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As we sail into deep summer, our attention can turn from the purely academic to the more philosophical and mindful aspects of teaching our own children. In that vein, we present two articles by experienced parents/educators. First, by John Taylor Gatto, a now retired 30-year-veteran of teaching junior high school in Manhattan, who developed “The Guerrilla Curriculum” in the classroom, shares “On the Corporatizing of Children.” Equally valuable is “Decompression” by homeschool mom of two grown children, Cafi Cohen, wherein she discusses how to help your child transition into homeschooling from having been in institutional school for years. We hope these articles provide value and even some humor for you as you contemplate your child’s future – and yours! As always, thank you for reading.

Michael Leppert

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The Reading Game – Learn-to-Read Game for Ages 4 and Up
By Janet Esposito

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The Reading Game is an amazing tool for all homeschoolers learning to read. Whether you have a pre-schooler, who is ready to move on from pictures, or if you’re teaching the basics to your kindgartener, or even if you are looking for resources for your struggling reader – The Reading Game is for you.. After completing all the levels of The Reading Game, your student will be able to read 180 new sight words. And it meets criteria for four skill sets in the Common Core Standards for Language and Literacy Arts. Although it may sound too good to be true, this program has been field-tested in a variety of settings (both in public school and homeschool settings) with amazing results.

There are six color-coded levels to progress through in The Reading Game: Skunk (red), Snake (orange), Bear (yellow), Penguins (green), Unicorn (blue), and Zebra (purple). Each character has cards to play the “matching game,” 3 large flashcards, and a book. All the materials are extremely well-made, user-friendly, and contained within a small box. The stories are fanciful and fun – perfect for sparking your young reader’s imagination.


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The Guerrilla Curriculum
by John Taylor Gatto

On the Corporatizing of Children

Falconers have no difficulty understanding that to carry a falcon on one's arm in opposition to its nature, you have to put a bag over its head; horsemen know that a fast horse can be made to run more slowly by adding lead weights to its body; why is it so difficult to acknowledge then that some people might want to transfer these principles of mechanical intervention known to animal trainers, to the scientific management of human children? That is to say, to impede their natures in interest of something more important to a manager.

To grasp the full extent of the experiment going on behind visible phenomenon of mass government schooling, it isn't necessary to invent inhuman agencies, only to see the situation of child training from the perspective of professional social managers. If society is looked upon as an anthill or a beehive, and a management draws on the logic of the corporation, school as we know it must follow.

Twenty-three intricately cantilevered global corporations control most of the flow of news, information, schooled texts, and entertainment, world-wide, so you don't often get to hear the problem of modern schooling framed like this -- that it is, and must be, a problem brought about by corporate schooling. I'll try to show you what I mean in the next few minutes. The need to manage from afar runs counter to the needs of education.


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Decompression from School FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions
by Cafi Cohen

"He just won’t do anything!" say the parents of new teenage homeschoolers. Novice homeschooling parents always begin with such high hopes. They envision their children industriously attacking thoughtfully-selected curriculum, running a business, publishing a book, graduating early, and winning big scholarship money – or at least catching up in math!

Some of those things may happen, but – in the first days and weeks and months of homeschooling – reality bites. Most new homeschooling families with teens deal with an adjustment period I call decompression.

What is Decompression?

During decompression, children and parents detoxify from the deleterious effects of full-time institutional education. To understand the transition period, consider the days of students in school. Most teenagers – with anywhere from 6 to 10 or more years of school behind them – have been conditioned to:

Do what they are told all the time; Work within a schedule of bells and whistles; Ignore their interests and talents; Attend to meaningless subjects; Work for grades; Work in groups, and so on. In short, school has taught them that life and something called "education" – which may or may not involve learning – happens with or without their participation.

School also has absorbed the best hours of the day, when all of us (teenagers included) are most likely to create, think for ourselves, enjoy life, and learn. At best – with students who earn good grades and please teachers – we are left with good memorizers, good regurgitators, good game players. At worst, we have the shell-shocked walking wounded – apathetic, sometimes hostile teenagers who wake up each morning and just want to go back to sleep.

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MATH DRAWINGS - Good Stuff For Teachers
By Emerson Sandow

Math Drawings by Mary Smale is an exciting multi-disciplinary method of incorporating art with math allowing students to create entire pictures using only basic geometric shapes. For over 30 years, Mary Smale taught algebra and other math disciplines in high school and middle school. During this time, she developed her unique math-based art lesson, originally used as a reward system for her 8th grade students.

Mary soon found that she was able to disguise new and old math vocabulary as instructions for drawing and, for the first time in her teaching career, she had 100% participation in her math lessons. Her students were able to combine their love for drawing with basic geometric principles to create "works of art". Mary later taught math and art on television for 2½ on the Los Angeles based KLCS-TV program "Homework Hotline Teacher" and was ultimately convinced to write Math Drawings so her principles could be used by teachers in their art, history and special education classes.

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