Did You Know…?
Mount Rushmore, the world's largest stone monument, is a tribute to four Presidents - George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt - who stood for the most honorable principles and highest ideals of America. Besides being great Presidents, what does each of these men have in common? As children, none of them had any regular, formal schooling. They were all self-educated and learned at home!
The Addams Family Homeschool
The first homeschool family on national television was The Addams Family! In the original episode that aired on September 18, 1964, a truant officer arrives at the Addams family house to investigate the fact that Wednesday and Pugsley have never been to school. Gomez is appalled at the idea of regimented schooling, but he gives in, obeying the law. However, Gomez and Morticia are horrified when Wednesday comes home and they learn that the she is reading Grimm's Fairy Tales and that all of the witches, giants and ogres are killed in the stories. Morticia decides to keep the children home from school because she won't allow the children to learn such things. Gomez demands that Grimm's fairy stories be removed from the curriculum before he'll allow his children to return to school.
The Perfect School
Did you ever hear of a school that:
Homeschool ('hOm-"skül) - To teach school subjects to one's children at home.
The addition of the word "homeschool" to the 1998 edition of the Merriam-Webster dictionary shows that homeschooling has found wide acceptance, and that the one word spelling has become the officially recognized version.
The Power of Knowledge
Don't forget to take advantage of the wide range of educational resources available on the World Wide Web. According to Arizona Public Service Co., for only $120 in electricity - the cost of one three-credit course at a community college - you can surf the Internet on your computer ten hours a day for two years!
More kids learn at home than attend all the public schools in Alaska, Delaware, Hawaii, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont, and Rhode Island combined!
Arizona's Educational Choice is #1
The Education Freedom Index, by Jay P. Greene, 2000, is a first-ever ranking of the fifty states according to how freely parents can choose the means to educate their children. The state with the highest overall score on the Education Freedom Index is Arizona. Arizona gets high marks for its large number of charter schools, its light regulation of home schooling, a private school tax credit, and its unrestricted inter-district school choice program. The highest scoring state on the homeschooling measure is Oregon. The homeschooling measure is the average of two indicators: the percentage of students in the state that are home schooled, and the absence of state restrictions and regulations on home schooling. Read the full report at www.manhattan-institute.org. (The Manhattan Institute is a think tank whose mission is to develop and disseminate new ideas that foster greater economic choice and individual responsibility.)
The brain uses 30 times more energy than any other organ found in the body.
Has anyone else noticed that home schooling has become so institutionalized that new eduspeak acronyms are being invented to confuse everyone similarly to those used in the public schools? (Posted on a homeschool e-group!)
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