Voices of Reason

Illiberal Education: Constitutional Constraints on Homeschooling

HEM News & Commentary Editor Valerie Bonham Moon posted a note to her blog about a new research paper which is raising waves in homeschooling circles. Valerie gives a nod to homeschooling dad Chris O’Donnell for unearthing this find, and I likewise send appreciation to Chris for being right on top of things. The...
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Corn and Oil: “Bureaucracy IS the ‘problem child'”

Susan Ryan writes a good interesting post about a study regarding expelled pre-schoolers and also about finding out what problems babies and pre-schoolers have that should be evaluated by “experts” on her blog Corn and Oil “Bureaucracy IS the `problem child'”. Susan writes, “Also mentioned in the article was the hope by many proponents...
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Deja Vu

Michelle Goldberg is a senior writer for Salon.com; she has reported from all over the United States and the Middle East, and has been an adjunct professor at the Graduate School of Journalism at New York University, teaching a class called “Writing Social Commentary.” Now her first book, Kingdom Coming: The Rise of Christian...
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Shaper of the Shakers and Movers?

Fellow HEM blogger Valerie Moon’s News & Commentary has an article on the recent developments surrounding Patrick Henry College, a brouhaha which has seen increasing coverage in the national media in recent weeks as one professor was fired and four others resigned, saying the administration prohibited free-ranging discussions. An article in the May 13...
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HEM-Networking: An open letter to HSLDA’s membership

HEM-Networking: An open letter to HSLDA’s membership An important message from one of homeschooling’s most respected voices, Mary McCarthy: I have always felt that HSLDA has a right to exist, and if that’s what you want to spend your money on, I’m happy you have the financial means to do so. However, recent events...
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Discussing Section 522

Home Education & Other Stuff » END AROUND? Daryl Cobranchi is spearheading conversation about the Section 522 situation at his HEOS blog. Informative reading for anyone following these important developments.
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Should Homeschoolers Have Freedom?

The Valley Frontiersman: Op-Ed/Spectrum and Letters to the Editor An interesting opinion piece addressing the recent spate of articles, letters and cartoons calling for testing and oversight of homeschoolers in Alaska, who currently enjoy one of the best homeschooling laws in the nation: Over the last several weeks, we have heard from a variety...
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A Whole New Mind

I’ve admired author Daniel Pink’s writing since his first book, Free Agent Nation: How America’s New Independent Workers Are Transforming the Way We Live, appeared in 2001. That groundbreaking book was about the growing ranks of people who work for themselves, often from their homes, and how their different and unique ways of looking...
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The Other Reason

HR 3753/ S 1691-Homeschool NonDiscrimination Act 2005 In this well-written and clearly documented essay, respected homeschool activist Mary McCarthy asks an important question: HSLDA as a quasi-government accountability entity is troubling enough but could there be another reason? Recommended reading for anyone interested in the future of homeschooling – and this country.
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Strange Bedfellows?

Happy As Kings This comment appears in response to an opinion piece about the Washington Times at the above-named weblog: HSLDA has been using the Washington Times to promote itself for years now. And the Washington Times uses HSLDA to promote its acceptance as a legitimate news source with a conservative viewpoint. Unfortunately, it...
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