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Should Texas Home-school Students Have To Prove That They're Learning?

AP | Rebecca Klein | Posted 11.03.2015 | Politics

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Laura McIntyre began educating her nine children more than a decade ago inside a vacant office at an El Paso motorcycle ...

What No One Told Me About Being a Stay-at-Home Mom

Shawna Wingert | Posted 10.22.2015 | Parents
Shawna Wingert

I am beginning to learn that being home with these children means embracing the chaos and the crazy. It means planning for the plan to always flex and change.

A Parent's GPS Guide to Confident Homeschooling

Pat Fenner | Posted 10.08.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Pat Fenner

With homeschooling on the rise, more and more parents are assuming a direct responsibility for their children's education. No matter how committed we are or in it for the long haul, however, there are times when all homeschooling parents experience a crises of confidence.

The Reason I Chose to Homeschool My Kids Has Nothing to Do With Teachers

Melissa Roy | Posted 09.14.2015 | Education
Melissa Roy

When I go on about why we choose to homeschool, I just want my teacher friends and readers to know: this is not about you. I know the hard work you put in to your job and the amazing people you are.

Don't Let the School Choose You: Pros and Cons of Homeschooling

Carol J. Carter | Posted 10.09.2015 | Education
Carol J. Carter

The use of technology has expanded the scope and effectiveness of homeschooling by leaps and bounds. Parents and students can now create their own, fully customizable lesson plans with just a few clicks.

The Most Frustrating Things People Say to a Homeschooling Parent

Jennifer Bly | Posted 08.25.2015 | Parents
Jennifer Bly

I have recognized that there are several frustrating things people say to a homeschool parent. I've heard these statements on numerous occasions, and while I realize they may be innocent, many of them are indirectly hurtful and even obnoxious.

President Obama: Release Jewish Homeschooling Family Imprisoned in the United States

Christina Fialho | Posted 08.18.2015 | World
Christina Fialho

The Albrecht family's story reads like a Kafka novel, but begins with an e-mail from former Bay Watch actress Alexandra Paul.

I Homeschool My Preschooler, and I Don't Care What You Think About It

Rachel Garlinghouse | Posted 08.13.2015 | Parents
Rachel Garlinghouse

Before you pipe up about socialization or public school preparedness or homeschooling stereotypes (all homeschooled kids are weird) please remember this. The homeschooling parent standing next to you is doing what all good parents do: what's best for their children.

6 Reasons It's Ok to Pull Your Kids Out of School and Take Them on 'Vacation'

Carrie Visintainer | Posted 08.05.2015 | Parents
Carrie Visintainer

People often marvel at this, amazed that such a thing is possible. Admittedly, the first time around, I was really nervous to approach the school's administration about our plans. Like every parent, I love my kids and want the best for them, and when swimming upstream against American cultural norms, self-doubt lurks.

How Does an Island Feel? Raising Gifted Children in a World That Turns Its Back

Amanda Mancino | Posted 06.02.2015 | Parents
Amanda Mancino

As the months passed, the rhythm that so many had spoken of never came. Our days were a marvelous performance of song and dance, intense tears followed by laughter, hours and hours of books. His quiet could only be had by listening to my voice stumble over Dostoyevsky or Dickens.

Confessions of a New Home Schooling Mom

Kari Wagner-Peck | Posted 06.23.2015 | Parents
Kari Wagner-Peck

7-year-old's don't give one whit that you have given up your identity or that you are sacrificing yourself for their well-being. So, don't point that out to them. It's the equivalent of blood in the water for shar

7 Annoying Questions Homeschoolers Hear

Jacqueline Wilson | Posted 05.16.2015 | Parents
Jacqueline Wilson

When I started homeschooling my daughter, I never imagined all the questions that we would get from non-homeschoolers. People seem to be perplexed by homeschoolers because they can't put us in a box. They can't categorize us, and, for some reason, that makes people uncomfortable.

5 Keys To Making Life And Career After Baby Feel Like A More Perfect Union

Camalo Gaskin | Posted 04.20.2015 | Parents
 Camalo Gaskin

Have a broad and detailed perspective of where you want to be, what you want to experience, what your values are, who you want to be around, what emotions you want to fuel you. These are all critical to devoting your time adequately to your grander purpose.

What's It Like to Be Homeschooled?

Maureen Anderson | Posted 04.19.2015 | Small Business
Maureen Anderson

How was it possible a seven-year-old was running a cash register and holding down a side business in addition to those retail responsibilities? Why wasn't she in school? Indigo is in school.

Homeschooling: Setting the Record Straight

Chris Sosa | Posted 04.11.2015 | Education
Chris Sosa

During the late 1980s, my mother heard a radio report about an educational method called "homeschooling." At the time, it was framed as a predominantly religious response in the U.S. to the secularization of schooling. But what mom saw was an opportunity to spend more time raising her children in the way she believed to be best.

Give High School Students the Same Freedom as College Students

Blake Boles | Posted 02.18.2015 | Education
Blake Boles

Real learning thrives when students have real choices. Give high school students the same freedom as college students, and we'll take education a step in the right direction.

9 Lifesaving Tips to Survive Homeschooling Overseas

AK Turner | Posted 02.04.2015 | Parents
AK Turner

If you can survive traveling with your kids, you can survive schooling them, as well. Here are nine tips to keep in mind when homeschooling your kids away from home.

8 Mistakes of the Would-Be Digital Nomad Family

AK Turner | Posted 01.26.2015 | Travel
AK Turner

You work from your laptop. You've heard stories of people just like you who travel for months at a time. You think you're ready to give it a try. I think you're ready, too. When planning your first trip, make sure you avoid these eight common mistakes of would-be traveling families.

To Fix School, Make it Consensual

Blake Boles | Posted 01.16.2015 | Education
Blake Boles

C.S. Lewis wrote, "Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive." Education is no exception. To become a self-directed learner is to become, in the words of my friend Ethan Mitchell, a consensual learner.

How to Write 50,000 Words in a Month

Blake Boles | Posted 01.13.2015 | Education
Blake Boles

The secret to the success of the Writing Retreat, I believe, was that we created a place for our writers to work alone, together.

The Best Way To Learn Tolerance? Raise A Teenager

Edwin Leap, MD | Posted 01.13.2015 | Parents
Edwin Leap, MD

Tolerance is the word we now use to say, "you have to agree with my views." However, as one sees with teenagers, tolerance in truth means to disagree, but to respect. And in its highest, most beautiful incarnation, to disagree and yet love.

Holy Flow Parenting

Brooke Hampton | Posted 01.03.2015 | Parents
Brooke Hampton

Holy Flow parenting for me has been about making a conscious decision every morning to embrace and enjoy these moments while the kids are under this roof with me. I don't want to just survive this phase of our lives, I want to be fully present and enjoy it!

To Home School or Not to Home School, and What Are the Alternatives?

Quora | Posted 12.23.2014 | Education

We want our children to have agency and autonomy, to be able to chart their path in the real world, to have reliable internal controls.

Boners + Belly Laughter: Laughterbating With Aella's Avant-garde, NSFW Performance Art (Part II)

Jesse Damiani | Posted 11.02.2014 | Weird News
Jesse Damiani

Weird stuff happens here all the time. Sometimes we have dance parties. I have these lights that flash and stuff, and they play a lot of rap music.

Back to School - Or Not? Five Reasons to Consider Learning Without Schooling for Your Teen

Catherine Gobron | Posted 10.11.2014 | Education
Catherine Gobron

Here we are in August and teens across the country are getting ready to go back to school. Some of them are looking forward to it. And some are not....