Government schools differ from the real world in so many ways. There are no grades where you move with your age group to the next level — all 40 year olds are not in the 40th grade. There are not a fixed set of subjects determined by some central planner and whether local teachers know the subjects. Now you can experience some freedom in both areas through the online education website – Khan Academy. Read more
Members of the Kentucky mob (aka government) recently sought to increase the exodus age (aka dropout age) from the local regimentation centers (aka public schools). Local press promoted the bill as likely to pass but a procedural vote squashed it. Read more
For all we write about persecution in the United States, when it comes to home schooling, German citizens flee their country for the freedom to teach their children. A US judge recently granted asylum to a German family with five children. The article in the French paper, Le Monde, used accurate language to describe the goverment’s “free” “public” “school system” as compulsory schooling. However, the article cast home schooling as driven by religious views, when it’s about allowing people the right to study what they want and how they want.Â The idea of sitting in a room with 30 other people with different abilities and interests, yet all being forced to learn the same subject is not what many would call smart schooling.
A New York City mom who allows her nine-year-old son to ride the subway wrote an article about her mothering ways and became an overnight news story, cast as the “Worst Mom in America.” Many hate e-mails later, the mom wrote a book called “Free Range Kids” and now maintains a blog to argue that childhood is about discovering the world, not being held captive, and some of kids’ fondest memories are those on their own.Â With more mom’s thinking that children deserve more freedom, the less likely it is that power-hungry politicians hell-bent on showing they’re tough on crime will propose laws restricting the actions of teenagers. If kids deserve free range,Â they don’t deserve government schools with locked-down campuses. It wouldn’t be surprising if the author decided to home school her son, giving him “free range” to learn what interests him, rather than topics chosen by the federal and state government or the local school board.Â Read more
An ultra-conservative, Texas government “school” does not allow the latest denim craze: skinny jeans. Administrators at a Kimbrough Middle School in Mesquite gave Seth Chamlee a choice: change into some pants provided by the school or go home. He went home and he’s going to stay there. His mom said, “â€œWeâ€™re going to home schooling. He can learn more without the distraction of what to wear. To not be getting your education because of pants â€¦ I donâ€™t want him to learn that.” Read more
I go to a private school in Massachusetts for highschool now, but I used to go to public school, and I’m not sure which is worse. Mid-december of this year, someone drew graffiti in one on the men’s rooms. Nothing major, just the Dead Kennedys symbol. In response, the school administration, who have a long history of zero-tolerance, pre-emptive discipline, and squandering money for themselves, shut down all the men’s rooms in the school.
Learn all about home-schooling by reading Ben Williams’ memoirs. Ben left the intellectual col-de-sac known as the government school system and now enjoys life as a home-schooler. Use the board at the right to ask him questions about his new life or to post your own home-school experiences and aspirations. Ben is totally psyched to give you a glimpse of education as it used to be: a private experience free from governmental interference. Read more
Unschooling is a style of homeschooling. Interest motivated learning; meaningful knowledge, unlike the standard approach of forced doctrine and information handed out by a teacher. Here’s a quote from the site: Read more
Hi! My name is Courtney Furgason and I’m 13 years old. My brother, sisters and I have been unschooled all our lives and my mom is the founder ofÂ Houston Unschoolers Group. Here is a a poem I wrote for theAmerican High contest that our local PBS station had and I was a finalist. Read more
The government continues to harass home-schooled students by trying to schedule visits by the principal of a local government school. Two parents in Lynn, Boston are fighting back by asking the state’s highest court to bar the inspections. The parents claim that the visits are like an unconstitutional search. Read more
Amy L. of St. Paul, MN who wrote:
“We are a homeschooling family. The children (and adults) in this home are in control of their own education. We are horrified by the treatment of public schooled institutionalized children. You have given us more issues to discuss and ponder Read more