At the Register: Fear-Based Schooling

I'm agin it.  And yes, this makes me just like Hitler. … [Read more...]

Support for former homeschoolers?

It's okay, kids!  You're just being socialized.

A reader writes:I know you used to homeschool but you do not anymore. Since stopping, have you found any blogs or support groups or anything of like for Christians with kids in public schools? Our kids are going to school in the fall and I am NERVOUS. Oh, yes.  Nervous. The decision to stop homeschooling was one of the hardest ones I've ever had to make.  Lots of nightmares about whether it's worse to send my children off to be eaten by wolves, or simply to cut our losses and eat th … [Read more...]

Drawing for free Catholic textbook!


In honor of the feasts of St. Peter and St. Paul, the Catholic Textbook Project is giving away a free history textbook of your choice.  To enter the drawing, go here and leave a comment.When we were homeschooling, we did use textbooks, especially for history.  It's great to read source materials and flesh things out with novels and activities, but nothing can replace a solid, through, well-researched textbook.  I'm not familiar with this company myself, but long-time reader and ho … [Read more...]

Simple School

Okay, for real this time:  come see what I wrote for Faith and Family Live.  It's about how, even though I have abandoned four of my children to the netherworld of not-homeschooling, I still have four kids at home, and I still know a thing or two about a thing or two. … [Read more...]

A little blaze

In discussing history with my older kids, I always try to hammer home the following point: when someone tells you that this or that issue is perfectly simple, then that person is either stupid or lying.Here's a satisfying case in point:  a recent Salon article (h/t to Kevin James) reminds us that, despite what renowned scholar Dan "I know how to type" Brown tells us, it wasn't the mean old misogynistic Church who led those infamous European witch hunts.  More reliable sources s … [Read more...]