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Table of Contents HEM July-August 1992

Editorial - by Mark and Helen Hegener
A discussion of the value of networking and communication within the homeschooling community: "Knowledge is power and power means control. That is what our educational system has become, an institution in control of knowledge."

Freedoms & Responsibility - by Helen Hegener
An examination of the issues surrounding the controversy of homeschooling mother Mary Foley, who chose to fight the Massachusetts homeschooling law: "I do not have a curriculum. I never used one. My educational method precludes the use of a curriculum. My method has been successful enough to produce a daughter who is a member of the National Honor Society and twin sons who, after one year of school (fourth grade), tested in the top one percent of a national placement test for two consecutive years. I contend that though my method does not satisfy the unconstitional requirement of conformity, it does meet the requirement that my children be educated."

An Interview with Mary Foley - by Wanda Rezac
An interview with Mary Foley, who chose to fight the Massachusetts homeschooling law on the basis of the first amendment right to freedom of expression: "If you aren't free to form your beliefs, you aren't free to express them. I feel that children have a right to form their own beliefs, and it's my responsibility to protect their right to do so."

How Our School Year Went to the Dogs - by Shari Henry
Shari Henry describes how her family's planned curriculum fell by the wayside as they embraced the lessons to be learned from their new puppy: "My mother-in-law remarked that TJ would learn much more from having a dog to care for and watch grow than any schoolwork I had in mind anyway. Wise words from a wise woman."

History From the Kid Up - by Muffler Dean
Practical advice on teaching - and learning - history "from the kid up" - "The most important thing to your child is, frankly, your child. All of us think that person we see in the mirror every morning is unquestionably the most fascinating human ever born, though we adults are usually too polite to go around bragging about it. Build on your child's natural and appropriate self-centeredness."

On Being Absent From Homeschool - by Alison McKee
How should a homeschooler keep attendance records? Alison McKee explains why her children are always "present and accounted for."

How to Start Tracing Your Ancestry - by Vada McRae Gipson
A primer on geneology, and why it could be valuable for your kids: "Geography and history will become more meaningful, because they will be able to name an ancestor who was there."

The Myth of Learning Disabilities - by Terri Endsley
An in-depth report on the escalating problem of labeling children: "What's wrong with a child who is full of energy and wants to actively explore his world on his own? Is he hyperactive or just a normal, healthy youngster?" Part of a special feature section on learning disabilities in this issue.

To Be (LD)? or Not To Be (LD) That WAS the Question - by Pat George
A family's personal experiences with learning disabilities and labelling.

Pat Montgomery On Learning Disabilities - by Pat Montgomery
Dr. Pat Montgomery, founder and director of Clonlara School in Ann Arbor, Michigan, discusses the questions of labeling children, learning disabilities, and the alphabet soup of initials: EMI, EI, MBD, MI, ABD, etc. Part of a special feature section on learning disabilities in this issue.

Symptoms to Watch For - by Patrick Farenga
Patrick Farenga and Susannah Sheffer share an excerpt from their booklet "Everyone is Able: Exploding the Myth of Learning Disabilities." Part of a special feature section on learning disabilities in this issue.

Homeschooling Families - What Are They Made of? - by Diane McLain Bengson
An examination of what makes homeschooling families chose and then stick with home based education: "What makes homeschooling click for these families?"

Learning On the Road - by Susan D Lanier Graham
How to plan for an enjoy your next family vacation - the perfect opportunity to take your classroom on the road.

Year-Round Family Vacations - by Craig Conley
Suggestions for making family travel more interesting and educational, with ideas for specific resources geared to vacationing families.

Good Stuff - by Becky Rupp
Resource reviews: Geography resources in depth, reviews of a Mathematical Mystery Tour, Bare Books, Old News, Chem Matters, Cartoon History of the Universe, Hands-On Equations and more.

Higher Education - by Carolyn Lewan
Working with mentors, reasons why they can be a helpful adjunct to a child's education.

Talk About Learning - by Earl Gary Stevens
Earl and his son Jamie discover the world of radio broadcasting.

Reflections - by Kathleen Creech
Kathleen and her kids explore the wonderful world of learning together.


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