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Homeschool Mom Receives Visit from the State Over Field Trip

By Annie Holmquist The Great Solar Eclipse of 2017 was met with a variety of responses by schools across the country. Some announced they would close for the day for fear that the children under their care would accidentally look at the sun and encounter eye damage. Others remained open out of fear that children would…

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Big School District Assigns Novel Alternative to Homework Because Homework is Worthless

School District Nixes Homework for Thousands of Students as Expert Says It’s Basically Useless By Annie Holmquist   The anti-homework trend is growing. It started with the teacher from Texas who banned homework from her second grade class, encouraging families to spend time reading, playing, and eating together instead. It spread to a New Jersey elementary…

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The Failed MMR Vaccine Policies on College Campuses

By Michelle Goldstein Most states have enacted laws requiring college students to obtain the MMR vaccine in order to attend their universities. This vaccine allegedly offers protection against the diseases measles, mumps and rubella. The effectiveness of Merck’s MMR vaccine against mumps has been questioned by many scientists. Meanwhile, the past five years have witnessed…

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How Schooling Crushes Creativity

By Kerry McDonald How Schooling Crushes Creativity In 2006, educator and author Ken Robinson gave a TED Talk called, “Do Schools Kill Creativity?” At over 45 million views, it remains the most viewed talk in TED’s history. Robinson’s premise is simple: our current education system strips young people of their natural creativity and curiosity by shaping…

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School Kids Fidget Spin Because They Feel Trapped

By Kerry McDonald The Fidget Toy Craze: What’s Really Driving It You’ve likely seen the headlines lately regarding the latest fad frenzy: fidget toys. These toys, most popularly fidget spinners and fidget cubes, are simple gadgets that have taken over schools and classrooms across the country, to the point that they are now being banned by many of them. Initially…

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School Bans Unvaccinated Kids After Immunized Children Start Chickenpox Outbreak

By Annabelle Bamforth Augora Hills, CA — Close to one-quarter of students at a California elementary school have been directed by school officials to stay home for three weeks due to a small onset of chickenpox cases that began in March. The chickenpox outbreak at Mariposa School of Global Education in Augora Hills, California is unique because…

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Is School Driving Kids Literally Crazy?

By Kerry McDonald May can be a particularly dangerous month for schoolchildren. According to 13 years of recent data collected on mental health emergency room visits at Connecticut Children’s Mental Health Center in Hartford, May typically has the most. Under Pressure Boston College psychology professor, Peter Gray, looked more closely at this data and found that…

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School Lunch in Japan – It’s Not Just About Eating!

By CafCu Media A fascinating look into the life of Japanese schoolchildren and why lunchtime is a fun, enriching (and hygienic?) experience. Get inspired to see how Japanese students operate their lunch period! You can see why “lunch period” is placed as a learning period in Japanese schools. Directed, edited and filmed by Atsuko Satake Quirk,…

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It’s a Great Time to Be a Homeschooler

By Kerry McDonald Homeschoolers are a diverse bunch. Our teaching approaches and learning philosophies vary. Our politics run the gamut and our visions of education reform differ greatly. Yet, despite these contrasts, homeschoolers are remarkably similar. I recently asked a large, eclectic group of homeschooling parents why they chose this education option for their children. Key…

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