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This issue we offer you articles by two of the most well-known homeschooling thinkers and writers. First, Cafi Cohen, mother of two grown homeschooled children, provides her observations of their family experiences in the early stages of homeschooling. Our second offering is from one of homeschooling's most popular thinkers, writers and speakers: John Taylor Gatto, former NY City and State Teacher of the Year has composed another gem of social history as it bumps up against institutional schooling in "A Conspiracy Against Ourselves." We think these two wonderful writers will pique your interest and entertain you as well. Thank you for reading our publications.

Michael Leppert

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Professor In a Box --
2 College Level Courses for High Schoolers on DVD

Professor In A Box, has a new interactive software course, Principles of Marketing, that joins their popular Financial Accounting course in allowing high school students to prepare to earn college credit for the two topics of study.

CLEP, the College Level Examination Program, offers exams-for-credit to high school students who wish to “proficiency out” of taking the college class – at a significant savings from the cost-per-credit of the campus classroom tuition. Professor In a Box’s two DVD-based courses prepare students to take the CLEP exam for Financial Accounting or the Principles of Marketing.
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Cafi's Commentary
by Cafi Cohen

Someone recently asked me, "Your first year of homeschooling, what surprised you most?" Before reading on, think about your own response to that question. What do you find most surprising about home education? What - good or bad - has come to pass that you did not anticipate?

First, a little background. My husband and I began homeschooling our sixth-grade daughter, Tamara, and seventh grade son, Jeff, in the late 1980's. We had recently moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico from San Antonio, Texas, courtesy of my husband Terry's affiliation with the United States Air Force.

Both our children had always done well in school, earning A's and B's in honors and gifted tracks. While not the most popular kids in their classes, they both had many friends. In addition, they took music lessons, swam competitively, and sang in a church choir. A full life. If you saw Jeff and Tamara then, you would have said, "They have everything going for them."
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Effective Spelling Strategies

Good spellers use a variety of strategies for spelling. These strategies fall into four main categories—phonetic, rule-based, visual, and morphemic. Teaching all four of these strategies will help your child become a successful speller.

Phonetic Spelling Strategies

The first strategy that should be taught to beginning spellers is to listen for each sound in a word and to represent each sound with a letter or combination of letters. If you teach the phonograms—that the sound of /ă/ is spelled with the letter a and the sound of /n/ is spelled with the letter n, for example—the student will be able to accurately represent the individual sounds he hears in a word. Segmenting words is a great way for students to practice this strategy.
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A Conspiracy Against Ourselves
by John Taylor Gatto

[This is an excerpt from Mr. Gatto's book "The Underground History of American Education". To purchase this excellent book please see his website, http://www.johntaylorgatto.com/.]

A lower middle class which has received secondary or even university education without being given any corresponding outlet for its trained abilities was the backbone of the twentieth century Fascist Party in Italy and the National Socialist Party in Germany. The demoniac driving force which carried Mussolini and Hitler to power was generated out of this proletariat's exasperation at finding its painful efforts at self-improvement were not sufficient. –Arnold Toynbee, A Study of History

Two Social Revolutions Become
One Solve this problem and school will heal itself: children know that schooling is not fair, not honest, not driven by integrity. They know they are devalued in classes and grades, * that the institution is indifferent to them as individuals. The rhetoric of caring contradicts what school procedure and content says, that many children have no tolerable future and most have a sharply proscribed one. The problem is structural. School has been built to serve a society of associations: corporations, institutions, and agencies. Kids know this instinctively. How should they feel about it? How should we?

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Career Choices & Changes - Book & Website

The changing fortunes of our economy have caused a renewed interest in career planning for all of us. Thinking about what you do for a living - or want to do -- is not the exclusive domain of young people in high school or college, but now relates even to middle--aged workers who have suddenly been tossed into the realm of unemployment and no return to their former jobs.

Academic Innovations has published an extremely helpful - even vital - book to aid anyone in thinking about career choices and solving the attendant problems. While anyone can use the book to their advantage, this book is particularly focused on high school and college age students. However the exercises and discussions in the book and website, My10yearPlan.com, are tremendously helpful in self-assessment for anyone. And young people who enter college with a career focus and education plan are much more likely to graduate.
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