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COMMON CORE: A LESSON PLAN FOR RAISING UP COMPLIANT, NON-THINKING CITIZENS

John W. Whitehead is president of The Rutherford Institute and author of A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State. His editorial on the Blaze today is brilliant: Continue reading

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Changes in the class room and new reading for daddy

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This homeschool thing is an ever evolving part of our lives. I keep finding the more I learn the more more questions I have. I am pretty well married to the Classical model of homeschooling. Though I have looked at a lot of other systems (most recently the Robinson curriculum), none of them resonate with me the way Classical does.

So I seem to find myself perpetually reading about differing methods and using the new information to tweak how we do homeschool. I am fairly well versed in the “Neoclassical” way of doing things, having scanned the Bluedorn’s Teaching the Trivium and having seemingly worn out my copy of The Well Trained Mind. But the phrase “Traditional Classical” intrigued me.

In an effort to see what makes this different than the the more modern adaptations, I found these two books: “The Latin Centered Curriculum” and the book it was based on “Climbing Parnassus”. It will be interesting to see what makes this form of “Classical” different from Wise and Bauer’s. I hope there is much more to it than “teach your kids Latin and Greek” because that is already the plan for us. Continue reading

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Common Core Lacks Common Sense

From The Foundry:

Proponents of the Common Core national standards push, including the U.S. Department of Education, have long argued that Common Core is a state-led initiative.

Why, then, would Secretary of Education Arne Duncan—and special guest President Obama—meet with more than 40 CEOs to promote Common Core?

President Obama and the nation’s top federal education official met with CEOs this past Wednesday at a gathering of the Business Roundtable in order to, as Education Week’s Sean Cavanagh put it, give Common Core “a boost inside the Beltway.” (Dane Linn, current vice president of education and workforce policy at the Business Roundtable, helped develop Common Core.) Continue reading

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Today was a good day…

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We had a guest in school today. I really like that we have been able to incorporate our youngest into the routine more and more so we can free up mommy to be able to work. I’m thankful that we seem to be getting more comfortable with this whole homeschool thing. And the oldest told me today that he thinks diagramming sentences is fun. I almost passed out, which made him laugh.

I told him at the beginning of the year that he would be learning it and he complained. Loudly. And often. When We started learning it he would huff when he knew a lesson contained diagramming.

But today, when I told him he would have a few sentences to do, he just said ok. And he sounded almost happy. I asked about the lack of complaining and he said “Yeah, I think it’s fun.” I guess I’m doing something right.

Homeschooling 101: Developing Your Educational Philosophy

I often feel that I don’t write enough here, but I then realize I don’t know what to write. I haven’t been doing this long enough to have a lot of advice to offer. I guess I could present personal stories of our homeschooling but I honestly feel like it is banal. I love the time I get to spend with my son but I just don’t know how exciting I can make sentence diagramming and Latin translations.

 

Anyway, The Homeschool Mom has been putting out a series of posts called Homeschooling 101 that I have found very interesting, especially this one. So I am sharing it with my answer to the question she asks at the end of the post hoping someone will find it helpful.

 

“I want my children’s education to produce in them beautiful minds that continually thirst for knowledge and the analytic skills to evaluate the knowledge they acquire according to God’s standards.”

 

I developed that philosophy by praying as I worked through Cathy Duffy’s book. It made me think about a lot of things that I hadn’t considered when I started on our homeschool journey. I actually find the first third of the book way more helpful than the curriculum selections and I suggest the book as a jumping off point whenever I encounter someone else just starting. It doesn’t go in depth about everything, but it does present a good overview that allows you to decide what you want to investigate further.

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The next essential step in a successful homeschool journey… establishing a philosophy for learning.

Philosophy – a theory or attitude held by a person or organization that acts as a guiding principle for behavior.

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Homeschooling101No two homeschooling families are the same. Each of us is uniquely equipped to pursue the path the Lord has given us. Why then, should our philosophies on learning be any different?

Through both prayer and discussion with your husband (steps 1 & 2 of Homeschooling 101), begin to establish what it is the Lord wants from your family in this adventure called learning.

Now, by philosophy, I don’t mean which method of teaching you wish to subscribe to (that is a whole different ball game). What I want new families to focus on, is listening to the call of the Lord and hearing what He is asking of their homeschooling.

For example, in our…

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