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 Title   Date   Author   Host

October 11, 2015

Homeschooling appears to be an increasingly popular education option for families in the District of Columbia.

The Washington Post reports that the growth corresponds with an increase in the number of home-school cooperatives and Internet mailing lists offering support and advice for home school families.

by Josh Zeitz

October 6, 2015

came to the CIA as an outsider. An industrialist and an engineer by training, he replaced veteran spymaster Allen Dulles as director of central intelligence in November 1961.

r John F. Kennedy had forced out Dulles following the CIA's bungled operation to oust Fidel Castro by invading Cuba's Bay of Pigs. McCone had one overriding mission: restore order at the besieged CIA. Kennedy hoped his management skills might prevent a future debacle, even if the Californian-mostly a stranger to the clubby, blue-blooded world of the men like Dulles who had always run the spy agency-faced a steep learning curve.

by Lisa Aliferis

October 6, 2015

The U.S. Supreme Court will not hear a challenge to a requirement in NY state that all children be vaccinated before they can attend public school. The justices on Monday let stand lower court rulings that the policy does not violate the constitution.

This decision matters in California, where a new law passed this summer requires virtually all schoolchildren to be vaccinated against a range of diseases in order to attend school. The high court's move means that potential challenges to the California law are "not likely to succeed," Prof. Dorit Reiss, a vaccine law expert at UC Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco, told KQED.

October 4, 2015

The Northbrook Public Library will host a Homeschool Book Swap on Saturday, October 17 from 9-11 a.m. in the Youth Services Activity Room.

The Homeschool Book Swap is the first event of its kind at the Library. Jennifer Townsley, a Youth Services library assistant, wanted to create the event to help homeschoolers renew their materials while keeping costs down.

by Clicking This Button

October 4, 2015

DR BOB SEARS, a paediatrician from Orange County, California, does not like to call his patients "free-riders". True, he specialises in treating vaccine-sceptics, those families who resent being told to immunise their children against nasty diseases.

What Dr Bob does like to say is that, right now, many parents are very upset. This is because state legislators recently passed America's strictest vaccination law. This not only mandates a fixed regime of vaccinations for children who wish to attend public or private school. It also eliminates a parent's right to a Personal Belief Exemption (PBE), a claim that they cannot vaccinate children for religious or philosophical reasons.

by Valerie Richardson

October 4, 2015

Nothing really changed after a New Jersey state social worker banged on Christopher and Nicole Zimmer's front door, and yet everything was different.

Over the next two hours, the social worker quizzed their 15-year-old son, Chris, including questions on whether his parents fought or did drugs. She wanted to see his homeschool curriculum. She wanted to inspect their firearms. She told the Zimmers to sign papers agreeing to turn over their son's medical records.

by Lisa Philip

October 4, 2015

Every space in the first floor of the Walsh family's West Friendship home serves as a classroom - the walls of the mudroom are chalkboards, the windows in the dining room are lined with children's books and the kitchen holds recipes for reading...

"Some families have set up classrooms in their homes, but I wanted to teach my kids that learning can happen anywhere," said Allison Walsh, who began homeschooling her three youngest children at the beginning of September. "This is spontaneous." Annabelle, 7, points at the vocabulary words of the day written in chalk across the from the shoe rack in the mudroom.

by Jacinda

October 4, 2015

For 7 million Canadian children, this is the season of new: new backpacks, new clothes, new notebooks, new pencils, new teachers, new classrooms, new experiences and if you live in Ontario, new sexually graphic curriculum.

Except for that last bit, all the new and exciting things that seem to be taking place for everyone else can make a homeschooling Mom feel a wee bit left out, maybe even a bit guilty or jealous - especially if her morning has gotten off to a rough start.

September 24, 2015

I'm a considerable fan of early childhood education. Megan McArdle says she's tentatively in favor too, but "I am opposed to blind boosterism of such programs, the kind that confidently predicts marvelous results from thin empirical evidence.

I would like to see us experiment more with these programs. But the key word here is "experiment." Which is to say we should: Try more programs....Take the programs that seem to work and scale them up to a larger group....Rinse and repeat [until we figure out what, if anything, works.] That would be the sane, sensible way to go about constructing policy in an important area.

by Emma Christensen

September 22, 2015

I find a bowl of egg drop soup to be one of the most soothing and comforting dishes ever invented. You only need three base ingredients to make it, two in a pinch. And yet breathing in that steamy broth and savoring the first spoonful of silky egg curd...

This soup is properly an appetizer. Despite its simplicity, I guarantee that your guests will be overjoyed to see this coming when you walk out of the kitchen. This recipe will make four small cups of soup, but can be easily scaled up if you have more guests at your table. I generally use 1 to 2 cups of broth and one egg per person.