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Holding the Center of Homeschooling

Holding the Center of Homeschooling

As I check my feedreaders for information and news about homeschooling, I’m surprised by the number of articles and blog essays which appear these days; it seem as though the annual back-to-school parade now necessitates an almost parallel reporting on the cutely-tagged ‘not-back-to-school’ crowd. As a result, homeschooling seems to have become a media...
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The Other Side of Homeschooling

The Other Side of Homeschooling

Homeschooling. The word brings to mind images of colorful books piled on a table, a well-used collection of pencils and paper and scissors and glue, the waxy-sweet smell of a freshly-opened box of crayons, an assortment of kitchen-science ingredients in boxes and bottles of different shapes and sizes. Fall days collecting leaves, spring mornings...
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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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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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Postal Rate Hike

This is only a little off-topic, since this blog is supported by a magazine whose publishers are grappling with ever-increasing postal rates. This postal rate hike is a concern because postal regulators have accepted a proposal from media giant Time Warner that would stifle small and independent publishers in America. The plan unfairly burdens...
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The Blogs of My Friends #4 – Patrick Farenga

Our good friend Patrick Farenga has been an activist and an advocate for homeschooling for over 25 years. When the reknowned author and educator John Holt died, it was Patrick who picked up the reins of Holt’s newsletter, Growing Without Schooling, and kept it in print for many more years. Patrick has been an...
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The Blogs of My Friends #3 – Valerie Bonham Moon

Our News & Commentary editor, Valerie Bonham Moon, is a master blogger, and she has an entire collection of them on which she shares her keen perspective and her razor-sharp wit. For me, Valerie is the very definition of the word pundit. My favorite Valerie-blog is Happy as Kings, and maybe I just like...
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The Blogs of My Friends #2 – Susan Ryan

Susan Ryan’s Corn and Oil blog always gives me something to think about. On July 4th she posted some interesting comments about the history of our nation: “As we munched on popcorn and cherries, we talked about the history of the 4th of July. And John Adams and Thomas Jefferson’s relationship and death on...
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Dr. Raymond Moore

With great sadness I note the passing of an old friend, Dr. Raymond Moore, one of the true founding pioneers of the homeschooling movement. He was the co-author, with his wife Dorothy, of the very first book I ever read on homeschooling, Home Grown Kids. I have many wonderful memories of Dr. and Mrs....
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The Blogs of My Friends #1 Revisited

Shay Seaborne has had an essay on her blog, SynergyField, for several months now, titled A Homeschooler’s Changing Perspective on Authority Figures. She writes, “…this woman is trying to muster the courage to face the school division, because, as she stated, ‘these people intimidate me.’ I noted that, ‘It is common to feel intimidated...
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