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The Surprising Success of Finland’s Schools

Finland has had recent surprising successes in measures such as the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development’s PISA survey, which compares the fifteen-year-old students of various countries in reading, math, and science. For the past decade, Finland has ranked at or near the top, along with heavy hitters South Korea and Singapore, while the U.S.

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Take the Test!

Rick Roach took the test and started something. Roach, a four-time official on the Board of Education in Orange County, Florida, one of the largest school systems in America with 180,000 students, took the FCAT (Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test), Florida’s high-stakes standardized test for 10th grade math and reading. And he made the results public.

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“He’s Bullied, But He’s Still Got to Go to School!” … Doesn’t He?

Jonah Mowry posted this video of himself about his fear and despair at the thought of starting 8th grade, because of the severe bullying he has experienced since 1st grade … and he started cutting himself in 2nd grade. At some point – at several points – during the ensuing seven years, he has contemplated

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Can You Teach?

I’d like to answer this question from a public school teacher ranting on homeschooling: “So, first of all, homeschooling parent, you think you can teach English as well as me?” Actually, Mr. Scaccia, I find myself wondering if you can teach English as well as I. However, in the spirit of fraternity and community among teachers,

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Idiots, Then School Boards

“In the first place God made idiots. That was for practice. Then He made school boards.” So says the wisdom of Mark Twain, and just this week, two separate incidents prove he’s not far off base. SHELTON, CONNECTICUT: High school senior and advanced placement student James Tate taped a message on the side of the

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A Heapin’ Helpin’ of Crazy

Five Texas schools will participate in an experimental study to record on video everything that children eat in the cafeteria. Each student is assigned a food tray with a bar code, a picture is snapped of the tray after the food is purchased and then again when the tray is returned to the kitchen, and

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Kindergartner Suspended for “Intent”

A kindergartner in Queen Creek, Arizona, was suspended from school for thinking about bringing a knife to school. Not to hurt anyone; he just happened to see a folding pocketknife on his way to school and picked it up to put in his backpack. After a moment, he thought better of carrying it to school

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Silly Bandz Banned in Classrooms

According to Time Magazine, schools are starting to ban Silly Bandz, rubber wristbands that snap into shapes rather than simple circles when removed from the wrist. “Students fiddle with them during class and arrange swaps … when they should be concentrating on schoolwork.” The students FIDDLE with them? Good heavens. Call out the militia! If

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Fearful Dementoids, Unite!

So, it seems Joy Behar of The View thinks that homeschoolers are demented, and that homeschooled children learn to be afraid of other children. This clip is from the middle of a discussion about whether the Obama girls should be homeschooled or sent to public school. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8gq9yefHhhI] Here is a partial transcript of this section of

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So Much for Socialization …

Every homeschooler has been questioned about the Big “S” … the socialization question. How will our poor homeschooled children ever become properly socialized? A single room with a single adult supervising 20 to 30 same-aged children is assumed to be the proper milieu for learning good social interaction skills. Five-year-old Alex Barton might have a slightly different

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