homeschooling

Was Jesus a Secularist?

Did Jesus legitimize the concept of a secular state? Many people, including well-intentioned Christians in today’s polite society, seem to think so. The “proof-text” they point to is Christ’s famous retort in St. Matthew’s Gospel, “render unto to Caesar that which is Caesar’s, but render unto God that which is God’s.” Yet a closer examination, [...]

Alexa, Homeschool the Children

Since mid-March, journalists across the country have been announcing that we have suddenly become a nation of homeschoolers. “The coronavirus has turned caregivers around the world into homeschoolers,” declares CNN. Media outlets from USA Today to the Washington Post have been posting homeschooling tips for disoriented parents and even more disoriented kids: read aloud with [...]

In Praise of Good Teachers

Both Aristotle and Saint Thomas Aquinas speak of the debts of gratitude we owe to others—to God, to our parents, to our city or nation—anyone from whom we receive benefits. We pay our debts by giving to each benefactor what is due to him, according to our abilities. Often, the best we can do is [...]

Putting the ‘Loco’ In Loco Parentis

In loco parentis means “in the place of the parents.” It is an old legal concept that once had a venerable place in Western law. The doctrine of in loco parentis was invoked when people or institutions had to act in the place of parents. Schools, for example, were deemed to share in a parent’s [...]

“Un-deporting” Homeschoolers: Thanks for Nothing?

So, the Obama Administration has decided not to deport the Romeike family after all. You may recall that the Romeikes are the Christian family from Germany that sought to homeschool their children in their homeland. The German government sent the equivalent of a SWAT team to “save” the Romeike children from the horrors of Christian [...]

In Praise of Noisy Villages: Homeschooling and the Common Good

A simple premise: nothing short of the complete family being engaged in learning will secure a proper education. Behind this premise is a simple principle: Education is communal. It is communal because that which deals with the formation and perfection of a child, that which draws him to adulthood, is drawing him to the greater [...]

Community: Why We Homeschool

As a homeschooling parent I’m continually frustrated by the difficulty of talking about why we do what we do. Homeschooling is nearly always portrayed as a flight from something: bad influences, secular curriculum, bullying, drugs, violence, or simply a broken system. It’s made out to be merely an individual decision, defended (necessarily) by recourse to [...]

Leviathan Groaning

On June 25, 2009, a seven year old boy was abducted at gunpoint from his terrified parents. They had just boarded a plane to fly to the country where the boy’s mother had been born, and where her kin still lived. They were leaving their own country for good, because they had grown weary of [...]

The Queens: A Homeschooling Battle

Every fall and spring the two of us play the game -- the Pelosi-haired lady at the school district and me. We are like chess pieces -- queens -- coming at each other across the checkered board. Opposites, yet strangely similar. We are both dressed for the day's business. She wears a neutral-toned, tailored pantsuit [...]

Sweden’s Big Government ‘Utopia’ Unmasked

The Kingdom of Sweden has been revered by supporters of big government around the world for decades, cited by statist college professors and policy makers everywhere. It started with the myth that its "socialist" system could simultaneously provide freedom, prosperity, and generous welfare benefits to all. But now, the illusion is beginning to crumble. The [...]

Should homeschoolers get a tax break?

Should homeschooling families get a federal tax break? The Congress has failed to pass such a measure, and only three states currently allow some tax benefit for home schooling -- Illinois, Louisiana, and Minnesota. The New York Times posed the question to a panel of experts, and the responses are here. Some think homeschoolers should [...]

Heaping up Heavy Burdens

It's a slow day here on the blog, so I thought I'd raise some hackles. Though a cradle Catholic, my adult conversion to the Faith was intimately tied to the writings of C.S Lewis, and thus I take somewhat of an academic approach to it.  Add to this my legal training, and I tend to view [...]

DIYstributism

Commenter H.D.W.  (7th comment down) wisely suggested a "Do It Yourself" approach to Distributism: To make economies more centered on individuals and families, work to make your household a place of value creation. This is both powerful and satisfying. Gardening, homeschooling, raising chickens, caring for elderly parents, shopping at the farmers market, fixing your own [...]

What Love Looks Like

   "How do you do it all?" As a homeschooling, work-at-home mom of many, this is a question I hear fairly often.    Usually, people ask "how I do it all" when I am outside of my home, sitting in the bleachers at a basketball game or standing in line at the pharmacy. The fact [...]

Homeschooling battle takes a new turn

Those in homeschooling circles are probably familiar with the education system in Germany, which requires all children to attend an officially recognized school or face fines and penalties. The story of one German family, the Romeikes, has also gained some notoreity here: After attempting to homeschool their children and being threatened with thousands in fines, [...]

Unemployment and a proper view of the human person

As readers know, I live in Michigan.  And our state is in one helluvan economic slump right now, due to a number of factors.  Pundits continue to talk about what caused this, taking a macro view of our economic situation.  I’d like to take a micro view – what unemployment and underemployment does to the [...]

I Love Homeschooling… I Hate Homeschooling

Through the years, my experience as a writing, blogging, publicly homeschooling mom has made one thing clear to me -- in Catholic parenting circles, homeschooling is a hot topic. Probably second only to the infamous "spank or don't-spank" debates. On a daily basis, inquiring minds fill up my e-mail inbox: What is your homeschool philosophy? [...]

A Just War Theory of Homeschooling

  Given the increasing popularity of homeschooling among faithful Catholics, it is vital that those who practice it -- or are thinking about trying it for their children -- have a fully Catholic understanding of the family and the nature and meaning of education. Without it, their good intentions can go astray, following the exaggerated [...]

Soul-Healing Humor

  Bless Me, Father, for I Have Kids Susie Lloyd, Sophia Institute Press, 192 pages, $14.95 A mother's life is absurd. I have washed down peanut-butter toast crusts and a handful of Teddy Grahams with a pot of coffee and called it breakfast. I have sung show tunes while running the vacuum cleaner at 3:00 [...]

Sounding Out

Here we go again. Another school year has begun. As we are a homeschooling family, I once again find myself diving into a daily routine of phonics worksheets, read-aloud assignments, writing practice, grammar, history, religion, mathematics, and science. I am fortunate in that my husband takes on those last two. But the others? They are [...]

Last Chance for California Homeschooling?

Recent reporting has attempted to quell the fear that homeschooling has been banned in California, but the February 28 decision handed down by the California Court of Appeals has indeed done just that. The Court of Appeals ordered the original court to prohibit a California family from continuing to enroll their children in a homeschooling [...]

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