Tag: Home Schooling

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Here on Ricochet, we have several home-schooling parents.  Given that many schools are closed and kids have to get their schooling at home for the rest of the year, perhaps our experienced home-schoolers could offer a weekly column on tips and tricks for home-schooling your kids.  If there’s already a Ricochet Group for home-schoolers, perhaps […]

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Public Education: Trapped by the Progressive Agenda

 

For years we’ve been talking about the poor state of education. For conservatives, it’s even worse: our children are learning propaganda with a Progressive agenda; the government and teachers control the curriculum and textbooks to the detriment of the students; and there is no indication that anything will change soon.

It’s time that we took back education, and we can already see strategies that are beginning to support a balanced agenda for authentic learning.

To highlight one of my major concerns, school textbooks, I was alarmed to read an article by Joy Pullmann in The Federalist about a new textbook being considered for Advanced Placement courses in the 2019 edition. Pullmann reports on some of the content of By the People: A History of the United States:

A Homeschooler Applies to College

 

I have six tadpoles, all of whom have been or currently are homeschooled, the oldest of whom is a college junior and the youngest of whom is a third grader in our own Edith Stein Academy. Right now, our high school senior and I are engaged in college application fun. I thought it might be of some interest to the Ricochetti to hear what the process is like for home schooling families like the one here in Toad Hall.

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Compulsory Education: An Idea Whose Time Has Gone

 

It is a truth universally acknowledged that the US education system is messed up.  Opinions differ as to what — precisely — is wrong, what can be done to fix it, and whether fixing it is possible or even desirable.  One thing we should all be able to agree with is that making education compulsory in today’s world makes no sense.

I am not arguing that education is bad.  I am not arguing that attendance at school should be officially discouraged.  I am arguing (among other things) that forcing the most vulnerable in our society — the children of the poor in the inner cities and deprived rural areas — to attend institutions that we know do not work (or that are actively harmful) is a colossal waste of resources that actively prevents better things from happening.