling tiny balls caught the internet’s attention this week. Can you train a bee? Apparently, you can! Read about it here. The implications to learning in general are immense.
A good article about how technology can’t simply be used to replicate the lecture system – all it does is add a screen – was published by Washington Post this week. You can read that here.
Then the views…
This week, I wrote Imitation is the Sincerest Form of Ineptitude. An incident at an assembly line for my car made me think about how leaving an established system always ends up angering people. But we must choose to leave anyway. If we are committed to our convictions, anyway.
…my favorite part of this series. What I’ve been reading this week.
I’ve been delving deep into some self-assigned classical reading. I’m starting with the Greeks for now and moving onto the Romans. But just to keep it interesting, I’ve thrown in a few other things, too. I’m really, really enjoying Plato. (There’s something I never thought I’d say a few years ago!)
Well, that’s it from me this week. Have a good weekend!
I found this defense of writing about math in Common Core a good article. As I have mentioned before, I don’t have a problem with teaching different techniques of solving a math problem, it’s the this is the only way approach that is bothersome to me.
It’s raining out here in Sacramento, California as I write this and the rain seems to be dampening everyone’s spirits, because news this week is fairly tame.
(Except for those handpicked stories I am sharing here, of course.)
First up is the HSLDA story about HR 610 – a bill introduced in Congress that calls for all federal education dollars to be turned over to the states. The states are to then make them available as vouchers to all public, private and homeschools. According to the HSLDA, this will hurt your rights as homeschoolers and they oppose it as a matter of prudence and principle. You can read the details here.
Here’s a good opinion piece reacting to the call for all homeschooling families to be registered and checked on every four months to prevent child abuse in Iowa. Seriously, you can’t make this stuff up.
It’s Friday! Time for another edition of news and views of this week!
Earlier this week, Forbes published that education start ups are growing at an exponential rate. This is good news for more decentralized education outside of state control. The more private businesses get involved, the better.
A columnist at the New York Post asks why schools have stopped teaching American history. As you probably know if you read this blog that history is a subject close to my heart – one we take quite seriously in our homeschool. This article makes some good points.
Some local news I found interesting (and maddening!) coming out of Iowa where lawmakers want to call for a state teacher to visit families in their homes every four months as a “safety net.” Apparently, this will prevent abuse. There aren’t enough angry emojis on my keyboard for how I feel.
It’s been a busy news week for homeschooling and education with some fairly interesting news and views coming our way.
On Wednesday, the Supreme Court heard arguments over a case advocates described as the most significant issue to reach the court in thirty years. The question was the level of education schools owe disabled children – “some” a.k.a. something just above trivial or something more meaningful. You can read the entire story here.
This one surprised me: as it turns out, there are at last check 2.8 million people over 60 with student loans with approximately $66.7 billion in student debt. Yes, you read that right. They are over sixty and the population is growing. They are borrowing this for their grandchildren.
If you’re like most homeschoolers, you have a general interest in what changes will come to public education under President Trump. Bill Gates recently met with him and had this to say.
“I had an opportunity to talk to him about innovation. A lot of his message has been about things where he sees things not as good as he’d like. But in the same way that President Kennedy talked about the space mission and got the country behind that, I think that whether it’s education or stopping epidemics, other health breakthroughs, finishing polio, and in this energy space, there can be a very upbeat message that his administration is going to organize things, get rid of regulatory barriers, and have American leadership through innovation be one of the things that he gets behind. Of course, my whole career has been along those lines. And he was interested in listening to that. And I’m sure there will be further conversation.”
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