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Dear Readers: This week’s edition offers a one-two punch at public schooling. The next time you are confronted with skepticism about homeschooling, I suggest you pass these two articles along to the doubter and quietly wait. The first article is Part 1 of 3 of an introduction by Cathy Duffy of “The Empty Child” by John Taylor Gatto. You may want to save all 3 parts for future reading and reference. They are very informative. The second article is by Mary Leppert, “Nurturing Innocence & Naiveté” and provides a similar point of view as Mr. Gatto’s – that institutional school is not very healthy for children and other living things. As always, thank you for reading our work and please tell your friends.

Michael Leppert

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John Taylor Gatto’s The Empty Child Part 1
By Cathy Duffy

"I don’t mean to be inflammatory, but it’s as if government schooling has made people dumber, not brighter, made families weaker, not stronger...has ruined formal religion with its hard-sell exclusion of God, has set the class structure in stone by dividing children into classes and setting them against one another, and has been midwife to an alarming concentration of wealth and power in the hands of a fraction of the national community."

Maybe John Taylor Gatto doesn’t intend to be inflammatory, but if you care at all about children and education, you’ll be livid as you read through this book. Gatto takes us on a journey, tracing his own experiences and the development of his thinking about government schooling, including his realization of the tremendous harm done to children by government schools. The above-mentioned "damages" are only a few of those exposed by Gatto.

Through a series of related essays, Gatto puts together the "whole story of schooling"—the hidden agendas, the true believers who crusaded for their educational theories, the increasingly heavy hand of government, the dumbing down of curricula, elitism, racism, and other key factors that contribute to the evil monstrosity that many people view as "crucial to the survival of democracy in America."

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High school mathematics can be an incredibly intimidating subject for parents teaching their own children.Traditional math textbooks are not meant for independent study and most students struggle unless they have guidance. But unless you have the training and experience, it can be difficult to fill in that role of "math teacher". And many of the most popular courses for homeschoolers lack depth and complexity. A lot of students get bored quickly and they lack the preparation they need for success in college.

David Chandler has created Math Without Borders - a series of Home Study Companion video lessons to accompany the most rigorous and thorough math textbooks available, while maintaining a student-friendly approach. He is an experienced teacher of mathematics, but has also taught physics, astronomy, and computer programming. And after working with homeschool families at a charter school, Mr. Chandler wanted to develop the materials and resources families need to teach high school math at home.

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Nurturing Innocence & Naiveté
By Mary Leppert

I believe the confining institution that we call "school" strangles the true gifts and great things that life can offer us. There is an innocence and naiveté that I contend we are born with. We begin life with the pure gifts of enthusiasm, initiative, joy, curiosity, excitement and happiness. To prove this to yourself, watch a crawling, excited little baby in a safe environment. He will try to go anywhere and everywhere that is available.

It is important to keep these positive qualities alive and well in our children for as long as possible. We need to nurture that "toddler" sense of adventure and protect it from being squelched or suppressed. I feel it is important that we retain our innocence and naiveté through the journey of Life or we risk diminishing and ultimately losing the later versions of our precious "birth" gifts: Initiative, willingness to take chances, thirst to explore and basic happiness. If we "educate" out of our young people these birth gifts, they will not be able to shape new journeys, new industries or new fields of endeavor.

Complete homeschooling and home living -- without school participation or indulgence in the current cultural fads -- allows our children to retain their innocence and naiveté longer; it allows them to remain closer to their true selves and develop more fully along those lines before the influence of the external world pushes in. In the period before the 1850s -prior to the full encroachment of institutional schooling into the private world of the individual family -- this is how children grew up into adulthood. Their main influence was the family and the immediate community around them. The values that a child stood upon throughout his life, what he chose to do for a living upon reaching adulthood, and whom he wished to associate with, were all shaped by the force of his family. It is more appropriate for one's family to perform this shaping function than for an indiscriminate institution to do so.

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The quote above is from a testimonial comment from an English teacher about the simple but ingenious vocabulary builder – Vocabulary Cartoons.

Vocabulary Cartoons is a series of books with cartoons on each page and here is how it works: There is a cartoon of a baseball player wearing an enormous baseball cap, for the word “Capacious”. The definition is: “Roomy, able to hold much” and the caption reads: “A SPACIOUS CAP is CAPACIOUS”

Another example: There is a cartoon of a pirate captain standing on a dock with a sign “Free Cruise”. In the background is his square rigger and the word is “Accrue” The definition is: “To accumulate over time” and the caption reads “Pirates know how to accrue a crew.”

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