How do homeschoolers get into college?

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Homeschooling is a big risk on the part of a parent—it’s going against what society tells us is right to do with our kids – and it can seem even riskier if you think your kid might not be able to go to college. I’m not saying college is necessary – it’s not. But knowing that…
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What do rich parents do that poor parents don’t?

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Yefet went on a trip with Melissa. It was so exciting to watch them leave because they always do amazing things while they’re together. But I couldn’t help thinking, while I was dropping them off at the airport, that my kids are growing up like rich kids. It’s the last thing I expected after moving…
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Good teaching is telling stories

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I am certain that you cannot teach via test and that all people are teachers, not just Teachers. But I am constantly refining this thinking by asking myself, "Why don’t tests work? Why is the practice of teachers and schools inherently limiting?" I think I’ve found the answer in the idea of stories. 1. Math…
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Kids innovate when you leave them alone

Blog Buzz: Kids innovate when you leave them alone via Penelope Trunk Homeschooling I was with my kids at Build-A-Bear, engulfed by toy-marketing genius, when I misplaced my iPhone and left the store without it. My mom called to tell me. I lose my iPhone all the time, and no matter where I lose it, people search the contacts for Mom and call her. Such a wide range… Read more at Penelope Trunk Homeschooling…

I knew I needed to investigate homeschooling when…

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The bus ride to school would be an hour each way, with kids up to five grades older than my sons. Unsupervised by anyone but the driver. So I decided to drive my kids to school. School drop-off and pickup was so chaotic and time consuming that I hired someone to do it. The principal…
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Eleven-year-old tells benefits of video games

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This is a guest post from my son, Yefet. I dictate blog posts in the car, while we drive. And a few days ago, I was talking about how video games help kids succeed at work, and he told me he wanted to dictate a post. I said okay. Here’s what he wrote.  So I…
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3 Reasons why black people don’t homeschool

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This is a guest post from Judy Ledbetter Sarden, a homeschooling mother of two, business advisor, writer and attorney. This is a photo of her children. After leaving my job to homeschool my children, I hit a paradox in black middle-class culture. No one is questioning my decision to homeschool. Rather, almost everyone has acknowledged the horrible state…
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Back-to-school ads are a parade of arguments in favor of homeschooling

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We are most likely to read emails that we receive on Wednesday. Monday we have too many, and we need to catch up. By Wednesday we are caught up and by Thursday we are already trying to get everything finished so we can leave early on Friday. This is why Friday at 4pm is the…
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How to start homeschooling: See things differently

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I took a bunch of photos waiting for the doctor to tell my son that he’s fine. (The kids are always fine until I don’t take them to the doctor and then they are deathly ill and I’m a bad mom. But that’s another post.) Melissa cropped the picture so that I look at it…
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How to stop parenting guilt

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Five years ago, I was in the throes of my last startup, Brazen Careerist. During that time we were always running out of money, and I was always traveling to raise money. At one meeting in the Washington, DC area, there were five guys in a room, and I did my pitch. I told them about the…
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Don’t find out your kid’s IQ

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We go to the pet store a lot, to play with the ferrets. My son is always trying to convince me to get one. We have had them. There was a time in my life when I traveling every week giving $15,000 speeches, and since I was never home so I tried to solve every problem…
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Every kid needs a guide

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I am so excited to read that Albert Wenger, from Union Square Ventures is going to homeschool his kids. His firm invested in Twitter, Tumblr and Kickstarter and they are known for their ability to peg trends with a stroke of genius. So I am thrilled to read that Wenger’s wife, Susan Danzinger, announced that…
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Doing homework with your kid is not good parenting

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Before I complain about Chris Christie, the governor of New Jersey, I want to say that I love him. I love that right before Hurricane Sandy, when the people in Atlantic City wouldn’t evacuate, he screamed on television: “Get the hell off the beach!” That screamed authenticity to me. I was so happy when there…
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