Monthly Archives: November 2013

Critiquing Common Core

Excerpt from one of the comments: “Whether you’re a small town conservative, an urban liberal or a moderate suburbanite, you share one thing in common: You and the other parents in your community want to control your local schools. You paid for them, your children attend them and your community has embedded their deepest values […]

Common Core – Arizona (video)

There was a Common Core State Standards symposium held here in Arizona on October 30, 2013, which was videotaped. Here is the link to the video for anyone who is interested in watching.(2+hrs) At just under the 7-minute mark, the first panelist stated that he would like to see someone from the Senate put forth […]

Iowa state board approves new rules for home-school students

DES MOINES | Iowa’s home-schooled children won’t have to take standardized tests, but they are subject to state truancy laws, under rules approved Wednesday by the Iowa State Board of Education. Still, there’s little school officials have power to do if they think home-schooled children are violating truancy laws. “Basically, the law has shifted, so […]

Homeschooling as an educational choice

By D’Ann Rohrer. MCP Correspondent. (Editor’s note: This is the first article in a three-part series about choices parents have in their children’s education. D’Ann Rohrer is a certified teacher and holds a master’s degree in education. She worked several years as a public school teacher and currently has two teenage children enrolled in public […]

Homeschooling provides flexibility, gaining popularity in South Dakota

On this balmy, mid-November day the Nankivels are enjoying nature. It’s a school day, and while they’re learning Bellana and Eland aren’t doing so in a traditional classroom. “The beautiful thing about homeschooling is we can mix it up if we want to,” said dad and teacher Thor Nankivel. Nine-year-old Bellana and six-year-old Eland are […]

Mum advocates home-schooling as numbers grow nationwide

THE NUMBER of home educated children has increased nationwide to 8% according to figures released by Homeschool Australia. With the number of alternative education options steadily increasing, parents are evaluating how closely curriculums coincide with their own learning beliefs. In Queensland, statistics provided by Education Queensland indicate there are 1108 children actively registered as home […]

The U.S. Supreme Court ordered Attorney General Eric Holder for German Homeschooling Family

The U.S. Supreme Court ordered Attorney General Eric Holder on Wednesday to respond to the Home School Legal Defense Association’s petition on behalf of the Romeike family, a German homeschooling family who fled to the United States to avoid persecution just because they homeschooled their children. James Mason, HSLDA’s director of litigation, sees this as […]

Teacher, Mom: Wyoming home schooling mothers live dual roles

Five-year-old Maren Worthen wore a pink sweatshirt and matching sweatpants as she walked to school on a recent Thursday morning. It didn’t take long to get there. Maren’s classroom is her kitchen table. Breakfast was banana bread and butter next to her sister Alexis, 8. Bailey, the family’s 11-year-old golden retriever, lapped Maren’s crumbs from […]

More Eastern Iowa Families Turning their Home into a Classroom

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — More and more Eastern Iowa families are choosing to homeschool their children. A survey last spring found the number one reason families are leaving the Cedar Rapids Community School District is to teach their children at home. The last time the U.S. Census looked at the number of home-schooled students was […]