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Topics are meant to challenge you to think differently, to make a difference in this world, starting with the children you have been blessed with.

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Why Home Education? – Part 3: Back to the Basics (Part 19)

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We have discussed how home education provides the best opportunity to have a loving home in which to develop and grow as a family, and where the end result is usually a strong family unit of people who truly love and cherish each other.  Although this is not always the case, there is a much better chance of siblings growing up to be each other’s best friends when they spend every day, all day together as a family.

God in His wisdom does not allow us to completely see the future.  He has chosen to allow us to create our future through the influence and consequences of our decisions.  Therefore, success is usually measured as “the goodness and the mercy of God following us”.  We get to see the future when we get there.  The overall consequences of home education are no different.  We see the results after they have manifested.

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Why Home Education? – Part 2: Back to the Basics (Part 18)

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Sometimes, something is so obvious it is hard to see and even more difficult to describe.  That is what I have come to believe regarding home education.  I cannot claim home education should be practiced by everybody, but I can definitely claim it is the best educational choice, when possible.

Most anyone can home educate.  There are no better teachers than those who brought a child into the world.  And, there is no one with a greater vested interest in the child’s success than loving parents.  While many may say they are not qualified to be a teacher, parenting trumps teaching any day.  However, while acknowledging that not every parent is “qualified” to home educate, lacking confidence is a not good reason not to.

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Why Home Education? – Part 1: Back to the Basics (Part 17)

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We were no different than most people in our early days of home educating.  We knew the school was failing our children so we decided to bring it home.  Unfortunately, we did not solve anything by bringing school ideology and practices into our home.  We erroneously thought we could fix the problem simply by doing a better job of schooling our children ourselves.  Why did we believe school had the correct model for educating children in the first place?  Why did we think we were competing with the school?

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Christmas Break (Part 2)

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Léo’s Insights is taking a two-week Christmas break. It will return on January 9, 2024.

Christmas Break (Part 1)

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Léo’s Insights is taking a two-week Christmas break. It will return on January 9, 2024.

Common Sense: Back to the Basics (Part 16)

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It is often said that common sense is not that common.  This may be true, but it depends on who is involved.  Most people have been educated in some kind of school.  School was initially invented to help children think differently from their parents.  Perhaps there are a few schools that serve the community on behalf of the parents, but what if parents are themselves deluded by the things they learned in school?  Talk about a self-perpetuating institution of error!

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I Want My Child to Attend University: Back to the Basics (Part 15)

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We all want to see our children succeed.  Yet, when I ask parents what they mean by success, almost always the answer is, “We want them to be happy, content with their lot in life, the job they have and the person they marry.”  Maybe not in that order, but close enough.

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I Need to Send My Children to High School: Back to the Basics (Part 14)

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This time I want to start with the conclusion:  No, you do not need to send your children to high school to get accreditation so they can go to college.  First of all, you have no idea if college is required in your child’s life.  Secondly, children going to college are young adults and need to make that decision themselves.  Forcing kids to go to college may increase your bragging rights, but it may not be what your child wants or needs.  Thirdly, there is more than one way to get to college, even if the world is screaming otherwise.

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I Can’t Teach High School Level: Back to the Basics (Part 13)

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This may be true.  Perhaps you never completed high school yourself or maybe you did not excel at that level.  No big deal.  Two things must be considered when addressing this concern, but first, let’s be abundantly clear that bringing “high school” home is not a solution but rather more a matter of normalizing school ideology.  The only real thing schooled high school grads can claim is that they were incarcerated for at least twelve years.  A potential employer looking for faithful workers should  ask for a high school diploma as proof that a potential employee can stick with something they don’t enjoy for a long time!

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My Daughter (Son) Wants to Be a… Back to the Basics (Part 12)

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Aside from specializing in confusion, schools do a great disservice to students when they program them in computer fashion.  One way this is demonstrated is by telling students they can be anything they want to be.  Although this may sound reasonable at first blush, it is a big fat lie.

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