Monthly Archives: October 2012

ED Hirsch and the Boring World He Plans For Us – Month 8 of Learning at Home

Today I read about the philosophy of an American education ‘guru’ called ED Hirsch (not sure why he spells his name like this. Is it E.D. or Ed short for Edward (I hope not!) or something else?) Apparently his philosophy … Continue reading

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A great post from Lana…

Originally posted on Lana Meredith:
I am tired. No. Tired is inadequate; exhausted is overused. Perhaps spent is more appropriate. Those who know us know our lives are rather… erhm, full. Some seasons, full is oppressive; others, it’s beautiful –…

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Originally posted on Letters from Nebby:
Dear Reader, Have you seen any of the many articles coming out lately on algebra and whether our kids really need to learn it? It started with a New York Times op-ed by Andrew Hacker saying…

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Thinking about Maths and Homeschooling – Month 8 of Learning at Home

I have been thinking about Maths quite a bit lately – should my kids be taught Maths in some kind of formal way? If so, how? Edward covered a lot of Maths basics before he left school at age 7 … Continue reading

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Keeping Children Safe by Treating Them With Respect

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/oct/07/april-jones-myths-risks-listen ‘The Guardian’ is a UK newspaper, the online version of which I try to dip into every day and it had another really interesting article about the importance of respecting and valuing children. The ghastly case of, probably, a … Continue reading

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Nobel prize winner was written off by his science teacher!

http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2012/oct/08/nobel-prize-briton-science-teacher ‘The Guardian’ is a UK newspaper, the online version of which I try to dip into every day. This headline, unsurprisingly, really caught my attention, about the UK joint-winner of the Nobel prize for medicine, “Nobel prize won by … Continue reading

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Originally posted on Letters from Nebby:
Dear Reader, Do you have a child who gobbles up books? You know the sort I mean– those who read in their beds till all hours, who have been through everything in the children’s…

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Originally posted on Laura Grace Weldon:
Image CC by 2.0 emilygoodstein My daughter started preschool a month before she turned three. She was too young. The facility was wonderful, the teachers kind, the activities entirely age-appropriate but she resisted the…

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Originally posted on Just The Nine Of Us:
I saw this quote as I was sipping my coffee in front of my laptop, devouring breakfast after the morning rush was over and the school kids were finally out the door…

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