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The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.
- Plutarch

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A wide variety of subjects covered from the advantages of homeschooling to the inadequacies of the public school system.

6 Myths About Homeschooling Debunked
The author met a real homeschooling parent who enlightened her and debunked the following myths:
  • Myth #1: All homeschoolers are crazy eccentrics.
  • Myth #2: Homeschooled children are lonely and isolated.
  • Myth #3: Kids who are homeschooled won't be able to function in the "real world."
  • Myth #4: Kids who are homeschooled will never get into college.
  • Myth #5: Homeschooling is just an excuse for kids to goof off all day.
  • Myth #6: Even if I wanted to homeschool my kids, I wouldn't be qualified.

    WEB LINK: http://thestir.cafemom.com/big_kid/135817/6_myths_about_homeschooling_debunked

  • America's Failing Public School System
    A 16-year-old reflects on her years in public school.

    WEB LINK: http://www.newswithviews.com/public_schools/public_schools10.htm

    Changing Education Paradigms
    By Sir Ken Robinson

    A thought-provoking video about the history of public education, the paradigm public education was based upon, and the kind of education system we need. The author, Sir Ken Robinson, is a world-renowned education and creativity expert and recipient of the RSA's Benjamin Franklin award.

    Sir Ken states, "Education is modeled on the interests of industrialization and in the image of it." He also touches on the rise in ADHD and defines divergent thinking as "an essential capacity to creative thinking." Sir Ken concludes, "We have the think differently about human capacity."

    WEB LINK: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDZFcDGpL4U

    CNN: Why I chose homeschooling
    By Bethany M. Gardiner, M.D.

    Bethany M. Gardiner, M.D., is a pediatrician and author of "Highlighting Homeschooling," (http://www.stickytapepress.com/) which guides parents through the educational options available to them and their children. In this article, she writes about what she has learned from her homeschooling journey.

    Aside from the family and lifestyle improvements that home schooling fosters, the removal of the one-size-fits-all classroom mentality leads to a highly tailored educational experience for your child. There is time for side trips according to their interests. These side trips help spark intellectual curiosity as well as promote the development of critical thinking and self-directed learning. Colleges complain that many children come to them ill-prepared for collegiate level studies and have begun to actively recruit home-schoolers, realizing that home schooled children have the skills necessary for independent learning because they are built into the home schooling lifestyle and educational model by its very nature.

    After over a decade home schooling, with one child now in college and another in high school, I can truly say it has been the best experience of my life and the best choice for my children and family. As a home-schooling parent, I became a cheerleader, facilitator, mentor, and role-model. I also have the knowledge that we are a tighter knit family unit because of the experiences we shared and I wouldn't trade that for anything.

    Home schooling might not be a journey for everyone, but I feel fortunate to have taken the trip.

    WEB LINK: http://articles.cnn.com/2012-04-10/us/us_education-my-view-why-i-chose-home-schooling_1_home-schooling-minor-adjustments-guides-

    C-SPAN Video Winner 2009: "Liberal Arts Education: A Strategy to Save the Nation"
    Film by Hunter Gill, 8th Grade homeschooler

    C-Span Video: 8th-Grade Homeschooler Analyzes and Proposes Reforms for Education

    C-Span ran a contest for school-age students to send suggestions to Pres. Obama on what he should focus on while in office. Please take a look at the 3rd-Place winner, an 8th grade homeschooler from CO. This young man intelligently analyzes the decline in our educational standards and makes suggestions for reforming the system using a liberal arts education.

    WEB LINK: http://www.viddler.com/explore/cspanstudentcam/videos/251/

    CT Magazine: There's No Place Like Home
    By Beth Levine

    A positive article about homeschooling nationally and in CT. Many of our own members are quoted.

    WEB LINK: http://www.connecticutmag.com/Connecticut-Magazine/August-2012/No-Place-Like-Home/

    Guilt-Free Homeschooling Blog-Spot
    Guilt-Free Homeschooling is run by Carolyn Morrison, an 11-year veteran of homeschooling her two children, from leaving public school in the elementary grades through high school graduation and into college. GFHS offers help, comfort, and advice to new or struggling homeschool moms, assuring them that homeschooling can be manageable, successful, guilt-free, and glorifying to God.

    WEB LINK: http://www.guiltfreehomeschooling.blogspot.com/

    Home Schooling Goes Mainstream
    By Milton Gaither

    The Hoover Institute has published an article by Milton Gaither, author of Homeschool: An American History. The article gives detailed analysis of homeschooling trends. The article has statistics about the demographics of homeschooling families, and includes charts and other analyses.

    WEB LINK: http://www.hoover.org/publications/ednext/34685614.html

    Homeschool Statistics
    By National Center for Educational Statistics

    Statistical analysis of home educated children. Estimated 1.5 Million Homeschooled Students in the United States in 2007.

    WEB LINK: http://nces.ed.gov/pubs2009/2009030.pdf

    Homeschool Statistics (2009): National Home Education Research Institute (NHERI) Study
    By HSLDA

    New Study Confirms Homeschool Academic Achievement. The latest homeschool academic achievement study (2007-08 students) finds that, on average, homeschoolers scored significantly higher than their public school counterparts on standardized achievement tests. Overall the study showed significant advances in homeschool academic achievement as well as revealing that issues such as student gender, parents' education level, and family income had little bearing on the results of homeschooled students.

    WEB LINK: http://www.hslda.org/docs/news/200908100.asp

    Homeschoolers on to College: What Research Shows Us
    An article that details some comprehensive research on homeschooling. The compilation of data is broken into the following categories:
  • Quick History and Demographics
  • Homeschool Students' Academic Performance
  • Homeschool Students' Social and Emotional Development
  • Homeschoolers in the "Real World" - which includes test scores
  • How Colleges Approach the Home-Educated
  • References

    WEB LINK: http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qa3955/is_200410/ai_n9443747/pg_1

  • Homeschoolers' Success Stories
    By Linda Dobson

    15 Adults and 12 Young People Share the Impact That Homeschooling Has Made on Their Lives

    WEB LINK: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0761522557?ie=UTF8&tag=classkidshome-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=07615

    How my child went from home school to Harvard and yours can, too
    By Wayne Root, a homeschool dad

    From the article
    "...Locally, Las Vegas is in even worse shape than the rest of America. Drop out rates now exceed 60% in Las Vegas public schools, even higher among boys. And the 40% that do manage to graduate often achieve that feat as a result of social promotion and grade inflation. Proof? Freshman at UNLV require "remedial reading and math" to begin their college careers. Do the words fraud and national disgrace come to mind?

    "Yet through all this gloom and doom, there is a ray of hope. A story of remarkable educational success. A story I call "Homeschool to Harvard." My daughter Dakota Root was home-schooled by her small businessman dad and devoted Christian homemaker mom in Las Vegas. And the results are nothing short of amazing..."

    WEB LINK: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2012/01/26/how-my-child-went-from-home-school-to-harvard-and-yours-can-too/#ixzz1kcNGXTmD

    I Was Unschooled
    By Michelle Stille

    A biographical account of one young adult's life and educational choices.

    WEB LINK: http://www.lifelearningmagazine.com/0812/I-was-unschooled.htm

    I Will Survive (my first year of Homeschooling)
    A mom uses the Gloria Gaynor disco classic to inspire homeschooling moms. A great way to kick off the school year or refocus our energies any time!

    WEB LINK: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rIOogqa-5GA

    Lecture on Education and Educating Boys
    By Peg Tyre

    Peg Tyre, author of The Trouble with Boys, gives a lecture on education regarding how boys are falling through the cracks and solutions. Tyre is a journalist who has written several articles that have appeared in Newsweek about the education of boys.

    Ms. Tyre has her own website:

    WEB LINK: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9gEqI86KRAA

    Public Education : Views of a Concerned Parent
    A parent, Jeff Linsay, with four public-schooled kids, expresses his concerns about what is taught, as well as his concerns about how things are taught. He examines the education system in this country and proposes solutions. He also gives his views of homeschooling.

    WEB LINK: http://www.jefflindsay.com/Education.shtml

    Some Fascinating Facts About Homeschool vs Public School
    By Homeschool World

    Interesting graphic that shows statistics about homeschooling, such as:
  • Over 2 million students are now homeschooled, an increase of 75% since 1999
  • National test averages show homeschoolers achieve higher standardized test scores by more than 30 percentage points in all subjects regardless of household incomes, educational level of parent, and amount spent on education
  • In a study measuring communication, daily living skills, socialization, and maturity, homeschoolers outscored public schooled kids across the board.

    WEB LINK: http://www.home-school.com/news/homeschool-vs-public-school.php

  • Study: Homeschoolers Happier, Better-Adjusted in College
    The nation's approximately two million homeschoolers, whom others frequently scrutinize and even stigmatize as socially inept, are better emotionally adjusted in college than their non-homeschooled peers, a new study concludes.

    A peer-reviewed study titled "The Impact of Homeschooling on the Adjustment of College Students," by Cynthia K. Drenovsky, a sociology professor at Shippensburg University, and Isaiah Cohen, compared the self-esteem and depression of conventionally-schooled college students to college students who had a homeschooling background.

    The pair pondered whether a lack of "constant social stimulation" of the sort the average high school student daily experiences resulted in any significant emotional maladjustment for home school students who elected to attend college.

    The short answer is "no."

    Drenovsky and Cohen concluded homeschoolers "do not exhibit any significant differences in self-esteem, and they experience significantly lower levels of depression than those with no homeschooling." The authors also report that "they [homeschoolers] have achieved greater academic success and &rate their college experience more positively" than traditionally-schooled counterparts.

    To read the article in its entirety, use weblink below.

    WEB LINK: http://news.heartland.org/newspaper-article/2012/11/01/study-homeschoolers-happier-better-adjusted-college

    The Call to Brilliance
    By The Gregory Mantell Show

    Are our schools turning out creative, independent thinkers or mindless robots?

    Turned off by an educational system designed for the Industrial Revolution, Resa Steindel Brown turned to home schooling and helped found an alternative school to give her children an outstanding education.

    WEB LINK: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uc2zatmfsYk

    The Cartel
    If you doubt you can do a better job educating your kids than most schools in the US can, take the time to view this film.

    In his first feature film, director Bob Bowdon takes aim at America's public school system, revealing a self-serving network of wasteful cartels that squander funding and fail to deliver when it comes to academic testing and basic skills. Both parents and teachers want change, but reform is an uphill battle in the face of heel-digging bureaucrats and so-called dropout factories. It's a bona fide crisis that's burgeoning out of control.

    WEB LINK: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004EIBXZK/ref=as_li_tf_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=classkidshome-20&linkCode=as2&camp=217145&creative=39937

    The Defeat of the Schools
    By James L. Mursell

    The next time someone asks you why you are homeschooling, you can say that some of your reasons have been around for a long time. This article, first published in The Atlantic in March 1939, gives an interesting discussion about specific subjects to study and specific teaching techniques.

    WEB LINK: http://www.theatlantic.com/issues/95dec/chilearn/murde.htm

    The Homeschooling of Andrew Wyeth
    On this Web site, you can hear Andrew Wyeth's thoughts on being homeschooled and why he feels homeschooling is the way to raise an artist.

    WEB LINK: http://www.nfgcc.org/51.htm

    Why Homeschooling is Cool
    By A Video by a Homeschool Teen

    A truely inspiring video made by a teen who has been homeschooled. He clearly demonstrates the outcome of years of homeschooling-- a young man with a passion for learning, stating, "For me, life is about learning." He is connected and producing useful products for this world. Worth watching!

    WEB LINK: http://uncompahgre.wordpress.com/2008/04/05/why-homeschooling-is-cool/

    WSJ: My Education in Home Schooling
    By Quinn Cummings

    Teaching kids at home can be terrifying, but it's sure to grow as families demand more choice.

    WEB LINK: http://online.wsj.com/article_email/SB10000872396390443343704577549472535089552-lMyQjAxMTAyMDIwODAyODg3Wj.html?mod=wsj_valetleft


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