101: Why We Do It.
- from National Public Radio (NPR)
A series on 3 homeschooling families: A Description from their
website: "Changing Face of America focuses on one aspect
of how education has changed in the past fifteen years. In a three-part
series, All Things Considered examines homeschooling. We begin
by talking with three families across the country to find out
how they homeschool. The families have written about their philosophy
of home-based education and we've asked them to share Web links
that have helped them in the education of their children. "
The pieces began on Monday, February 26,2001.
used to be it was difficult to find quality writings on this topic.
Here's what we found:
Can Build Your Own Curriculum
we build our own curriculum, from the author of this website.
School Co Op - a Great Way to go!
Home School Co-op is a group of homeschool families who get together
to educate their children. There are many ways to form a co-op and
no two ways are the "same" or "right". The concept
of a Co-op is about as old as the concept of "homeschooling".
Curriculums, a business started by Cathryn Lewis and Linda Barrett,
is the result of over 27 years of combined homeschooling and Co-Op
I THOUGHT CO-OPS WERE FOR FARMERS! by Robyn Bray
STORY OF TWO DESPERATE, BURNED OUT, HOMESCHOOL MOMS
by Robyn Bray
Socialization is the "S" word
If you think placing your child in a class with
30 other children of the same age all day is "normal"
socialization, then please refer to your "Webster's" for
a definition of socialization.
Read what others have written on this topic:[socialization]
and Cyber Charter
schools are the same as more traditional brick and mortar charter
schools except that they exist online. They are independent
public schools sponsored by local or state educational organizations.
Students in these cyber schools are regulated by the organizations
that sponsor them.They are assesed by the same system as public
school students. There has been many heated debates over the idea
of charters and cyber charters. Visit our pages about Charter
and Cyber Charters and make your own decision. Download a packet
to take with you when you meet to decide if you would want a "Home
School Charter School" in your district.
pages about [Charters & Cyber
Politics of Vouchers
Parent Directed Education
organization (PDE) recognizes that vouchers are a hot political battleground for reasons that often have
nothing to do with individual children. Our goal here at PDE is
to help keep individual parents informed of what people are saying,
and also equip them to see the whys behind the whats!
Our Freedom: Goals 2000, Vouchers, And Charter Schools - by
Larry and Susan Kaseman
This essay, by Larry and Susan Kaseman, was originally published
in their Taking Charge political action column in the January-February
1995 issue of Home Education Magazine.
Students Struggle When Pressure Is On
By BENEDICT CAREY, New York Times, December 21, 2004
"At schools across the land, students are engaged in that
most secular December ritual: sweating midterm exams. And in a
new study of math testing, psychologists are reporting that intense
exam pressure is actually more likely to impair the performance
of very good students than mediocre ones."
on National School Testing - Christian Science Monitor, Wednesday
September 3, 1997 Edition
By Gail Russell Chaddock, Staff writer of The Christian Science
"Most American parents are being told by local schools that
their children rank "above average" in both reading
and math. Yet according to a national education survey released
this weekend, 62 percent of fourth-graders have trouble reading
and only 20 percent of eighth-graders have ever faced an algebraic
equation. " [ Read
"Standardized Testing: The Big Picture Take out a
number 2 pencil..." - College Board Article
"If colleges don't have experience with a particular high
school, test scores enter the picture. They're a consistent piece
of information to add to the overall evaluation."
Assessment - Unschooling by Ana McDonald, was originally published
in the January-February 1996 issue of Home Education Magazine.
of Children and Family Services (DCFS)
Charge - Larry and Susan Kaseman
" One of the key ways we can maintain our homeschooling freedoms
is by making it clear both to ourselves and to public officials
that the responsibility for our homeschools is ours and not theirs."[
to Protect - PBS Frontline Documentary
What effect, if any, did the death of Logan Marr have on the approach
of Maine DHS to abuse and neglect cases?
No Child Left Behind (NCLB)
No Child Left Behind 2001 -the
No Child Left Behind: What Will It Take?
The Thomas B. Fordham Foundation, February 2002: "Just one
month after President Bush signed the No Child Left Behind Act into
law, a provocative set of expert papers commissioned by the Thomas
B. Fordham Foundation explores the legislation's key features: its
testing and accountability provisions." [ Read
Ups and Downs of No Child Left Behind
By Jay Mathews, Washington Post Staff Writer. Tuesday, February
"People like me who support the No Child Left Behind law often
say to critics, "Well, it might not be perfect, but you got
any better ideas?" Sometimes we are not that polite, and if
we hear suggested alternatives, we often dismiss them as the addled
dreams of political innocents."
Commission of the States -- No
Child Left Behind Database
This database uses color-coded maps to help policymakers and the
public track their states' progress on No Child Left Behind Act
implementation. Users can see the status of the nation as a whole,
review individual states, or compare two or more states. Information
will be updated regularly as states pass new policies and regulations.