Skip to comments.Technology Rapidly Changing the Definition of Homeschooling
Posted on 08/21/2012 6:08:38 PM PDT by wintertime
Its hard to identify an area where technology has made more impact than homeschooling. With the growth of digital learning options, many parents who have never before considered taking more control over their childrens education are now withdrawing their kids from traditional schools at least part-time and allowing them to take advantage of courses offered by not only for-profit providers on contract to their school districts, but also online high school programs offered by some of the best colleges and universities around the country.
(snip) Most of the studies compiled by groups such as the National Home School Education Research Institute and Home School Legal Defense Association claim that standardized test scores taken by home-educated children are as much as 30 percent higher than scores by public school students.
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Children who attend our nation's government indoctrination centers risk:
1) They **will** learn to think and reason godlessly. They must just to cooperate in the classroom, read the godless textbooks, and do their godless home assignments.
2) They risk learning to be comfortable with socialism. Hey! Any voting mob that is powerful enough to give them tuition-free schooling is powerful enough to give them **lots** of free stuff.
3) In many ways, government schools treat children, ( whose only crime was to be born) like prisoners. All their First Amendment Rights are trashed. They are marched around like prisoners. Like prisoners they are told when they can eat, rest, exercise, use the restrooms, and their buildings look like prisons. In other words they risk learning to be compliant prisoners of the state.
Another reason why homeschooling is easier than ever.
I will offer this observation. Eventually, people will realize that if a kid is allowed to proceed at his own speed and level....he’s pretty attained the education level you’d expect at 18...but at the age of 16. Then we will all come to the table and ask why continue to make the magic number “12”. Offer the kid an exam in the tenth grade....if he passes, then offer him a chance to graduate and move onto a community college for one year of state-provided tuition. You can figure you will save on teacher cost and it just makes sense to offer the kid a chance to exit.
I’ve believed for twenty years that we’ve got the wrong plan on the board....and this new IT relationship to school and a chance for kids to move at their own speed will eventually prove that point.
um.. that is exactly how the system works and has always worked.
Kids have always had the ability to skip grades if they were ahead of their peers and had mastered the subject matter.
I skipped a grade when I was in school and I know many people who skipped several grades, it’s fairly common.
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“Ive believed for twenty years that weve got the wrong plan on the board....and this new IT relationship to school and a chance for kids to move at their own speed will eventually prove that point.”
It’ll be considered racist because the poor blacks don’t the have computer skills to excel.
I have friends and relatives who'd love to have their kids skip a grade or two because they could academically, but the big issue is the social one. The kids would be with (gasp) kids who are not their *peers*.
The schools are very resistant to accelerating kids not only for that reason, but also because they don't want to make the kids who aren't so gifted to feel bad (poor babies).
Maybe it used to be fairly common.....
It is actually reasonable to expect to master grade 12 material by age 14, if home school is properly done.
2) Charles Murray ( author of the “Bell Curve”) suggests certifiable qualifying exams. With Kahn Academy and other online programs there is plenty of free material available. What is lacking are certifiable exams.
3) n my opinion, the qualifying exams should start in first grade and be by subject. If a child proves mastery of addition he should moved immediately to the next level.
4) My children entered college at the ages of 13, 12, and 13, so very young children can be ready for college. There is historical precedence. At one time in our nation's history it was common for young teens to enroll in college.
I researched the GED in our state when my daughter was 14, a year after being in college. The age was 16 and she had to have permission from the school system. I researched again when she turned 16 and the age had been raised to 18. I’ll guess she’ll just have to be happy with a college degree.
HOORAY/BUMP for homeschoolers! DEPOPULATE socialist mind-control laboratories.
Maybe it used to be fairly common....”
I went to a small country grade school, all 8 grades in one room so the younger kids got to hear the older kids lessons. Ended up skipping two grades and so was only 16 when I graduated versus my friends who were all 18. Embarrassing on occasion when I couldn’t legally do things they could but great now because I’m the youngest at all of my class reunions!
“Im the youngest at all of my class reunions!”
I graduated a year early, and I too am the youngest at all of my class reunions...60th coming up next year. I rather like it this way! Notice that I did it without all the Rapidly Changing Technology, and my ‘home schooling’ was self imposed (via my attention to homework, and extra attention to detail, plus my extraordinary level of intelligence) :) LOL while I pat myself on the back...
An excerpt from John Walkers essay Enemies:
“Do not entrust your children to the enemy. So-called public schools (the correct term is government schools, since in recent decades the publicparentshave lost all control over them) have been entirely captured by the enemy and become institutions of indoctrination and moral corruption which fail at teaching even basic skills. It is parental malfeasance verging on child abuse to send one’s offspring to these corrupt, corrupting, and nonperforming schools. If you cannot afford a well-run private or religious school (most have per-pupil costs well below that of government schools, but of course you have to pay that tuition on top of your taxes supporting the failed government schools), consider home-schooling your children, perhaps in conjunction with other like-minded parents. Even if you can afford it, don’t assume a private or religious school supports your values; talk to parents of students enrolled there and teachers: if they show signs of being enemies, don’t send your kids there.
Do not become indebted to the enemy. Higher education is overwhelmingly in the hands of the enemy. One of the greatest scams in recent decades has been the explosion in tuition and fees, which results in graduates of four-year and postgraduate programs burdened with six-figure debt they’re forced to pay off in the key years they should be saving to accumulate capital for starting a family, buying a house, educating their children, and retirement. This is not accidental: by blocking capital formation in people’s key earning years, they are rendered dependent upon the state for their retirement and health care in old age, which is precisely the intent.
What élite universities and professional schools provide for the exorbitant fee is a credential which offers entry into the ranks of the enemy, and the education they provide is indoctrination in the enemy’s belief system. If you need a credential, shop around and get what you require at a price that doesn’t sink you into debt throughout your peak earning years. Unless you’ve bought into the enemy’s credential game, where you went to college will be irrelevant after you’ve had a few years of job experience.’
The complete essay is here:
Does anybody have a recommendation for a good preschool curriculum? My granddaughter is three, and it’s been a long time since we were in the market for home school materials. I do recall in the early years we used Abeka. Don’t know what’s the going thing these days.
One of children when she was younger joked that the only thing she had graduated from was Montessori preschool and Space Camp!
I’d like to add to your list:
4) They will never, ever learn critical thinking as it is the antithesis of indoctrination because it encourages the questioning of assumptions. Critical thinking is absolutely necessary for making it in this world. Critical thinking is a foundation of entrepreneurism. Another phrase that describes this is “thinking outside the box.”
The kids don’t learn much about logical thinking either.
Um...no it doesn’t and no it hasn’t. In some places and times, yes, but generally not even close to being common. For one thing, the system doesn’t want revenue units escaping.
It’s not common, because kids smart enough to get that far ahead of their peers with parents that will even allow them to skip isn’t common.
But the option to test out of classes and grades exists nearly everywhere even in college.
Any truly phonics-based reading curriculum would do. Sam Blumenfeld’s Alpha Phonics is one good example. There are others
You don’t need a curriculum for math at 3. Just teach counting and number recognition. When she is older just teach her all the math facts using flash cards until the answers are automatic responses. Then you can move to Saxon 5/4 and she’ll finish it doing most of the problems in her head in about six weeks. I’ve done it three times, and I got the idea from Art Robinson’s site - robinsoncurriculum.
You are probably looking for an pre-set instruction book filled with clear directions detailing precisely what to do for pre-schoolers, but I would suggest leaving the structured things behind at least through the pre-school years. I think the best preparation for pre-school years is for the child to learn to explore things she is curious about, learn how and where to find more information about a subject, learn how to follow instructions and learn how to stay on task to completion even if it is difficult.
For example, take her on nature walks naming the plants you know and if you find plants she in interested in, help her do rubbings, or make pictures by glueing leaves on paper, or take photographs of the plants and help her look them up in nature books at the library or on the internet when she gets home. If you enjoy bird, animal or bug watching, you both can do that too.
Cooking with young children is another way to teach them a number of skills such as arithmetic, measurement, fractions, patience. With a pre-schooler, I would stay away from anything that required the child to use the stove.
Playing games can be very instructional. Hopscotch, for example, is a very good game for math.
Five in a Row (http://fiarhq.com/fiveinarow.info/index.html) is excellent for children’s literature with related activities to do with your granddaughter. The Before Five in a Row program may be something you are looking to use. We used the Five in a Row program and we enjoyed it.
I have known many homeschoolers who have used Abeka and have found it very useful, but I personally prefer more hands on type instruction especially for younger children.
There is an ever-growing number of black families who are homeschooling or enrolled in cyber-schools. In the next state over (and soon to be introduced in my own state), many school districts offer an option for public school students to enroll in K-12 virtual charter school via a home computer. It has become a popular option, and because the family doesn't have to pay for it, it's an option that anyone at any income level can take. (At least, that's what I've been told by people who are involved in it.)
It's not an option my own family would want, but cyber-school is an option that works for many other families.
A couple of years ago, homeschoolers on FR gave their recommendations for educational books and other materials, and I compiled a list at the link below. (Scroll down past post #4 to a listing organized by subject and with links.)
“I personally prefer more hands on type instruction especially for younger children”
Your post was better than the one I was working on. My daughter learned the months of the year in an afternoon, singing and dancing to Paul Anka’s “Calendar Girl” song. Her early math was game playing, including Black Jack. I played that as a kid when on vacation with other kids my age and boy did I learn fast! Playing “Monopoly” with my cut throat, cheating sister also helped me. There are so many teaching/ learning activities in just day-to-day activities, and even in computer games. My daughter learned a lot of history from playing Age of Empires because she wanted to read about the civilizations to optimize game play. Frankly, textbooks are boring for young children. Plant the seed for a thirst for knowledge through life experience and they’ll seek out the books as they get older.
IMO, much of the curriculum for those early years is just a money maker for the textbook companies.
At that age kids can absorb a tremendous amount of information about the real world around them without learning to formally learning to read, write, and figure.
As you read to her, she’ll learn to read. She’ll learn math as you discuss everyday situations. History will not make much sense until she’s got a better grasp of more abstract concepts of passage of time and politics and social issues. Kids at that age are very concrete learners and do well with science kind of things.
A book that deals with this is called *Better Late Than Early* by Drs. Moore and Moore, a couple of public school educators who became some of the foremost advocates of homeschooling before it really took off in this country.
We have been using Time4Learning.com for our sons. It seems okay. Anyone have any thoughts on that site?????
It’s more like their parents don’t have the “give a d*mn” for their kids to excel.
Two things about accelerating a kid in the public school system. Think “Lord of the Flies”. The boys will get beat up and the girls will be preyed upon sexually.
Nope, “the system” is not for kids whose parents want them to get the best education experience.
Florida does this - at 15. If the kid passes, he can take junior college level classes. I had one graduate with an AA at 17.
I think Ruth Beechick’s book, Language and Thinking for Young Children, is an excellent resource. I agree that a hands-on, lifestyle of learning approach is the best way to work with preschoolers. Of course, there are some that actually like worksheets....
http://www.starfall.com is the BEST
Thanks everyone for your ideas and links. Sorry I took so long to respond. It’s perhaps a bit shocking, but I ... I have a life outside FR. There, I said it. :) And in the last two days, between work and famiy and house (broken lawnmower, to be precise), my time on FR has been somewhat curtailed. But I just wanted you all to know how much I appreciate the input. You’ve given me a great start on my research.
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