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Homeschooling 2017

The homeschool movement has continued to grow and shift over the last few years. Megatrends in homeschooling to note:

  1. Growth. Homeschooling is no longer the rare fringy movement that characterized it ten and twenty years ago. Now several percent of the US population, perhaps 3% is actively homeschooling.
  2. Mainstream Awareness, Many Involved.  Because of the widespread awareness and acceptance of homeschooling, the pirate or “us-them” mentality that characterized homeschooling for many years has somewhat dissipated. In fact, many families now homeschool for a few years or homeschool some but not all of the kids. Before, the homeschooling community was somewhat separated from the others, this is not nearly so much the case.
  3. Homeschooling Acceptance. In the old days, homeschoolers had trouble getting resources and even text books or teacher editions. Now, there’s a significant number of vendors, especially technology vendors, who actively market to homeschoolers. Time4Learning, Accellus High School, Reading Eggs, Time4Writing, Science4Us, VocabularySpellingCity, HugeSpelling, All About Spelling, and Writing Without Tears are just a few of the vendors who cater to homeschoolers. There is even a site about homeschooler’s literature!
  4. Technology – The homeschool market and community are now using all the great community tools on the net to find and work with each other. There are Facebook groups (and Twitter and so on) for Road Schooling, Military Homeschoolers, Waldorf Homeschoolers, UnSchoolers, Classical Homeschoolers, and so on and so on.

More Later…

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Home School High School Diploma Certificate

Homeschool-Diploma-Templates (1)It’s time for graduations. Have you thought about whether you are going to celebrate? Have a barbecue?  Take a trip?  Do some sort of ceremony?

And what about having a high school diploma printed up, suitable for framing.

The good folk over at LetsHomeschoolHighschool.com provide a variety of printable High School Home School Diplomas so click your way over there and pick on out for your special graduate. Yes, it’s free!

 

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How Do We Teach US History: Myths or History

In Oklahoma, there’s a brouhaha over whether the AP US History exam should be banned because it’s not respectful enough of US History.

More broadly, there’s decades of battles of  how we should tell the story of US history in K12. Is it a collection of inspirational stories to make us proud?  Is it a stab at teaching the real complexity of history of our peoples so today’s students have a real inkling of how things came to be the way they are?
I’m by coincidence, reading two books that directly relate to this debate. I’ll circle back to the references at the end.

Let me start by pointing out that in Russia, the history books are written as a way to justify their current policies and politics. History is an extension of their propaganda policy which is part of the control system used to deceive, confuse, and manipulate the public.

I’m pleased to live in the USA, land of the free, home of the brave. I am proud of our history but not of all of it.

 As an American, I expect the history books to tell real history, not Russian-style propaganda myths. We are a free country with a proud but blemished history. Lets not further tarnish ourselves by not being frank about what’s happened.

The two books that I’m reading:

Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible: The Surreal Heart of the New Russia by Peter Pomerantsev.  It’s an amusing book told in the first person by a Brit who worked inside the new Russia.

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Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrongby James W. Loewen.  This is the second version of an analysis of high school American textbooks and how they tell a version of US history that has to be totally unlearned by students who study history at the college level.  He covers the changes since the first version of his book came out.

Teaching history is part of the crazy culture wars in this country.  Here’s one example from the book. Most of us were brought up on cowboy movies which tell one history of the frontier.

It doesn’t tell say that the frontier was much like the Berlin Wall, meant to keep people from escaping to the freedom of living with the Native Americans. The slaves were trying to escape to freedom. Many free blacks w

ere also trying to escape the racist European society. And, many Europeans wanted to go live with the Native Americans but according to many colonial and then state laws, it was illegal. This is an untold but real history of much of our frontier.