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"The most important thing is to be an advocate for your child. Parents have a lot of power if they know how to use it." (Contra Costa Times, 5/5/03.)
"K-12 education has morphed as a field. So many of the old 'movements' have shattered and regrouped into smaller niches. . . old political alliances have broken down into a range of perspectives
. . . In short, the national dialogue has fragmented..."
Parent-Directed Education is our collaboration as THINKING PARENTS.
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We think of "parent-directed education" as a constellation of networks and connections -- between ideas, events and trends, schooling and unschooling, public and private, traditional and alternative, tutors, mentors, libraries, camps, apprenticeships, innovations and inventions, you name it. Parent-directed education centers on informed, differentiated choices for each child, even within one family.
"Although many families still send their children to neighborhood
schools, educators say increasing numbers of parents are weighing
alternatives. Parents now have more choices than ever before.
"[M]any parents are becoming more curious about what
exactly is happening in the classroom. . .such stories don't lend themselves to simple answers, and so are too often missed . . ." Columbia Journalism Review