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Flight Lessons?

Our old friend and ex-HEM blogger Daryl Cobranchi gave me a heads-up on this opinion piece by USA Today founder Al Neuharth, who writes: “My concern about our educational system is for those who aren’t part of it — these home-schooled: * An estimated 1.7 million to 2.5 million will be taught at home...
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John Holt on Rights

Selections from Escape from Childhood Young people should have the right to control and direct their own learning, that is, to decide what they want to learn, and when, where, how, how much, how fast, and with what help they want to learn it. To be still more specific, I want them to have...
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Chris O’Donnell: On Resources

O’DonnellWeb: Homeschooling / Baseball / Technology Geek in Fredericksburg VA “The oil under the state of Texas is national resource. My children are my children. The nation has no claim on them.” ~Chris O’Donnell, commenting on yet another article about homeschoolers with the oft-quoted line “Most Americans agree with the concept that our children...
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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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Results?

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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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?

HoltGWS.com 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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