News and Views of the Week

Oh, goody! Another Friday! Have you ever noticed that the first half of the week seems positively uphill? And then once Wednesday comes along, it’s like the rest is just easy-peasy? That’s exactly how it went this week.

However, we have more important matters to talk about than the vagaries of my week, so here we go!

First the News…

This post about why Dutch children seem to be the happiest in the world caught my eye. And it seems true enough on the surface, but I have no insight into Dutch culture, so I’d love to know what you think.

And this is a blast from the past, but a good one nonetheless and related to the story above. It popped up in my Facebook memories and I thought I’d share it again. It asks: Are today’s parents getting a raw deal?

In the online world, two stories seemed worth posting. One is about apps like Duolingo, which I love, that make use of waiting time to teach you something new. I must say I love this trend. Another seeks to remove eight of the most common online learning myths.

… then the Views!

Boy, was I glad to be at work this week! Apparently, I don’t do so well when I have nothing to do. This week, I actually discovered gel pens and a fantastic coloring book. And that derailed my reading. So I was only able to get to two good books, but oh, are they good! And long. I’ll have more to say about Three Squares soon.

Remember, Create Your Own Homeschooling Curriculum is at the lowest price ever now – for preorder until May 18th – get it now and it will be delivered to your Kindle in May. If you are thinking about creating your own curriculum, this guide is indispensable!

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The Classical Unschooler’s News and Views of the Week

Happy Friday, homeschoolers! I have quite a mixed bag of news and views for you this week. So let’s get to it.

First the news…

On the international front, homeschooling has now been banned in China. And remember the Romeike family? Well, here’s another family in Germany whose children were taken away because they dared to homeschool.

While not related to homeschooling, this story about a dad in the UK who was fined because he dared to let his child miss school for a trip to Disneyland. His words are what got everyone’s attention on my Facebook page.

“You are not the final arbiter of what’s right for your child,” he said.

In education related news closer to home, student loan protections have recently been withdrawn.

And in things to chew on, this article about what really makes good readers caught my eye. I distinctly remember my daughter using invented spelling before she began to read, but I don’t recall such a thing with my son. Either way, something to think about.

…then the views!

I took most of the week off to catch up on reading and as a treat for finishing my book Create Your Own Homeschooling Curriculum: A Step by Step Guide which comes out in May. If you haven’t pre-ordered it, you should do so now! The price will go up in May.

I’m still muddling my way through Greek philosophy and drama in my self appointed assignments, but I did have time to delve into the history of the Middle East as well, which I found fascinating and also to read some children’s books!

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News and Views of the Week

Friday already? Well, well. It’s been a long week. But here’s some interesting news has come out lately that could be of interest to homeschoolers.

First the News…

President Trump says we have to end Common Core and make education policy more local.

Remember the Supreme Court ruling about the boy with special education needs? How will that decision affect the future? Here’s some discussion about it.

HSLDA has been fairly active in the news this week: parents in South Dakota can give “notice” to the school for absence and do not require to “apply” for their children’s leave. It is also trying to work with New Mexico to remove the daytime curfew bill.

And then the Views!

If you missed my announcement last week, here it is again. My new book Create Your Own Homeschooling Curriculum: A Step by Step Guide is now available for pre order!

Here’s what the back of the book says:

The homeschoolers I know are not content to sit back and accept what a textbook says. Research for them takes up more time than any actual teaching. I will find them in libraries and online groups and message boards, poring over lists and more lists of books. They will go to the conventions, listen to the speakers, unearth books at yard sales and even thrift stores to teach their children.
With this kind of drive, it’s not hard to imagine someone consciously crafting their own curriculum.
If you have a burning desire to create your own curriculum for your children, you have come to the right place. In this book, you will learn the preliminary work that is necessary before you even think about putting something together and then I will guide you step by step into how exactly to do it.

Order it today and it will be delivered to your Kindle when released in May.

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Best Education Related Stories of the Month

It’s been a good, full month of education and homeschooling related news. So instead of my weekly news and views, I thought I’d do a “best of” feature.

These were the news stories that got the most interaction on Facebook and elsewhere.

On to the news…

Unschooling was mentioned in Good Housekeeping in March, a sure sign that it’s going mainstream.

A post that got quite a few comments on Facebook was also this one where scientists claimed that learning styles are essentially nonsense. See if you can read and agree or – as some of my readers did – completely disagree.

Also in news this month, not directly related to education but interesting from a family’s point of view, a coded text and how a dad chose to respond.

And if you’re a stay at home mom, you must, must read this rebuttal of the common idea that you’ve wasted your education.

And more news!

On the more personal front, I’ve done very little reading this week. But I have a very good reason for it. Here it is.


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News and Views of the Week

It’s been a mixed bag sort of week for homeschoolers. Lots of interesting news to delve into. So let’s get right to it!

First the News…

Should you trust learning styles or shouldn’t you? If you’ve watched your children’s personalities and taught them as they learn best, you know what works with them. But scientists are now saying there is no such thing as learning styles.

A wonderful collection of pictures of homeschooled children also caught my eye this week and reminded me of much of our homes. Some of these are great.

An argument for why kids should start academics later rather than sooner was covered here. In the same vein, I was glad to read in a mainstream news outlet that we make children sit still for way too long in schools. The solution may not what we want (yet) but it’s a start.

A coded text and how this family uses it to protect their children also made the news this week. I so love this idea!

Then the views!

It’s been a busy week and I haven’t had much of a chance to read. It is at times like these that I grab the shorter books so I at least have a sense of completion. I save the longer ones for when there’s time to delve deep.

This is what I’ve been reading this week. If you wish, you can follow me on Goodreads where I list what I am reading as well. My current goal is 200 books this year.

Have a great weekend!

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News and Views of the Week

First the news…

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.

A new study released this week shows the benefits of actually writing things down with pen and paper as more helpful to learning than typing with a keyboard.

And here’s proof of why homeschoolers & unschoolers are better learners as adults: teaching others is the best way to learn, according to this article.

Then the views!

I’ve been continuing my study in the Greek classics – which I briefly mentioned in my post yesterday: The Real Tragedy of Education Today

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!

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News and Views of the Week

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.

Unschooling is in the news again. We’re going mainstream!

And in local news, Kentucky homeschool students can now be involved in public school teams.

Then the views!

This has been a busy week for me, but I did manage to carve out some time to read. As I said in my post last Friday, I’ve been quite taken by the Greeks, especially Plato.

So this is what I’ve been reading this week. Some of these are excellent. I’ll have a separate post on them soon.

Have a good weekend! Enjoy the changing weather!

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Homeschooling News and Views of the Week

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.

I also have a review of sorts about Shoe Dog by Phil McKnight, the founder of Nike. It reminded me of a few things I have written in the past.

And I have the Top Five Apps To Use With Children. We use these apps all the time and we love them. I especially like that the kids adore them.

And finally…

…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!

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Homeschooling News and Views of the Week

Oh, look it’s been a week already and here we are heading into the weekend. From what I read, there isn’t much that is new, but there are some developing stories worth mentioning.

First up, the HSLDA pledged support to what is called the last homeschooling family in Sweden. Thomas and Marita Sandberg of Mörbylånga, Sweden, have endured threats, fines, investigations, and even public shaming as they continue to defend their right to teach their own children. The Sandbergs are currently live in Finland.

More news on the Buffalo mother who has now been separated from her children for 45 days. She has now filed a civil rights case.

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.

In local news, cursive writing might become part of the curriculum in Ohio schools, Arkansas homeschooling advocates push to let homeschoolers play school sports and an Internet poll in Texas reveals parents want a removal of tests, not school choice.

My reading this week has been a little fantasy and a little fun.

And that wraps up another News and Views post. See you next week!

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News and Views of the Week

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.

If you’ve been following the news story of the Buffalo mother who pulled her children from public school to homeschool them and then had CPS take the children away, you can read the follow up to that here. Last I heard, HSLDA has taken up the case, so I will post more when I have further information.

This post to homeschool children to keep them away from someone who is in favor of homeschooling struck me as funny.

New books in the last 30 days I am looking forward to reading: Power Play: How Video Games Can Save the WorldThe Importance of Being Little: What Young Children Really Need from Grownups, Norse Mythology (those of you who are Neil Gaiman fans, this is a double attraction!) and The Homeschool Life Coloring Book

And, oh, if you are a coloring book kind of person, you should check out this deal on gel pens I shared on my Facebook page last week. 80 gel pens for under $16! Claim it here:

Have a great weekend!

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