The film, Waiting for Superman, is raising eyebrows among politicians, increasing blood pressure among teachers’ unions, eliciting praise among charter schools, and causing consternation among pastors and parents. The nation is in a dither over conditions in America’s government schools, especially for fatherless teenagers in ethnic, inner city communities. Producers of the film affirm that their objective is to instigate a serious national debate over the causes and effects of underperforming public schools. The debate has been in process since at least 1962 when topics such as prayer in school, academic vouchers, and educational choice began to appear on media pages and legislative agendas. (more…)
Parents home educate because they want to assume responsibility for training their children to be wise, morally upright, and capable of pursuing a purposeful life based on integrity.
That objective is not necessarily easy to attain. Numerous factors beyond parental control invade the home, disrupting “the best laid plans of mice and man.” Every day has its own set of challenges, disruptions, and circumstances. Daily routines can become easily “side-tracked.” A sequence of “side-tracks” can lead to meltdown of efficiency, thus thwarting the best of intentions to provide an effective home school program. (more…)
Children do not belong to the government. However, some parents fail to understand that moms and dads are responsible for training their children. Sadly, too many parents assume that “professional” educators know how best to prepare a child for school and what should be taught to children in K through 12 instructional programs. Ironically, thousands of children are “under-educated” before and after they are introduced to formal instructional programs. Following are some practical tips which all children should experience at scheduled times (as appropriate) between conception and graduation. (more…)
Home educating a teenager can be a fantastic blessing or a challenge to parental will-power. Tragically, too many parents balk at the idea of home educating an adolescent. Balking is understandable if the curriculum of parental choice requires mom to teach high school courses with books designed for academic experts. However, balking is not necessary when the parent chooses Paradigm Accelerated Curriculum. Don’t let the word “Accelerated” scare you. It simply means that the student is allowed to accelerate studies to complete courses as rapidly as desired or as slowly as needed to earn transcript credit.