The Evolution of Public Education A Case for Parents to Start Homeschooling? Many teachers, students, and parents don’t have a positive outlook on programs such as No Child Left Behind, despite its catchy, encouraging name. Even more clearly, the science and data has shown that standardized testing isn’t necessarily the best thing for our students; […]

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Race to The Abyss Race to The Top is A Failed Program Well, as with most government programs, Race to the Top has failed– and not just in terms of helping children succeed in their educational endeavors, but it has also failed taxpayers and teachers. I should probably start by explaining what Race to the […]

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The Rise of Bureaucratic Control I’ve been reading a book every teacher, homeschooler and educator should read. It’s Diane Ravitch’s The Death and Life of the Great American School System and it’ makes a compelling case for more teacher autonomy and less Standardized testing. At first, I threw it down upon hearing that idea that […]

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Sometimes Kids Think History is Boring There are many reasons why September 11, 2001 stands out in people’s minds. What are the reasons for you? The atrocity of it all? The magnitude of the buildings that came down in New York City? The number of people who died in the attacks? The fact that it […]

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The Virtues of Truth, Beauty, And Goodness Have you heard any home schooling friends talk about something called, Classical Conversations? Do you have a neighbor whose kids attend a classical Christian school? Does your nephew go to a classical charter school? You could be wondering, “What in the world does “classical” mean? As you hear […]

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parent teacher relationships

Parent and Teacher Relationships Maximizing Learning Opportunities During my tenure as an elementary teacher at a classical Christian school, one day I mentioned an issue I was having with a student to my principal. Before I knew it the principal called the parents and set up a meeting with them for that same afternoon to […]

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Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association Can One Person Really Make a Difference? When I landed my first teaching job I was approached on several occasions to be reminded that I hadn’t turned in my PSEA information form and dues. PSEA stands for Pennsylvania State Education Association which is Pennsylvania’s arm of the NEA, National Education […]

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learning styles

Students and Their Learning Styles Oops! Where’s the Motivation? Picture this: School has been out for a month and there is a home school curricula convention coming up. You aren’t sure what in the world to teach for middle school history next year, and you talk to several friends about what they do for history. […]

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labeling children

Labeling Children When my daughter was 4 years old I was teaching her how to read, and in the very beginning stages I noticed that she was having a hard time doing what I showed her how to do when it came to copying the print. To make a short story shorter, she needed to […]

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teaching struggling readers

How to Teach Language Arts to the Struggling Reader Can you relate to this? Your struggling student loves to read things that interest him, but fights you every step of the way if it doesn’t capture his criteria for what is interesting! You spent good money for a great language arts curriculum, and it includes […]

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