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"By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established; and by knowledge
the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches." ~Proverbs 24:3-4

Did You Know…?

In early Colonial days there were no public schools. Children learned from their parents at home. The first schools in New England were called "dame" schools. They were run by women, often widows, out of their homes. These women would do their sewing, knitting, and weaving while the students recited their lessons. Children who lived on southern plantations were often instructed by private tutors. Quakers and other religious groups had their own church schools. The push for government-controlled public education began in the 1830's-40's. The first state to begin forced schooling was Massachusetts in 1852, and mandatory schooling gradually spread outward from there. Nowadays education is a big business, yet at the same time a national trend toward private, charter, and home schools is taking us back to our educational roots.

Mount Rushmore, the world's largest stone monument, is a tribute to four Presidents - George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt - who stood for the most honorable principles and highest ideals of America. Besides being great Presidents, what does each of these men have in common? As children, none of them had any regular, formal schooling. They were all self-educated and learned at home!

The Addams Family Homeschool

The first homeschool family on national television was The Addams Family! In the original episode that aired on September 18, 1964, a truant officer arrives at the Addams family house to investigate the fact that Wednesday and Pugsley have never been to school. Gomez is appalled at the idea of regimented schooling, but he gives in, obeying the law. However, Gomez and Morticia are horrified when Wednesday comes home and they learn that the she is reading Grimm's Fairy Tales and that all of the witches, giants and ogres are killed in the stories. Morticia decides to keep the children home from school because she won't allow the children to learn such things. Gomez demands that Grimm's fairy stories be removed from the curriculum before he'll allow his children to return to school.

The Perfect School

Did you ever hear of a school that:
Has 100% literacy,
Has no drug or alcohol problems,
Doesn’t cost the taxpayers any money,
Tailors curricula to each child’s needs,
Teaches work skills along with academic skills,
Views each child as a unique individual,
Carefully monitors character development,
And emphasizes parental involvement in the children’s education?
This may sound too good to be true, but it’s not—
it’s a home school!

Homeschool ('hOm-"skül) - To teach school subjects to one's children at home.
Homeschooler - 1 : one that homeschools
2 : a child who is homeschooled

The addition of the word "homeschool" to the 1998 edition of the Merriam-Webster dictionary shows that homeschooling has found wide acceptance, and that the one word spelling has become the officially recognized version.

The Power of Knowledge

Don't forget to take advantage of the wide range of educational resources available on the World Wide Web. According to Arizona Public Service Co., for only $120 in electricity - the cost of one three-credit course at a community college - you can surf the Internet on your computer ten hours a day for two years!

More kids learn at home than attend all the public schools in Alaska, Delaware, Hawaii, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont, and Rhode Island combined!

Arizona's Educational Choice is #1

The Education Freedom Index, by Jay P. Greene, 2000, is a first-ever ranking of the fifty states according to how freely parents can choose the means to educate their children. The state with the highest overall score on the Education Freedom Index is Arizona. Arizona gets high marks for its large number of charter schools, its light regulation of home schooling, a private school tax credit, and its unrestricted inter-district school choice program. The highest scoring state on the homeschooling measure is Oregon. The homeschooling measure is the average of two indicators: the percentage of students in the state that are home schooled, and the absence of state restrictions and regulations on home schooling. Read the full report at (The Manhattan Institute is a think tank whose mission is to develop and disseminate new ideas that foster greater economic choice and individual responsibility.)

The brain uses 30 times more energy than any other organ found in the body.
(No wonder I get a headache from thinking too hard!)

Has anyone else noticed that home schooling has become so institutionalized that new eduspeak acronyms are being invented to confuse everyone similarly to those used in the public schools? (Posted on a homeschool e-group!)


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