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Obama and Homeschooling

I’ve seen an interesting letter referenced on blogs and lists a couple of times now, in response to a November 12 fund-raising alert from HSLDA, which stated in part: “…And whenever private educators accept grants and benefits, there are conditions to receiving those benefits, including being subject to regulation. Just because the federal government...
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The Law of Homeschooling?

Illinois blogger Susan Ryan found an interesting little item, and I’m wondering if anyone is seeing similar activity in their own states? Susan wrote: This “guide” was written up by counsel for the IL Principals Association and was posted on Market Watch: Homeschooling Law Resource Guide – Released by the Education Law Association Last...
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Leaderless Ant Colonies?

Leaderless Ant Colonies?

Milton Gaither has an interesting paragraph in his review of Greg and Martine Millman’s book: Historians and organization theorists will be very interested in the Millmans’ chapter on Homeschool Groups. It begins by connecting homeschooling to the “emergence” scholarship of John H. Holland, explaining that homeschooling is an unplanned and uncontrolled system of networks...
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Public School Programs Are Not Homeschooling

By the 1990′s homeschooling had become an accepted alternative to public schooling and traditional private schools. Dozens of books touted homeschooling as a desirable approach to living and learning together as a family; newspaper articles and interviews showcased happy, smiling children and their proudly beaming parents. The movement had arrived, found its place in...
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The Change Has Already Occurred

With the 2008 elections, there has been a rearranging of the political landscape in this country, and a shift of power is in the offing, as suggested in the article by Kathleen Parker. The challenge for us as homeschooling families and advocates has always been how to keep homeschooling from being aligned with a...
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Homeschooling Goes Mainstream

Milton Gaither, author of the book “Homeschool: An American History,” published an article in the winter edition of the respected Stanford University journal Education Next, titled “Homeschooling Goes Mainstream.” Gaither announced the article at his blog: “In it I describe the growing diversity of homeschoolers and the increasingly heterogeneous forms homeschooling is taking, including collaborative efforts...
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The 5 Browns

The 5 Browns

The November-December, 2008 issue of Home Education Magazine includes some wonderful articles and features, and one of my favorites is Mary Nix’s interview with The 5 Browns: homeschooled siblings whose amazing piano artistry is winning hearts around the world! The 5 Browns are a classical piano music group. Their repertoire includes mostly popular classical...
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Perspective from the Past

A friend and I were discussing homeschooling recently and she mentioned an editorial I wrote many years ago titled “On Jumping Through Hoops,” and said that although it’s still available on the HEM site, I should make it more easily available for new readers, especially as we were headed into the “not-back-to-school” end of...
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Perspective: Use it or Lose it

Perspective: Use it or Lose it

For as long as I can remember, Patrick Farenga has been a good friend and ally, not only to we at Home Education Magazine, but to homeschoolers and unschoolers everywhere. So it was with great dismay that I read the essay this morning at his website, PatFarenga.com. Pat wrote, in part: “It has come...
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