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 Title   Date   Author   Host 

Appeal Democrat

by Ryan McCarthy

March 7, 2008

A state court ruling that parents do not have a constitutional right to home-school their children won't affect such instruction in the Yuba-Sutter area, parents and educators here say.

"We haven't heard anything that would say we need to change what we're currently doing," Gay Todd, superintendent of the Marysville Joint Unified School District, said Thursday.

by Rose Godfrey

August 1, 2012

Walking through a couple of big box stores this past week, I couldn't help but notice the displays of back-to-school gear. Lists for what to buy for each school were conveniently displayed next to the racks of products.

You don't have to go there, either. There is an alternative. Imagine the possibilities of homeschooling. This year, ask yourself this question: "What if we homeschooled?" What if you walked past the lists this year? You could look around for what was interesting and find what appealed to your child. Your children could purchase what they needed for their own use and not worry about recommendations and sharing with the class.

by Dr. Joyce Brothers

June 7, 2011

Home schooling, in its modern form as an alternative to public or private schooling, has been around since the 1960s.

While the question of whether home schooling is an effective method of education has largely been settled (it is), its ability to teach our kids how to interact socially and participate in the larger world may still be up for debate. This quiz will test your knowledge of the pros and cons of home schooling when it comes to kids' psychological and social development.

January 7, 2012

OWOSSO - DeVries Nature Conservancy holds many kids programs throughout the year.

DNC's educator provides experiences with nature for children of all ages. Schools can schedule fieldtrips to DeVries for one class, or an entire grade level.

Arizona Central

by Brooke Romney

September 3, 2008

Most parents just sent their kids back to school ... except for those who decided to homeschool.

This decision can be difficult for family, friends and neighbors to understand. The choice is usually met with quizzical looks and concerned monologues about the value of education and socialization. The funny thing is, parents usually choose homeschooling because of the value they place on education and their child's development.

Arizona Republic

by Ray Parker

May 3, 2006

A team of 16 homeschool students from the Southeast Valley, entering the Arizona Scholastic State Chess Championship for the first time, took first place, the first state title by a homeschool team.

Called the Chevalier Noir (Black Knight) Academy, the players were among about 750 players who competed for the state championship in Gilbert. The competitors, as young as kindergartners, played on 375 chessboards inside the Gilbert High gymnasium last weekend.

Arkansas Times

by Max Brantley

March 26, 2009

Sen. Gilbert Baker would never require a child to attend a public school. But he does propose to require public school districts to allow home schoolers to play sports and participate in extracurricular activities.

He also doesn't want to let public school districts join organizations that might set rules against participation by private school or home schooled students. I expect public school administrators will have objections, as they have across the country.

by John Timmer

October 4, 2013

Many aspects of modern technology make people a bit uneasy, but genetically modified foods may be in a class by themselves. Labs all around the world make genetic modifications of organisms-bacteria, plants, and animals-365 days a year.

And some of the results of that work have been ingested by humans for years, often in the form of life-saving drugs. But genetically modified crops remain controversial around the globe, and while they're commonly used in the US, they have almost no presence in the European market. The worries about GMO foods largely focus on their safety, but much of the debate ignores the extensive studies that have been done to understand both the potential risks and what we've learned about them. In response to this perceived gap in understanding, a group of Italian scientists have now performed a comprehensive review of the scientific literature on GMO crops (we were made aware of the review by Real Clear Science). The results suggest that GMO crops are safe for us, but there are some remaining concerns about their environmental impact that need to be nailed down. In the meantime, the authors suggest that GMOs represent a serious challenge for science communication with the public.

by Joanna Small

October 17, 2012

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- In the last decade, home schooling has grown by 75 percent nationwide. Here in the Ozarks, it's growing just as quickly.

It's estimated that two million children, or 4 percent of the youth population, are now homeschooled. To put that in perspective, just 13,000 kids were homeschooled back in the 1970s. Ozarks parents who go that route cite a distrust in the public school system and a growing network of support.

Asheville Citizen-Times

by Nicole McKeon

October 5, 2010

Lately, I've found myself longing to be Laura Ingalls. I know, I'm too old to be Laura. OK, I'll be Caroline. Sometimes life just feels so complicated. So much technology, I feel like it runs me, instead of me running it.

I think I know what started it. It was the stupid virus on my computer. Not just a virus. A Trojan something or other. By the time I got it fixed, it cost us close to $300. And the computer guy made sure I knew that it could come back anytime. So, what does this all have to do with home-schooling?