Mimi Rothschild: Taking over homeschooling?

I’ve waited two days to write this post, believing it’s best to err on the side of caution when the stakes are potentially very high. Having waited two days, and having considered all the harassing phone calls, all the blisteringly-written letters, all the provoking emails, all the threatened lawsuits… well… enough is enough.

Mimi Rothschild contacted our advertising manager last week “seeking to run a large ad campaign in Home Education Magazine.” Knowing our lengthy history with this individual – her last contentious email and phone call were in February – our advertising manager contacted us and asked if we wanted to run her advertisements. We said no, we did not want her advertising in our magazine, for reasons which can be readily identified through our past communications with Mimi and her multiple dbas and aliases.

True to form, when we said no, Mimi called our advertising manager, Barb Lundgren, “…to try to persuade her to intercede and impress her with the Rothchild plan of spending big and overwhelming the homeschool market with K-12 options…” (Barb’s phrasing). Barb explained her concern about Mimi’s plan: “She says she’s just spent $28,000 with The Link, $20,000 with Homeschool Today and lots more with websites and other publications in her broad commitment to completely and effectively take over the homeschool market. She detailed this not in an egotistic way, but in a simple business strategy way.”

Well… From what we’ve seen, Mimi Rothschild has been working in this direction for many years. Two years ago an incomplete listing of her multitudinous websites included: thegraceacademy.org, christianhomeschoolers.info, familyhomeschooling.com, helpforhomeschooling.com, homeschoolercentral.com, homeschoolersworld.com, homeschoolinganswers.com, homeschoolingdepot.com, homeschoolingforchrist.com, homeschoolingguide.org, homeschoolinghome.com, homeschoolinginfo.org, homeschoolingkids.org, homeschoolinglinks.net, homeschoolingmadeeasy.com, homeschoolingpro.org, homeschoolingreading.com, homeschoolingzone.com, homeschoooling.com, newversion.org, radiograce.com, radiograce.net, radiograce.org, thenarniaacademy.com, thenarniaacademy.net, thenarniaacademy.org, thevictorymathacademy.com, thevictorymathacademy.org, victorymath.com, victorymath.org, victorymathacademy.com, victorymathacademy.org, cyberschoolmail.org, eschoolhouse.org, homeschoolingsports.com, interactiveeducationnetwork.com, interactiveeducationnetwork.org, jubileeacademy.net, jubileeacademy.org, kidsstarport.com, learningbygrace.org, newhopehomeschool.com, newhopehomeschool.org, readingcamp.com, satacademy.org, theimagineacademy.org, thejubileeacademy.com, thejubileeacademy.net, thejubileeacademy.org, themorningstaracademy.org, thenhca.com, thesatacademy.org, tutorbots.com, southernbaptistacademy.com, southernbaptistacademy.net, southernbaptistacademy.org, southernbaptistelementaryschool.com, southernbaptistelementaryschool.net, southernbaptistelementaryschool.org, southernbaptisthighschool.com, southernbaptisthighschool.net, southernbaptisthighschool.org, southernbaptisthomeschooler.com, southernbaptisthomeschooler.net, southernbaptisthomeschooler.org, southernbaptisthomeschooling.com, southernbaptisthomeschooling.net, southernbaptisthomeschooling.org, southernbaptistmiddleschool.com, southernbaptistmiddleschool.net, southernbaptistmiddleschool.org, southernbaptistonlineacademy.com, southernbaptistonlineacademy.net, southernbaptistonlineacademy.org, southernbaptistschool.net, southernbaptistschool.org, thesouthernbaptistacademy.com, thesouthernbaptistacademy.net, thesouthernbaptistacademy.org, thesouthernbaptistonlineacademy.com, thesouthernbaptistonlineacademy.net, thesouthernbaptistonlineacademy.org

By anyone’s standards, that’s a pretty serious penchant for domain names. If anyone doubts the veracity of any of the above URLs, here’s where to check them out. It doesn’t take long to determine that most of these sites are simply link farms to each other, creating a virus-like network of carefully inbred efforts. Link collections and “resource listings” within the sites appear impressive at first glance, but almost all of them also go back to Mimi’s own sites.

A side note: Mimi’s latest website is a shrill grandstanding howl about the California legal situation which has been picked up by the Reuters news agency. A much more reasoned response can be found at websites for the Homeschool Association of California and the California Homeschool Network.

Be that as it may… I can’t fault anyone for making use of the Internet in creative new ways. We have quite a few domain names ourselves. But in light of her stated intention to “…completely and effectively take over the homeschool market…” her propensity for inventing websites makes me wonder if she isn’t already well on her way to achieving that goal.

And here’s where things start getting really interesting. Almost all of Mimi’s sites include a link to her rather impressive Curriculum Vitae, which touts her as a “27 years successful veteran providing fiscal, strategic and operational leadership in education, technology and manufacturing.” The site lists her as having authored seven books and over 500 articles; a CEO several times over; founder of multiple academies; Recipient of Small Business Innovation Research Award; developed the largest cyber charter school serving K-12 students in the world; a sculptor who’s provided sculpting and design services to Walt Disney, Franklin Mint, Lenox China and others; developed radio programs for Christian markets around the country; and her listing of services, honors and awards is almost mind-boggling.

But with minor exceptions, the only source of information about these impressive achievements is her own vast collection of websites, which promote her as “a homeschooling visionary” and an “Activist/National Expert on Parent, Student and Children’s Rights including Homeschooling and education alternatives.”

What the heck’s going on here?

As strange as it may seem, there are very few clues left scattered around the Internet, but years of dealing with Mimi have given me a collection of information about her which has not yet been successfully purged (brace yourself for this little tour):

American Homeschool Association’s News Blog:
Is There a Lawyer in the House?
This is, in large part, an overblown reaction to a post by our old friend Daryl Cobranchi at his own blog, Cobranchi.com. There are some pretty interesting comments at that blog, well worth clicking over and reading a few. Also interesting are the email exchanges between Daryl and Mimi, which Daryl generously shares for everyone’s elucidation in this post.

[An aside: As a result of the illuminating exchange between them, Mimi bought up the domain names cobranchi.net, cobranchi.info, and cobranchi.org – to what purpose is anyone’s guess.]

But back to the AHA blog above, in which the conversation continued as people shared observations and comments. Here’s a sampling:

“Mimi Rothschild’s new company Learning By Grace is advertising something they call Partners By Grace and it looks to me like it may be a way for her to catch more unsuspecting homeschool fish with one net. My memories of her involvement with Einstein Academy are way too fresh for me to imagine that this could be legitimate.”

“Just so everyone knows, Sara is probably someone from the Grace Academy. Its a long known tactic of theirs to post under many different guises as “satisfied customers”…”

“i’m always one to give the benefit of the doubt, but after hearing about the home schooling legal issues, i think it’s too many accidents in her career to be a coincidence.”

“Have you seen the list of lawsuits againt her, her husband and their companies at http://courts.phila.gov and searching under last name Rothschild and first initial M? If you search under their company Learning By Grace you come up with even more!”

And then a comment by Mimi taking Daryl to task, followed by two gushingly supportive posts from “Shelly” and “DJ.” The next post is mine, pointing out that all three posts are from the same IP address. Daryl adds that a “Lauren” at his blog has the same IP address.

I commented again: “Our office manager tells me Mimi has called trying to contact me and discern what she’s done to upset me. Mimi – if you’re reading this don’t bother to call our office again. I’m not there and they usually don’t know where I am. If you’ve got something to say, say it in public.”

Another comment by me on the same day: “She called back and harassed our office manager, Stacy, again. Mimi asked her about our ad manager, Barb Lundgren, and our friend and ex-columnist Ann Zeise. She asked if we’re Christians, called Stacy a liar, accused her of being me in disguise, claimed she’s a millionaire and has a good lawyer, threatened a lawsuit… Typical Mimi stuff.”

Mimi replied with another comment of her own, asking in part, “I have requested that you contact me so that I can help make right whatever it is that you think I have done to you or others. I do not believe we have ever met or spoken and I would very much appreciate the opportunity to respond to your allegations.”

I replied: “Mimi, I am not going to talk to you in private. If you have something to say, say it here where whoever is interested and involved in this can read it – and many people are much more interested and involved than I am at this point. I am merely providing an interactive forum. Use it.”

There’s an exchange between myself and Mie Kenedy, who is a representative of the company which made the TypePad blog, Six Apart, and a bona fide questionable post is removed at Mimi’s request. I wrote, “Thank you for informing me of your decision, Mie. We are in the process of moving all our weblogs to our own server where we can control the content of situations such as this one with Mimi Roth (her real name). It’s a very long, very sad story…”

The next post made me carefully consider how deep this whole thing was getting: “…this has gotten way freaky. I am sorry you have to put up with this for merely mentioning another site where the information was first mentioned. I do not understand the motivations or drive behind anyone that would persue you in this manner. At least by keeping the records public, there are multiple witnesses to the events, and not the typical ‘your word against her word’ scenario. Good luck Helen. This one is rather scary.”

Over the next few months the comments kept coming in:

“Regardless of the smoke screen anyone may try to create, the freedom of speech, expression and opinion has always served best when done in an open, public and transparent fashion. Anyone who suggests that discussion only take place in private looks like they have something to hide.”

“Our children at Einstein for just a few days. When they failed to produce the needed materials and resourses to educate our children we withdrew. To our surprise Mimi, who had been nothing but a charmer tore into us like a pitbull on bacon grease. When we tried to calmly bring the Lord into the conversation she screamed,”Don’t bring God into this…”. While the pressures of the moment might have been truly monumental on Mimi at the time, that one statement revealed a very troubling thought. When you are in ministry where are youi not supposed to bring God into it?”

“What happened is sickening, Rothschild and Mandel (her husband) basically bilked the state out of money for a year, spent next to none of it on the students and curriculum as they were supposed to, and instead funded their own private enterprise. The fact that they appear to have gotten away with it makes me sick, and my whole experience with Einstein has made me wary of any charter schools. I would be happy to discuss this further with you, and please don’t let Mimi know I wrote you, the woman is crazy and would probably level a suit at me!”

“These people have so many aliases its not even funny. Just go to http://courts.phila.gov/ and put in all versions of their names and their companies:
Mimi Rothschild
Miriam Rothschild
Miriam Roth
Howard Mandel
Howie Mandel
Tutorbots
Einstein Academy
Learning By Grace
there might be more that I don’t even know of
I guarantee you will find lawsuits under each name. I would also recommend paying the twenty bucks it takes to do a public records search on Mimi. I am sure you will find it very informative.”

“People do your research on what it takes to become “accredited” From the research I have done, it doesn’t take much. Pretty much anyone can claim they are accredited, its almost as easy as getting something notarized. Ask Mimi who they are accredited by and then research the company that accredited them!”

“I just read all of the comments on this page… I also recently read Daryls page, http://criss-news.blogspot.com/. I’ve found all of it to be incredibly interesting. I have a huge story of my own with Mimi, at this time I am not sure it would be wise to share, due to incredibly similar threats I have received from her. It’s amazing how I have had such a similar experience. To reveal a little bit about myself, I have known this woman for many many years, and she just recently turned on me(I had no idea about the stuff I am reading by the way about her behavior). She has made threat after threat to me over the past 7 months and I finally had to file a Protection From Abuse order against her for stalking me, my husband and his family. Then in court, she asked for a continuance twice, over 12 weeks in total, wasting my time in court, she knows how to twist any language, oh and shes not afraid to lie to the judge either. It has been a horrible experience. Like someone else said, she is simply a sad person. She feels as though she is the victim, but she doesn’t realize that she needs to take control of her own actions. As one person put it, “Mimi, you will have to reap what you sew, nothing in life happens coincidentally. Events and actions lead to consiquences and reactions, you are not exempt!” It’s really a sad thing and I have empathy for her, I really do. But my empathy ends when someone attacks me and my family. It’s a pretty tragic story and maybe I will post it at some point. I really don’t want to hurt her any more by even posting this message, but I just needed to reach out, its nice to know that I am not the only one dealing with her.(Not that I want anyone else to suffer, but there is something that helps about knowing that I am not alone, it also helps to be able to see that this is a pattern of hers, so if it comes down to it, I will be able to show the courts!) P.S. If you don’t know about a Protection From Abuse order, it is not a civil charge or a criminal charge, it doesn’t ask anything of the “defendant”, she doesn’t even have to admit any guilt. I don’t want money from this woman, I don’t want anything from her. All the PFA asks for is for her to stop harassing me!”

The comments on that blog post only get worse. More condemning, more concerning, more convincing. I think there are about 60 now, and the latest one is from just a couple of weeks ago: “Learning By Grace is a joke. How can one company teach a Protestant view of Christianity and a Catholic view? While Mimi Rothschild and Howie Mandel will claim that it’s up to the parents they are still misleading parents in a big way. Plus, they have thousands of students and only 20 or so teachers to “teach” them. There aren’t seperate teachers for each school, it’s the same ones. Twenty is a lot for this time of year too. Mimi Rothschild, Miriam Rothschild, Mimi Mandel, Miriam Mandel, Miriam Rittenhouse, Miriam Roth, Mimi Roth, Howie Mandel, Howard Mandel, Duncan Rize, Learning By Grace, The MorningStar Academy, Homeschooling, Home school, homeschool, online academy, The Jubilee Academy, The Grace Academy, Diana Dahl, The K12 Free Homeschool Academy, Partners By Grace, The Southern Baptist Academy, Reverse The Ruling, The Cambridge Academy, The National Academy for the Gifted”

Moving on…

Home Education & Other Stuff
Unbelieveable!
This is the previously mentioned Daryl Cobranchi’s blog, and his post is a link to a now-removed Wikipedia entry touting Mimi’s “contributions” to the homeschooling movement. The 19 responses found here are interesting and enlightening, especially the prompt response from Wikipedia, which deleted Mimi’s entry due to “(lack of sources / dubious notability / advertisement).”

The Wikipedia deletion log takes proper note of the event:
15:50, 3 October 2006 David.Monniaux (Talk | contribs) deleted “Mimi Rothschild” (self-promotional bio without sources)

Natalie Criss is a homeschooling mom and blogger whose Ramblings, Rants & Remedies blog is always thoughtful and well-written. Her 6/14/05 post, “Today must be my birthday!” is eye-opening, as she replies to a cease-and-desist letter from Mimi: “When dealing with a threatening person it’s best to keep all this out in the open, therefore this is as direct as any response to Mimi from me will get. Just wanted to lend some perspective to anyone who might have thought I was being unfair.”

HEM’s own newshawk, Valerie Moon, picked up the story. Sample comments: “Yes, Tammy, there is a person named Mimi Rothschild. And the reason we care is because she has single-handedly turned the pure act of educating your own child into a circus sideshow.” And “Former Learning By Grace families can only hope that someday all of their scams will come to light and homeschooling can go back to the safe environment it started out as.”

Those comments were followed by two indignantly defensive posts from “Marilyn” and “LouAnne,” which led to this comment from Valerie: “Because both LouAnne and Marilyn’s comments arrived in my inbox with the same ISP number (a Kinko’s in Los Angeles), and time-stamped just one half-hour apart, I looked a little more closely at their comments, and commented:”

“In any case, I didn’t write anything about Learning By Grace. What I wrote about was the Wikipedia kerfluffle concerning the entry formerly known as “Mimi Rothschild.” Still, the similarity in styles, and the ‘coincidence’ of two posts coming from the same Kinko’s store within a half-hour of each other, makes me think that someone’s being not quite up-front about who they are, or their interest in the discussion.”

And another comment from the orignial discussion: “Having been to the Learning By Grace offices, I can tell you the place is a fraud. There are about 20 ‘teachers’ for the thousands of students they educate in all of their so-called ‘academies.’ The materials they send out are simply public domain materials (read: over 100 years old) that have been edited into today’s language. ‘Teachers’ simply email back cut-and-paste responses. Student work is barely graded beyond a glance. LBG is a waste of money.”

So what is one supposed to make of this complex assemblage of smoke and mirrors?

Can Mimi Rothschild actually “…completely and effectively take over the homeschool market…?”

What do you think?

20 Responses to Mimi Rothschild: Taking over homeschooling?

  1. Dawn on April 14, 2008 at 4:08 am

    Have you thought about submitting this to the Carnival of Homeschooling? I have to admit, if you don’t, I’m going to write a post, link to you and submit it! :D I’ve been noticing plugs for K-12 Free surfacing again on homeschooling blogs.

  2. cod on April 14, 2008 at 5:24 am

    I really don’t worry much about Mimi “…completely and effectively take over the homeschool market…?” That would require a lot more business acumen that she has exhibited to date.

    I think her biggest contribution to the homeschool word is entertainment. She is like some traveling Vaudeville show that returns to town once a year. You’ve seen the act 10 times, but you just can’t help watching again.

  3. Helen on April 14, 2008 at 12:25 pm

    Ah, Chris, I hope you’re right. Trouble is, as P.T. Barnum supposedly said, “there’s a sucker born every minute,” and people like Mimi will always be poised to capitalize on their insecurities.

  4. Helen on April 14, 2008 at 1:17 pm

    I just found out this morning that our news editor, Valerie, wrote about another of Mimi’s sites last week, her K-12freehomeschool.org, at our Guide to Homeschooling Resources (http://www.homeedmag.com/blogs/resources/?p=677). Valerie wrote (and I’m mostly archiving relevant information now, so please bear with the length of this comment):

    The curriculum offered as “free,” though, is not readily available. As the website itself says, there is a “catch.” That catch is your personal information.

    * response to questions, surveys and offers
    * evaluation of courses
    * consider a donation
    * acceptance of email and/or postal offers, which may be in developmental phases and must be held in confidence
    * agree to consider participating in online discussions of products

    Participation is limited each year. People who apply to participate in the program may be denied. Changes may be made without notice. Higher demand that availability is expected.

    Criteria for acceptance, if spaces are still available:

    * U.S. citizens; parents and children must live in same household
    * Completion of enrollment form, and payment of any “incidental” or “elective” fees using a debit or credit card. Payment card is used to “help with identification.”
    * Family may not have previously used any other private online education provider. Only people with a “fresh” perspective, and apparently no experience with which to compare against, are eligible.
    * Applicants may not have any immediate family members employed by any competitor in the K-12 curriculum business.
    * Applicants must supply a telephone number, an email address that is regularly checked, a valid street address, credit or debit card number that is billed to the same street address.
    * No negative comments about the program may be made in public.
    * Applicants who do not qualify, and who try to enroll anyhow will be expelled and be “subject to legal remedies as allowed by law.”

    Of course, this kind of structure will appeal to some people because they enjoy making a contribution to research, and the provision of the curriculum is compensation for their participation. But for families looking for freely available materials without strings, other resources may be more to their liking.

  5. supernatural on April 28, 2008 at 7:55 am

    Inability to admit guilt, consistently plays the victim, reacts aggressively to those that don’t support their desires, delusions of grandeur, unreasonable effort to maintain a “good name”…

    Seems like a pretty cut and dried, textbook case of narcissism to me.

  6. phillyteacher39 on July 26, 2008 at 5:33 am

    Helen, you have it right on the money. The school is a joke. I should know I worked there as a teacher in the past. The “certified”teachers arent. Most are college students going thru college. The curriculm is copied and pasted from other sources. As a teacher I was shocked at how poorly developed they were. Some were bought from 3rd party companies. Be careful when they say they are accredited. Cambridge is supposedly accredited in Massachussetts but its not. The Christian academies all have the same cirriculum. You only pay the difference for whether it is Grace,Morningstar or Southern baptist. I would advise any parents to stay away from learning by Grace. I now work at k-12 online school which is way better and much more professional. For a home schooling parent why does her oldest son go to school elsewhere.

  7. squishyE03 on August 10, 2008 at 1:52 pm

    We ourselves got wrapped into the K-12 Free Homeschool last year. We DID recieve CDs and my son was excelling. It was only Kindergarten so I was not worried about the transcripts or anything like that. We were contacted a couple times through the year to donate more money. but only gave $5 at a time as we are short on cash and it didn’t specify how much was too little. My husband even one time put in a 0 and it let us through. LOL. However I DID NOT like the fact that when they wanted a donation they would NOT let us log onto the student page until we put in an amount. Now we are getting constant emails about returning the CDs and that our credit card is no longer working. I Thank God our debit card expired this last May and so therefore they were not able to charge anything onto it!! THey have on the site that we owe them $70 for unreturned CDs. I looked on the parent webgroup page and there are a bunch of other parents all being charged for late fees on the CDs when NO one was sent an email of When to send them back and where. Also some HAD sent the Cds back and were STILL charged!! One parent must have had numerous children in the program as she was charged $560!!!!!! Thats just nuts. I have not sent the CDs back yet as I still have not recieved word of where to send them I plan to send them as soon as I KNOW! I really wish I would have known about this person before we signed up for this program. She can’t legally put that on our credit report can she????? How do I get these charges off my record???? We are using a legitimate Curriculum this year. We bought My Father’s World for both my son and daughter and have NO programs online at all. I don’t think the online school works for us anyways. We never did complete all the lessons on the K-12 site anyways. Thanks for this info though. I will send my husband this direction.

  8. mrothschild on October 10, 2008 at 4:06 pm

    Dear Helen and Mark,
    I would like to propose that you and I engage in an online Q & A about my involvement in The Einstein Academy Charter School and any other issues that you have regarding my work. The outstanding lawsuit we brought against Einstein has recently been settled which gives me the oportunity that I have not had in 8 years to discuss the issues publicly.

    As I have said many times, the information you are currently publishing about me is not true.

    An example of the Q & A could be “Please explain the different names you appear to use?” or “Why do you have som many websites?” There will be no limit to the depth or breadth of questions, unless my answering them would violate someone else’s rights.

    I will gladly answer, to the best of my knowledge and ability, any and all questions posed to me. The Q & A sessions may need to take place in more than one sitting, but I am prepared to answer as many as you and your readers want to ask.

    Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could set the record straight once and for all re: your concerns and allegations? Although I have never met you or spoken to you or exchanged an email with you, and many emails I have written to you have gone unanswered, I sincerely hope that we can work together on this idea in the spirit of journalistic integrity.

    I am posting this proposal on your blog. I would like to request that you post this request, in its entirety, on your website, so that anyone reading it will know that I not is much of your content about me inaccurate, but more importantly, that I would appreciate very much the opportunity to provide you and your readers with an open forum for dialogue on your allegations.

    Thank you very much for considering this proposal.

    Best Wishes,
    Mimi

  9. Aeric on April 15, 2009 at 9:22 am

    I know this is an old blog, but it’s ranking on google under “Mimi Rothschild scam” and I think there are still a ton of people being duped by these scam artists. The comment above is so typically Mimi, smooth and calculated with a bit of wounded ego whimsy. Journalistic integrity? Yeah right. How about we take a look at Rothschild’s journalistic integrity? How about all the people bilked by her shoddy business practices? How about all the lies she’s printed under aliases on other blogs and on her testimony page? There’s no contest there…

    For anyone researching Rothschild’s “homeschooling” network, BUYER BEWARE! The sites listed by this blog’s author are one gigantic scam.

  10. Dana V. on August 11, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    What’s the latest on Mimi Rothschild/Mimi Mandel/Miriam Mandel/Miriam Rittenhouse and Howie Mandel?

  11. Colleen on August 14, 2009 at 12:01 am

    It is a year later, 2009 now and they are still out there! I just came across their website and all the other aliases. I can’t believe they are still dupping people. And I can’t find any reliable source of anyone who has gone through any of their academies with a good story. Also, the people who have written unfavorable posts are hard to find now too….like they have been taken down somehow. Scary….

  12. Howard Mandel on August 14, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    Exodus 20:16
    You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.

    Deuteronomy 13:12-15 (How to handle gossip you hear)
    If you hear it said about one of the towns the LORD your God is giving you to live in that wicked men have arisen among you and have led the people of their town astray, saying, “Let us go and worship other gods” (gods you have not known), then you must inquire, probe and investigate it thoroughly.

    Leviticus 19:16
    ‘Do not go about spreading slander among your people.

    Psalm 19:14
    May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.

    Psalm 34:13
    Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking lies.

    Psalm 37:30
    The mouth of the righteous man utters wisdom, and his tongue speaks what is just.

    Psalm 101:5
    Whoever slanders his neighbor in secret, him will I put to silence; whoever has haughty eyes and a proud heart, him will I not endure.

    Proverbs 11: 9;13
    With his mouth the godless destroys his neighbor, but through knowledge the righteous escape… A gossip betrays a confidence, but a trustworthy man keeps a secret.

    Proverbs 12:6
    The words of the wicked lie in wait for blood, but the speech of the upright rescues them.

    Proverbs 17:9
    He who covers over an offense promotes love, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends

    Proverbs 18:8
    The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to a man’s inmost parts.

    Proverbs 20:19
    A gossip betrays a confidence; so avoid a man who talks too much.

    Proverbs 22:11
    He who loves a pure heart and whose speech is gracious will have the king for his friend.

    Proverbs 23:15-16
    My son, if your heart is wise, then my heart will be glad; my inmost being will rejoice when your lips speak what is right

    Proverbs 25:23
    As a north wind brings rain, so a sly tongue brings angry looks

    Proverbs 26:20-21
    Without wood a fire goes out; without gossip a quarrel dies down. As charcoal to embers and as wood to fire, so is a quarrelsome man for kindling strife.

    Proverbs 27:9
    The heartfelt counsel of a friend is as sweet as perfume and incense.

    Proverbs 31:8
    Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves…

    Matthew 12:36
    But I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken.

    Acts 13:15
    Brothers, if you have a message of encouragement for the people, please speak.

    Acts 15:32
    Judas and Silas, who themselves were prophets, said much to encourage and strengthen the brothers.

    Acts 20:2
    He traveled through that area, speaking many words of encouragement to the people, and finally arrived in Greece

    2 Corinthians 6:6-9a
    In purity, understanding, patience and kindness; in the Holy Spirit and in sincere love; in truthful speech and in the power of God; with weapons of righteousness in the right hand and in the left; through glory and dishonor, bad report and good report; genuine, yet regarded as impostors; known, yet regarded as unknown; dying, and yet we live on;

    Ephesians 4:25
    Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor, for we are all members of one body.

    Ephesians 4:29;31
    Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers… Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.

    Phillipians 4:8
    Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

    Galatians 6:7-10
    Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.

    1 Thessalonians 5:10-12
    He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him. Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.

    1 Timothy 3:10-11
    They must first be tested; and then if there is nothing against them, let them serve as deacons. In the same way, their wives[a] are to be women worthy of respect, not malicious talkers but temperate and trustworthy in everything.

    Hebrews 3:13
    But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness

    Hebrews 10:23-25
    Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching

    1 Peter 1:22-2:1
    Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for your brothers, love one another deeply, from the heart.For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God. For,
    “All men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord stands forever.” And this is the word that was preached to you. Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind.

    1 Peter 3:10;16
    Whoever would love life and see good days must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from deceitful speech…keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.

    1 Peter 4:11
    If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ.

    James 1:19
    My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry,

    James 3:5-6
    The tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.

    James 4:11
    Brothers, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against his brother or judges him speaks against the law and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on it.

    3 John 1:12
    Demetrius is well spoken of by everyone–and even by the truth itself. We also speak well of him, and you know that our testimony is true.

  13. M R on August 14, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    The information posted on this website comes from people with an entirely different agenda than to tell you the truth. We have tried for years to talk to Helen and she has rejected every attempt to communicate. Sadly, this page is filled with internet gossip, false accusations and misleading posts. If there is anyone has been disapponted in any way through our programs we implore you to contact us so that we may directly address your concerns.

    Along with hudreds of dedicated staff, we have been running successful online homeschooling Academies for almost a decade. Our thousands of satisfied families return in larger numbers every year. Our mission is to provide outstanding quality, state of the art, multi media rich, online Christian homeschooling programs. We are grateful to the many, many wonderful families who have partnered with us for the education of their children. Despite the economic crisis, the Learning By Grace family of online Academies is experiencing the best year ever.

  14. Mary Leppert on August 14, 2009 at 11:51 pm

    Dear Home ED: You should really be careful about publishing things that may not be true. Mimi Rothchild never spent 28,000 dollars with my business. I think in the nature of good will and what might be interpreted as slander you should verify what you publish. Your magazine is constantly trying to appear to be the hero of homeschoolers without the benefit of decent reporting. You should be careful and fair. Did HEM sell tons of magazines by making sure the whole homeschool world knew about the Gentle Spirit and Mary Pride and the Teaching Home lawsuit. You obviously did not learn the lesson of that case if you are today all these years later publishing things about other magazines and businesses that you do not in fact know to be true. I’ll say it again that Mimi Rothchild did not pay me 28,000 dollars and you and Barb Lundgren owe me an apology. I would say you owe one to Homeschooling Today as well. How many magazines did you sell making yourselfs look like heros with Gentle Spirit??? Isn’t there another way to get subscribers? Would you like to take out an ad in my magazine? I will give you a great ad for way less than 28,000 dollars. Mary Leppert. Editor of The Link magazine.

  15. Jill on August 15, 2009 at 5:14 am

    Bummer. My daughter was looking at the Media Arts class offered by Cambridge Academy (which looks very cool). I had an odd feeling because I kept also seeing “Grace Academy” and I recalled something about that. I did some googling, and here I am. Shoot. The class really sounds neat, but take a risk after reading this stuff? Unlikely.
    I also cannot find a single person on any of my homeschool loops who has ever taken a class with them. I’ve been homeschooling 8 years, so it isn’t like I’m a newbie either.

  16. Helen on August 19, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    I still have nothing whatsoever to discuss with Mimi or Howard, because the facts speak for themselves. I would, however, like to address Mary Leppert’s comment, complaint, and not-very-veiled threat.

    1. You should learn to read more carefully, Mary. We never published anything about Mimi Rothschild’s expenditures with The Link. We merely related her attempt to impress our advertising manager, Barb Lundgren, with claims of spending that amount on your business, with the clear implication that we were missing out on similar amounts being spent with HEM by our refusal to accept her ads. If her claim is not true I advise taking the issue up with Mimi, because it sounds to me like she’s using your business name to bribe others into accepting her advertising.

    2. I’ll leave your shrill statements impugning the integrity of our publication for others to assess and interpret, because again, the facts speak for themselves.

  17. Dana on August 20, 2009 at 6:17 am

    Hundreds of staff Mimi Rothschild? Wow. Maybe right now, as the school year gets closer, the staff tops near 60, but like you and I know, week by week you and Howard Mandel fire teachers to save money. By October the “teachers” department is nothing, but bare bones and by Thanksgiving some teachers have thousands have students to attend to…and when that happens, one teacher said, “I just give everyone A’s.” Wow. Great job. What a service you and Howard Mandel provide for the homeschooling world! Bravo! (By the way Mimi Rothschild, that’s sarcasm, just wanted to let you know).

    Mimi Rothschild and Howard Mandel, the business you run is a disgrace and you know it. Your young children aren’t even being homeschooled and yet you run a online homeschooling company, I guess that’s how much faith you have in it.

    As for you Howard Mandel, I’m not sure you should be quoting scripture or talking about Christian love. Does your faith and beliefs steer the way you run Learning By Grace? Does your faith and beliefs steer the way you trick customers and feed on their insecurities or lack of knowledge? The way you shut down people’s accounts for a late payment on a payment system that is not very clear or set up well in the first place? The way you told customers teachers were on the other end of the computers when in fact, some were not teachers at all? The way you duped employees? Face it, you’re a fraud, so don’t copy and paste some verses from online, okay?

  18. Susan on August 20, 2009 at 12:29 pm

    Looks like the ‘Learning by Grace’ escapades are shown for what they are.

    But the Mary Leppert comments bear some notice.

    Did HEM sell tons of magazines by making sure the whole homeschool world knew about the Gentle Spirit and Mary Pride and the Teaching Home lawsuit.

    Much of the information concerning the attempted destruction of Cheryl Seelhoff and her business is offered for free through various homeschool channels. Many still have no idea that such deviousness occurred, in that the Sherman Anti-Trust Act was violated with due punishments and out of court settlements.
    I considered it a public service to put information out there, rather than hide it.

    Are you insinuating that it should have been hidden from “the homeschool world”?

    How many magazines did you sell making yourselfs look like heros with Gentle Spirit???

    Probably not enough, imo. I don’t remember the last time I’ve seen anything about the Gentle Spirit case in HEM, but there are some other wonderful articles about various interesting homeschool subjects.
    On the other hand, Ms. Leppert, there are some folks I know who have written wonderful articles in The Link. I linked to those articles in your publication in the past, but I think I most definitely had a change of heart after reading your diatribe.

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