WHY WE HOMESCHOOL
Education stories ripped from this week's headlines, by author
LauraMaery Gold, for the benefit of parents and other educators
who care about kids. (See distribution notice at end before
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SHOULD WE SPELL IT OUT? It was a homeschooler who won this year's National
Spelling Bee -- hardly a surprise, since the top three finalists were all
homeschooled. Twelve-year-old George Thampy, from Maryland Heights,
Missouri, won the 73rd Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee on Thursday.
Homeschoolers made up nearly 11 percent of the finalists in the National
Spelling Bee -- one of many national academic competitions in which
homeschoolers are represented well beyond their proportion in the national
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Can you spell "homeschooling works"?
CALIFORNIA DISTRICT REJECTS HOMESCHOOLERS. Modesto, California,
homeschoolers who want to transfer to public schools had a door slammed in
their faces this week when the board of trustees decided against accepting
transfer credits from homeschools or unaccredited private schools. "It's a
slap in the face," said one local homeschooling parent. "It's easier now to
get into Yale than to get into Modesto City Schools, if you're a
And a heck of a lot more useful.
LOOK WHAT WE CREATED! A Montvale, New Jersey, high school principle
collapsed and had to undergo a heart procedure after graduating seniors at
his school went on a rampage. Their senior "prank" involved releasing
thousands of rubber balls into the hallways. When someone also released
rats, mice and thousands of crickets into the hallways, the principal
called a student into his office to investigate. Seniors gathered in the
lobby, shouting for the student's release. Then they pulled a fire alarm,
and began a melee outside the school.
But they all passed the standardized test!
ABSOLUTELY FREE HOMESCHOOL RESOURCE OF THE WEEK: TerraServer
> The best photos in town -- ANY town! The USGS
has photographed your house, your grandma's house, and the White House.
Name your town, see a picture. How's that for a geography lesson? -- lmg
FAILING FOURTH GRADERS. More than 40 percent of New York fourth graders
failed to meet state standards this year for academic attainment.
Amazingly, that's an improvement over last year, when more than half of the
students flunked the standardized test. This year's test format was changed
to permit students to write in responses, rather than select the correct
response from a multiple-choice list.
Hay, mom...kin I go too summer skool?
CONSTRUCTIVE CONTROVERSY. Parents whose children are being taught a new
form of new math are protesting the change. The new "constructivist"
approach ignores rules-based teaching for an approach that allows children
simply to "discover" math.
Thirty kids: Why unschool doesn't transfer to public school.
SCHOOL VIOLENCE REPORTS: Hazing is not only becoming more common amongst
high school students; it's also become more sadistic and more sexualized.
The brutality commonly involves sodomizing young men who are involved in
And on it goes....
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