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Meaningful Learning Starts with the Child, Not a Curriculum

Meaningful Learning Starts with the Child, Not a Curriculum

Meaningful Learning Starts with the Child, Not a Curriculum By Linda Dobson Those of us who attended public school caught on pretty early that school was all about curriculum, or the list the teacher had containing all the tidbits of information she was to pass on to those children in her charge. As a child, I had such blind faith in the [...]

What If…

What If…

What If... By Linda Dobson What if we practiced the Golden Rule with children...all children? What if adults stopped trying to change each child's essence to make him fit into a quite confining mold of sameness as all others? What if our schools actually educated children, instead of programming them? What if we saved grading for eggs [...]

Skip College; 6 Ways to Build Your Own Post-High School Education

Skip College; 6 Ways to Build Your Own Post-High School Education

Skip College; 6 Ways to Build Your Own Post-High School Education By Linda Dobson Like so many aspects of public education today - standardized testing, lectures, age-separated classes, one-size-fits-all curriculum and more - the promise still perpetuated by politicians at all levels that going to college is going to be everyone's saving [...]

6 Reasons States Shouldn’t Balance Budgets with a Carrot to Homeschool

6 Reasons States Shouldn’t Balance Budgets with a Carrot to Homeschool

6 Reasons States Shouldn't Balance Budgets with a Carrot to Homeschool By Linda Dobson Well, it looks like the "Homeschoolers Against Tax Credits" page on Facebook was set up just in the knick of time. The page is a place to share information for families that homeschool (or support homeschooling) who know that taking bait from the state is [...]

Standardized Tests Becoming Education’s Biggest Boondoggle. Ever.

Standardized Tests Becoming Education’s Biggest Boondoggle. Ever.

Standardized Tests Becoming Education's Biggest Boondoggle. Ever. By Linda Dobson Parent at the Helm has covered standardized tests many times before. The following list is just off the top of my head. (There are probably many more.) Standardized tests and cheating Standardized tests as a big, booming business capturing many taxpayers' [...]

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