Saturday, April 29, 2006

Selections from The Homeschooling Revolution

Back a couple years ago, before I even knew what a blog was, I came across and started reading Isabel Lyman's blog, The Homeschooling Revolution. She has also written a good book called The Homeschooling Revolution. You can read my review of her book at Amazon. My decision to try doing some interviews with people involved with homeschooling was influenced by some interviews Isabel did awhile back. I really enjoy her blog. Here are some recent posts I found interesting.

Having just spent almost a week in Washington DC and a couple days in Colonial Williamsburg, the history of The United States is fresh in my mind. So I thought this quote by Benjamin Franklin was very insightful: "Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote."

Recently I've been wondering if I really wanted my daughters to go off to college. Don't be confused, it is very important to me that they are educated, but just like so many scary elementary and high schools in the public school system, I've reading more and more about scary colleges and universities. Isabel found an article in Forbes with five reasons not to go to college. One of the main points is that really all a university degree does is to help employers feel comfortable in hiring someone. And that with the rising high cost of education, a young adult might be better off investing the $150,000 for tuition and jumping right into the job workforce after high school. The article has some interesting food for thought.

Isabel found a new homeschooling blog, The Homeschool Cafe, which looks very promising. A group of Mississippi moms are blogging about homeschooling, education, and other issues. Isabel also found a blog on Education and Homeschool News. It has a surprising amount of information for such a short period of time.

Technorati tags: homeschooling, homeschool, home school, home education, , , , ,

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

A college degree is a credential. Depending on what kind of employment you seek, having a degree from a good college can be quite useful. But that doesn't mean you have to attend college. There are many institutions which offer excellent correspondence courses, leading to an accredited degree.

One can get a job while taking correspondence courses, and use the degree to leverage a path to promotion or a better paying job.

Pursuing a credential has little if anything to do with getting an education, but since people tend to judge books by their covers and prospective employees by their resumes, I'd recommend getting the credential, barring some really good reason not to.