Dear Teacher

Alas. We spent our summer swimming, watching X Files, sucking down gallons and gallons of ramen, eviscerating countless watermelons, making a meticulous survey of the entire lifework of the master cinematographer Chow Yun Fat, and creating various kinds of heartache for your long-suffering soul sister, the public librarian.Read the rest at the Register.***Image via Wikimedia Commons … [Read more...]

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25 Back-to-school Items Your Kids Can’t Geek Without

Doing your back to school shopping online, maybe? Do me a big favor and use this link.It will take you to Amazon, and you'll have the exact same shopping experience as you always do -- only my code is craftily embedded in the link, and every time you buy something, I get a percentage. Easy for you, super super super helpful for us!We are still in denial about school shopping, but there are a few items that caught my eye -- things that will help ease the pain when we can't put it off any longe … [Read more...]

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How’s Common Core working out for you?

There are a lot of good things in Common Core -- things that really did need fixing about the typical American public educational curriculum. Math is one of those things. Show me a teenage cashier who went through public schools and can easily make change for a five, and then we'll discuss whether the system that's been in place for the last few decades is good enough.Read the rest at the Register. … [Read more...]

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My book’s first review, and a giveaway!

My book isn't even available for pre-order yet, but it already got a good review!Bearing of Bearing Blog read The Sinner's Guide to NFP, and she wrote: [E]ven if I am not the target audience, I am maybe the target reviewer, because I wholeheartedly endorse the attitude in this book.  The truth is that even when you're both totally on board, NFP has features which, well, you might as well laugh at them so you don't (a) cry or (b) throw things at each other. As for the state of NFP … [Read more...]

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Support for former homeschoolers?

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...]

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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 show t … [Read more...]

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Why we’re dropping out of home school

A couple of people have asked why we're not home schooling any more.  We will be, a little bit -- my six-year-old son will be at home for first grade, and my four-year-old daughter keeps handing me notes composed of random letters, in a pathetic plea to be taught how to read and write.And of course we'll keep our feral three-year-old, whom no school can hold, and the smartest baby in the world (16 months old), who is not only putting together two- and three-word sentences, she can say "Come … [Read more...]

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