This one pulls at me. One of my jobs is editor of our local historical quarterly and I read many glimpses from the past. It’s fascinating and enlightening to discover what worked and what didn’t work over time’s passage in our small farm community.
From Wisconsin’s Watertown Daily Times
Glimpses from the Past:
Oct. 23, 1863
Home Education — Whatever defects there may be in home education, and it is a subject which for a long time has engaged the attention of profound thinkers and the benevolent, it is certain that the exceptions are rare where the moral training of the mother is not according to her best capacity for the advantage of her offspring.
The mother’s influence is often counteracted by the father. Home education, where the parents are united in sentiment, leaves its impressions upon the mind and heart which can never be effaced.
The principal cause of so many departures from the path of right is evil associations. The effect of these impressions are more lasting, in most cases, than the influence and example of parents. Home education is the best for the youthful mind.
The most determined man in every situation in life will be influenced by the early teachings of his mother.
Louisville’s WPFL is reporting on Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday’s plan of action.
Where Homeschooling is Happening in Kentucky, and Why Education Leaders are Paying Attention By Devin Katayama
Kentucky doesn’t monitor homeschooling very well, Education Commissioner Terry Holliday says.
But as the state prepares to implement a new dropout age of 18 in a few years, Holliday says it’s an issue the education department wants to keep an eye on.
Homeschooling does not make one truant or a dropout. Continue reading
After the terrible scare in Decatur, parents know there are brave and wonderful employees in the schools like bookkeeper Antoinette Tuff. But the helplessness can be overwhelming. One parent expressed her frustration:
Parents were told to pick up their children at a Wal-Mart near Gresham Road and Interstate 20. Hundreds of anxious parents swarmed the parking lot of retrieve their children, which they couldn’t do until they presented photo ID.
A mother named Kimberly said she now fears sending her daughter to school. “It makes me want to home school my daughter,” Kimberly said. “I understand that my child is safe right now. But the fact that somebody can come into the school and have a weapon and me not be able to get to her, and hold her, and comfort her, because I don’t know what’s going on with her,” Kimberly said. “So, it kind of makes me just keep my daughter at home and home school her.”
Read more at the Atlanta Black Star.
Cross-posted at Home Education Magazine News & Commentary