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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
Homeschool Statistics (2009): National Home Education Research Institute (NHERI) Study
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.
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..."
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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