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In this edition, we have another offering from one of the great "school reformers" of the modern era, John Taylor Gatto. His article is "How To Get An Education in Spite of School" and he speaks and writes from his personal experience as a junior high teacher in New York City for 30 years. Our second article is by Mary and me, "Knowledge Is Not Power", pointing out that information has become confused with knowledge, to our detriment and our children's. Please patronize our advertisers. They strive to create products that serve your needs and to many of them, this is a dream work. Thank you for reading.

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Over the last 21 years,WorldView Software products have been used in social studies classrooms across the country. And with the launch of their new online products, students everywhere can have access to the same award-winning content in a new, streamlined layout. The updated graphics, intuitive user interface, and Resources, provide the tools needed for learning at any level.

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The Guerrilla Curriculum: How to Get An Education In Spite of School
By John Taylor Gatto

An intelligent and sensitive woman named Mary Wallech, when asked by her grown son Martin, my good friend, to consider the possibility that Americaís wars were never fought for the reasons offered by great newspapers and television stations, replied simply, "Itís better not to know." I recall Mrs. Wallech to you, not to explore any implications of her thesis or that of her son, but to underline for all of us how difficult it is to come to terms with the concept "education," how slippery.

Was Mary Wallech content to remain ignorant, simply to be the peasant cut off from the larger world that her immigrant ancestors were, or was she wise beyond her years in understanding that the pursuit of forbidden knowledge often ruins the seeker, that the malice of the great ones who seek to fool ordinary people is unfathomable at bottom, another of the eternal deficiencies of human nature? That attending too closely to unraveling their deceits can unravel, instead, oneís faith in the ultimate goodness of the universe? That the loss of faith is a worse harm than being gulled?

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You no doubt already have the basic subjects covered in your curriculum: Reading, writing, math, history, arts, science, geography, social studies ... all of these things have an endless variety of resources available to you! None of them are likely to be that intimidating to teach either; after all, those topics were part of your own fundamental education! But how are you going to handle Computer Science? Today this critical subject is more important than ever, yet many teachers and homeschool parents are not sure how to get started!

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Information Is Not Knowledge
By Mary & Michael Leppert

Most of us would agree, "Knowledge is power." However, over the past 40 years the words "knowledge" and "education" (meaning "school") have been confusedly melded. This is how we have arrived at the deplorable condition of having illiterate high school graduates (all well "schooled") and major universities offering remedial math and English courses to incoming freshman!

Recently yet another confusion of terms has arisen that is significant - especially to parents who teach their own children and are typically very aware of world events -- the confusion between "information" and "knowledge." Being informed of something does not mean you significantly know about it. With the explosion of "talk radio" and the Internet, information has become a constant stream of apparently significant stuff, but upon close analysis, you realize this "white noise" it is mostly not useful . . . and may even be harmful.

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  • Understand how to apply geography to interpret the past, present and plan for the future.
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