What can you as a parent do to help your children develop their language skills? Workbooks? Flash cards? No, my advice is much simpler. Talk to them. Talk early. Talk often. Talk about all the interesting aspects of your life together. My fans may remember the 30 million word research. Today, I discovered an extensive… Continue reading Talk Early, Talk Often
"My 5 year old son keeps asking to do more math, and I have to keep explaining to him that school is over, and it's summer vacation now!" Sorry, but you're doing home education wrong. Anytime anyone, of any age, expresses an interest in math, I'm happy to oblige. Home education requires very little "formal… Continue reading To Suppress Natural Curiosity – Or Not?
The most common question for home educators, by far, is "What about socialization?" I'm always shocked. Socialization was always the least of my concerns. It's a big world out there. Let kids out in the world, and they'll socialize with everybody. Humans are inherently social; socialization is as natural as walking and talking. Actually, socialization… Continue reading Socialization is Normal
A standard argument for government provision of education is that it would otherwise be under-provided. The theory is that, since one's education also benefits other people, one who purchases education for one's own self would only pay enough for the benefits to oneself. If we take this argument seriously, we must determine how much education… Continue reading Pedants: Converting Good to Bad
Variations of the picture above have been widely distributed in schools. Education works best, we are told, when all the parts work together. The picture shows three gears arranged in a circle. If you recall your studies of mechanics, this arrangement cannot possibly work. Imagine the first gear turning clockwise; it would drive the second… Continue reading Children Are Not Interchangeable Cogs
People are finally starting to talk about the destruction of children's autonomy. Things which were perfectly normal in my youth - such as running to the local store to pick up milk, bread, and other items, knocking on a neighbor's door to find somebody to play an informal game of ball, walking to the park,… Continue reading Free Range: Used to be Normal Childhood
Wow, a lot of outcry about the Free Range Kids movement! I want to thank Lenore Skenazy of Free Range Kids, and others, for raising awareness of this issue. If you're just now hearing, the Meitiv children were kidnapped by men wearing blue suits and badges, and threatened with removal from their home, for the… Continue reading Let Our Children Go!