A Post From the World’s Worst Juggler (via NoOneOfAnyImport)

To keep other people from indoctrinating them,  is homeschooling her children. Nonetheless, even with that kind of effort, she cannot escape the bureaucrats entirely.

Well hello there, dropped juggling ball.  Perhaps I’ll pick you back up tonight.  Wait a minute.  What’s this?  The hyperlink button is malfunctioning?  I can’t embed any links? Really, WordPress? Really? Sigh.  Then a linkless post it is, for post I must.  Tonight is the first time in days that I’m left with enough steam to even attempt stringing thoughts into coherent sentences.  No regrets and no complaints on the homeschooling, just the plain … Read More

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FYI: Here is a link to the Calvert curriculum.

6 thoughts on “A Post From the World’s Worst Juggler (via NoOneOfAnyImport)

  1. Thank you Tom for posting this. This kind of Info dose not go out . there is no mention of it any where, and it needs to!

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  2. Hey there bud. Thanks for the link and highlight. I didn’t choose Calvert; because I am signed up to the public school district’s homeschool program, they choose the curriculum for me. As a result, it was only $35 per student, so hey. The price is right.

    I’m real happy with the Kansas program. The guy running this district applied for the position because he really believes in homeschooling. (His wife homeschooled their boys). Every Friday we meet at a local school, where the kids have PE activities, a lesson, and playtime. We have a field trip to some local farm next week.

    It’s all about supporting and servicing homeschoolers, rather than restricting or policing them. Virginia’s homeschool stance is pretty restricting. I remember strict paperwork and periodic review, and no services provided. (Unless that has changed since I researched back in 2009, btw.) The daunting process and lack of support discouraged me from trying homeschool when we moved from UK to VA. We tried Catholic private school instead.

    You have a great Labor Day weekend, Mr. Tommy.
    Lin

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  3. nooneofanyimport — I have huge respect for parents who do the work of homeschooling their children. In spite of the cost, we went the private school route too.

    I don’t trust government, and I don’t trust government “free” or “minimal” fee. So based upon what you have written, I admit my perceptions are prejudiced. That said, here is what I hear.

    • The price is right.
    • The Calvert Curriculum is good.
    • Even though you are teaching your child, some bureaucrat (albeit with the usual good intentions) has chosen your curriculum, and that grates!

    When our forebears gave up the instruction of their children to the government, they were slowly enticed, not forced. In fact, only a few people realized where these enticements might lead.

    Given the enormous effort you are putting into it, I hope have you shopped for curriculum. If you still like the Calvert Curriculum best, then you can be secure in that knowledge. If not, then please consider paying for a different curriculum next year.

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    1. Hey there. Well the thing is. The school district tracks my boys’ progress with this substantive “checkpoints” system that is Calvert-based. So . . . it will be even more work for me to go completely off the Calvert reservation, so to speak, but then try to prove my kids are learning, since the checkpoint questions are usually very narrow and lesson-specific.

      For this year, I am okay with deciding which portions of the Calvert to use, and which to ditch. I ignore the social studies stuff, with the exception of those required online “checkpoints.” I have history from Susan Wise Bauer to supplement. I have started teaching science as a single unit to both boys, from the 4th grade book, rather than wasting time with the useless 1st grade book. Etc. (After this year, I’ll be aces at assessing curriculums, ha.)

      I don’t even know which hemisphere we’ll be in, next fall. If we happen to live in another district with a public school “homeschool” program like this, I may not join it because the downside–less flexibility. Still, the upside is tremendous for a first-timer like me: a built in support system with weekly group, and even tutoring help.

      I don’t feel upset about the curriculum issues, because I’m so grateful to be in a place where the very idea of homeschooling is encouraged, not discouraged.

      have a great Labor Day
      Lin

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