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Test Prep on a High School Transcript

Test Prep on a High School Transcript
SAT preparation is a good idea, but you don't want to announce "WE STUDY FOR THE TEST" in big bold letters, so I don't recommend the title "SAT Preparation" for a course title.  Instead, I prefer calling it something else. Many public and private schools will include test prep in their regular English and math courses.  Others will provide separate classes for SAT prep, like you are doing.  It's completely fine to give credit for test...
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Academic Gap Widens for Black Males

Academic Gap Widens for Black Males
The headline in the New York Times screams "Black boys score far behind white students." "An achievement gap separating black from white students has long been documented — a social divide extremely vexing to policy makers and the target of one blast of school reform after another. But a new report focusing on black males suggests that the picture is even bleaker than generally known." Great news!  This does NOT apply to homeschool parents! It's an...
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College Entrance Exams Tell Bad News

College Entrance Exams Tell Bad News
Here is an article that appeared in the Education Reporter : Results from both of the major college entrance exams demonstrate that few high school seniors are well-prepared for college. The 2008 ACT, the second-most widely administered college entrance exam, demonstrated that less than a quarter of test-takers who graduated in spring of 2009 demonstrated in all subjects the skills they would need to do well in college. Just as with the SAT, ACT test-takers are...
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What if Your Kids Want to Go to Public School?

What if Your Kids Want to Go to Public School?
My article " What If Your Kids Want to Go to Public School? " was recently published by Bizymoms.com, and it got quite a response!  I had an interesting email conversation with Julieanne that I wanted to share, because I thought others might enjoy the follow-up articles I suggested.  Thank you, Julieanne, for giving me permission to share your comments. Lee, Thank you so much!   I read your article tonight called, "What If Your Kids Want...
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Revolving Door Strategy

Revolving Door Strategy
People are starting to panic about their choice to send their kids to public school.  As homeschoolers, sometimes we look at the other side of the fence, and think the grass is greener over there by the public school.  You may not realize how many public school parents are thinking the same thing about homeschooling! When people ask me about pulling their kids out of public school for a while, "until they get up to grade...
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The "At-Your-Pace" Diploma

The "At-Your-Pace" Diploma
Isn't it wonderful to discover that public schools struggle with finding an appropriate grading scale, just like homeschoolers? Check out one proposed solution to the problem coming from the Seattle School District : (Former Chief Academic Officer) Rimmer's decision was a part of a larger effort to focus more on what students learn, and less on how long it takes them. She once proposed what she called an "at-your-pace" diploma, which students would earn in three...
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No Perfect Schools

No Perfect Schools
Romans 12:3:  For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment In our conviction to homeschool, it's easy to fall into a "we're better than them" mentality.  When we look at school, though, we are faced with the truth:  no school is perfect, nope, not one.  Our efforts to homeschool are imperfect, just as...
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Ready for Community College?

Ready for Community College?
Joyce asked:  Do you believe that the risk is community college itself (i.e., is it WORSE than the universities in moral issues - which I cannot imagine!) or is it the age at which our h.s. juniors and seniors are when they encounter it?  I'd really like to hear what you think about this. Dear Joyce, I do NOT believe that the experience at community college has anything at all do do with the age of...
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I'm Just Sayin'

I'm Just Sayin'
I saw an advertisement for Laurel Springs.  It says their "One to one student/teacher interaction.... give your child an education comparable to the best private schools" and "You can enroll... to receive curriculum and teacher service." I know that it's the season for homeschool conventions, and you will be FLOODED with homeschool advertisements.  I just want to point out that with independent homeschooling you ALSO have a one to one student-teacher interaction.  And perhaps we don't...
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Bonnie and Clyde Weren't Homeschooled!

Bonnie and Clyde Weren't Homeschooled!
Once upon a time, my children went to public school.  In fourth grade, they invited my son Kevin into the prestigious "Academically Capable" program.  We had lots of trouble that year, but nothing so profound as the "Oregon Trail" fiasco.  You may well wonder what could possibly go wrong in an Oregon trail unit study!  Each student was given a family identity, and followed them through the Oregon Trial.  One day the teacher told the students...
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