Monthly Archives: October 2014

Is 35 the New College Number?

I was recently struck by two statistics concerning college, both of which included the number 35.

Statistic #1: 35 thousand dollars is the amount of student loan debt the average college graduate acquires while earning his, or her, diploma.

Statistic #2: 35 percent of college graduates are unable to demonstrate any increased learning since having graduated from high school.

In the days to come, I hope to share some personal thoughts about the value of college.

Don’t worry, it will not all be negative. I believe in college, but not for the same reasons most people do. If you know others who might be interested in reading what I have to share, forward this to them and they can decide if they want to follow along.

The face of education is changing more rapidly than at any time since the American Public School system began in the mid-1800’s. These changes could dramatically benefit your children and grandchildren—but only if you are paying attention.

Take a look at my WEBSITE to see some of the materials I recommend for homeschoolers.

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Consider purchasing my new book, Gifted: Raising Children Intentionally. Click on the title to view it at Amazon.

 

 

Stress Is Not an Option

I just read a study that said 50% of all public schooled students live under constant stress due to their fear of doing poorly in school. The study’s author suggested ways to help students live with the stress that is simply part of being a student. No mention was made of issues causing the stress: long hours in boring classrooms, being forced to learn information that everyone knows (but won’t admit) is not necessary for one’s future, and then being tested on all those irrelevancies. The study actually suggested that “the myth of a happy childhood” what just that: a myth.

If you are a homeschool parent, please give thought to what you are making your child(ren) do. When your child is stressed, consider the causes. There are ways to loosen up. For instance, should you require that your child spend time reading, why not consider changing the setting. Here is a picture of one of my sons during “reading time”.Seth reading on pony fixed resized

Now, get a copy of my new book from Amazon and read more suggestions for your homeschooling family:

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