We who choose to homeschool

Shay Seaborne’s Synergy Field A homeschool mom I know says, “the problem with support groups is they’re made up of people who need support.” I’d only planned on quoting the short snippet above. But this second paragraph is just too delicious to let go unquoted: I used to expect that parents who choose to...
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Hauling Up The Morning

Cruising a few weblogs at random today I came across one with this title and, remembering a favorite HEM columnist who’d used that line many years ago, I thought to myself, “What are the chances…” It wasn’t the long-lost columnist (who I’d love to touch base with again), but a lovely and utterly engaging...
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Lynn and Sarah Leslie

from HEM SUPPORT NEWS – October 2004 Lynn and Sarah Leslie are long time homeschool advocates and publishers who recently released: “Homeschooling Under Fire: The Iowa Homeschooling Crisis of 1989-90 – A history of the plot to depict homeschoolers as truants and child abusers,” by Lynn and Sarah Leslie, August 30, 2004. An excerpt:...
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Results? Why, man, I have gotten a lot of results! I know several thousand things that won’t work. -Thomas Edison
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Valerie Moon

I posted a comment under my July 16th post about our new HEM News & Commentary editor, Valerie Moon, who also manages The Military Homeschooler site, but I’ve also initiated a new category here titled Interviews, and I’ll start off the listings under that by once again referencing and linking to the great interview...
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Patrick Farenga

HEM Online “As homeschoolers we need to find ways to reach out to teachers and parents who don’t want to see childrens’ 12 years of compulsory schooling reduced to skills training for big business. Nurturing the human capacity to learn through love and intrinsic motivation is as important to life — to me, more...
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What is Unschooling? This is also known as interest driven, child-led, natural, organic, eclectic, or self-directed learning. Lately, the term “unschooling” has come to be associated with the type of homeschooling that doesn’t use a fixed curriculum. When pressed, I define unschooling as allowing children as much freedom to learn in the world, as their parents...
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John Taylor Gatto

Dallas News “America faces an emergency, and vested interests – including the interests of colleges – have to be set aside for the common good. The biggest obstacle blocking American progress is forced institutional schooling; the next biggest is forced college training, which promises far more than it can deliver.” ~John Taylor Gatto in...
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About that new guy, Daryl

HE&OS: ABOUT ME We’re delighted to have Daryl Cobranchi join our HEM blog team with his always interesting “Home Education and Other Stuff” blog (which can be accessed via the handy menu on the left). Daryl’s writings caught my interest shortly after he started his weblog, and he’s always held the top slot in...
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