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[6 Sep 2010 | 5 Comments | ]
Loving Math Because It’s Useful - Knitting

Why couldn’t they have used knitting to teach math in 10th grade?

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[30 Apr 2008 | 7 Comments | ]

Chelsea Link says this about her extraordinary, yet relaxed, life: “I think I’ve had a pretty normal high school experience . . . just without the high school.”
Another interesting quote by Christopher Watson, admissions dean at Northwestern, “We haven’t changed the way we review applications, but the way home-schoolers are submitting applications has changed,” he said. “They’ve become very good at taking out the question marks.”
Perhaps it’s a combination of the two? Northwestern may not have changed it’s admissions process, but other universities have.
Congratulations Chelsea! Reading science magazines and …

Education - General, High School, Homeschooling, Person-Inspired Learning, Stress, Success »

[15 Feb 2008 | 6 Comments | ]

As we all know, school isn’t the best match for those who are highly creative. It’s no wonder, then, that many songs by talented artists express criticism of school. People of genius, and that includes musicians, don’t belong in school.
I was listening to some Paul Simon today, who is undoubtedly a musical genius, and heard this song, called Kodachrome.
Kodachrome - Words & music by Paul Simon
When I think back
On all the crap I learned in high school
It’s a wonder
I can think at all
And though my lack of edu—cation
Hasn’t hurt me …

High School, Higher Education, Homeschooling, Parenting »

[5 Dec 2007 | One Comment | ]

MIT has had its college level open courseware available for a while. Now, they are introducing a new set of online self-paced courses for the high schooler, or adults who would like to brush up on high-school level material.

Deschooling, High School, Homeschooling »

[20 May 2007 | 3 Comments | ]

When I was a teen, I always had a job. Not because I needed money, but because if I didn’t have one, I knew I’d be hanging with the stone-heads instead. And, well, to be honest, it got me away from my family and from school where I least wanted to be.
I worked at a music and video store for a long time, and got all the inside info about local concerts. So, I worked my butt off stocking and working the register, then spent all my money on gas, …

High School, Homeschooling, Stress, Worry »

[17 May 2007 | 8 Comments | ]

Take a moment and think about what really matters.
The New York Times reported today that nationally, high school kids don’t know “basic [history] facts like the effect of the cotton gin on the slave economy or the causes of the Korean War.”
Experts worry that kids who don’t know basic facts about history can’t make wise choices in elections.
All this testing and seeing what people know and don’t know - it doesn’t matter. Even if every person came out of school miraculously knowing everything about history, would it really make a …

High School, Homeschooling, unschooling »

[23 Feb 2007 | 2 Comments | ]

In one of my earlier comments, Lucie posted a link to her wonderful blog about her journey on learning how to be a homeschool mom of teens, after years of being in the public school system. She’s come so far in such a short time, it almost brings tears to my eyes (tears of pride). The peace her family has found flows off the page. If only all families, and all mamas could feel that feeling. Wouldn’t this would be a better place?

High School, Homeschooling, In The News »

[10 Feb 2007 | One Comment | ]

Our modern high schools, which have kids going to class all day, five days a week, do a poor job of truly preparing our kids for an adulthood which doesn’t look like 9-5. There’s little flexibility in what a teen can study, how they manage their days and how they get real life experience.
This article in the LA Times gives me hope that our young kids, when they are teens, will have more choice and more flexibility in learning what they need for their adult lives. Online classes certainly are …

High School, Homeschooling, Progressive Homeschooling, unschooling »

[8 Feb 2007 | No Comment | ]

The articles over at ProgressiveU aren’t always fantabular. But this one.. oh, … how it glows.
It’s written by a teen, who was inspired by the Teenage Liberation Handbook, and John Holt.
Here’s a short excerpt:
I guess I’ll stop here and explain more clearly exactly what unschooling is. It’s a lot like homeschooling, but with the absence of teachers and/or a curriculum. The whole philosophy is that children can be trusted to have a desire for knowledge; that they want to know things and they want to “learn what is necessary to …

Education - General, High School, Homeschooling, In The News, Progressive Homeschooling, unschooling »

[11 Dec 2006 | No Comment | ]

Some of you are going to really like this article by Daniel H. Pink.
I hope he’s right. And I know at least one person who has a similar view of the future.
I don’t think homeschooling’s going to have such a direct effect. But who knows. I won’t complain if the world proves me wrong.

Education - General, High School, Homeschooling »

[4 Nov 2006 | 2 Comments | ]

Spunky’s Blog entry today comments on the surprise “safety drill” at Lee Middle School and High School, in Wyoming, Michigan.
She treated the subject really well from a Christian perspective. I recommend reading it, even if you aren’t Christian. She’s one smart whip.
I’m not sure what kind of neighborhood these children live in. Perhaps having pat-downs and and riot police scouting their community is common enough to be a necessary item to teach. But here’s what I find particularly disturbing about what happened.
1) According to the article, the parents had no …

Education - General, High School, Homeschooling »

[28 Sep 2006 | No Comment | ]

Edspresso makes an interesting commentary that allowing teens to work in hospitals as part of their high school experience is a step in the right direction.
I agree, so long as they do not make spending some time in a hospital mandatory to graduate high school.

High School, Homeschooling »

[23 Sep 2006 | One Comment | ]

MIT’s opencourseware should be in every homeschooler’s bookmarks (or dare I say any person who likes to educate themselves?). If you, or your teens, are applying to MIT, stating that you’ve completed some of these courses gives you a big advantage. This is also a great way to introduce one’s self to higher math, science and pretty much every other subject - for free.
Yale is starting a pilot program to do something similar. Although the free online courses may never replace going to college, it is a great way to …