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Is Home-schooling an option for San Francisco Bay Area Children

By Keith Watkins

Due to the questionable state of our nations public school systems and the current strains placed upon our countries current economy a growing number of families are deciding to educate their children at home. The decision to home-school is a home-schoolerspersonal one and usually a difficult one. Ultimately making the decision to take control of your children’s education can, at first, appear to be overwhelming to a parent but more and more families are making the decision to home-school everyday. Homeschool students have been growing by an estimated 8 percent annually in the U.S. and as of 2007 totaled about 1.5 million.

In many places home-schooling is a legal option for parents who wish to provide their children with an alternative learning environment other than the ones that exists in nearby schools. While academic and religious reasons dominate the motivations for most home-schoolers, parents cite numerous other reasons ranging from a dissatisfaction with the public schools in their area to the desire for better academic test results and in a lot of instances parents cite the price of private school educations as being the determining factor for an ever increasing amount of families. Students who are gifted or have special needs benefit from a home school opportunity because they can learn at their own pace, whether they need to spend more time on a lesson or delve deeper into the content as a way of satisfying their intellectual curiosity. To that end, home schooling offers parents the opportunity to ensure mastery of a concept before moving onto the next, while public schools merely require a demonstration of understanding before moving onto the next concept, largely due to time constraints. 

Other students that benefit from a home school setting are those who live in rural areas and riding a bus for an hour each direction is more a waste of time than anything else. 

Home-schooling can literally be life changing. It creates personal growth for both the parent and the child. Nothing you will ever do in life will have a more profound effect on your child and your family’s future as home-schooling.

Although every families home-school is unique, certain home-schooling “styles” have become universally very popular. Most home-schoolers do not follow one style or method. Instead, they select the ideas and suggestions that fit their family and eventually end up with a method all their own.

Below are some of the most often used popular home-schooling styles found.

School-at-Home Method

Unit Studies Method

“Relaxed” or “Eclectic” Home-schooling Method

Unschooling Method

Classical Home-schooling Method

The Charlotte Mason Method

The Waldorf Method

The Montessori Method

Multiple Intelligences Method

DVD/Video Schooling Method

Internet Home-schooling Method

Did you know that the Scripps National Spelling Bee Winner for 2007 was a local Danville, Ca.San Francisco Bay Area home schooler. Evan O’Dorney, the home-schooled eighth-grader, easily aced “serrefine” — a noun describing small forceps — to become the last youngster standing at the 80th annual 2007 spelling bee. Plus, every year home-schoolers are admitted to hundreds of colleges in at least five different  countries. Those who prepare thoroughly can actually be admitted to some of the colleges of their choices with full scholarships.

Most parents are unaware of the fact that parents don’t need to be California licensed to educate their own children at home.  Home educators may establish, in California, a private school based in their home by filing a Private School Affidavit with the California Department of Education (CDE).

The affidavit does not license, evaluate, recognize, approve of, or endorse a private school. The State of California accredits neither public nor private schools. The affidavit itself is a statistical tool, and necessary to effect the pupil’s exemption from compulsory public school enrollment and attendance. By filing an affidavit you are showing intent to establish a private school, and informing the state, as required by law. Parents have been legally using this provision for many years to conduct their own home-based private schools.

Parent support groups and networks are a terrific way to get started by collectively facing challenging situations, the beneficial offerings of encouragement from other parents, the sharing of ideas, socialization and generally a way to reduce the overall stress of getting started.

If your student is into to sports, he or she may be able to participate at certain schools without actually attending. I have a personal friend that attends a charter school in Oakland, CA. His son is the leading scorer on the varsity basketball team at the public school in his local district. His dad often jokes stating that, “he shows up at games and no one in the home stands has any idea who he is”.

The California Virtual Academies  web site has plenty of free quality information and is a very good place to start your search. They are actually funded by the state of California and use the K¹² curriculum to offer California students in grades K-12 an exceptional online learning experience. With individualized learning approaches, the California Virtual Academies provide the tools kids need to succeed—in school and beyond into their college years.  Here is a news video report describing California Virtual Academies.

Below is an overview of the California Virtual Academies program:

  • Our experienced, California-credentialed teachers, who are available online, by phone, and during face-to-face meetings.
  • The individualized, engaging K¹² curriculum, which covers both the core subject areas and electives. Based on decades of education research, this curriculum packages high-quality lessons with mastery-based assessments that ensure students achieve success at each and every level. Find out more about K¹².
  • The online planning and assessment tools, resources, and hands-on materials ranging from textbooks to microscopes, rocks and dirt to beautifully illustrated classic children’s stories, and much more. 
  • Our active, supportive school community, which organizes fun and informative monthly activities where CAVA parents, students, and staff share their successes, helpful hints, and more. 
  • The high-quality, tuition-free public education that enables a learning experience that is individualized for each child.
  • We’re fully accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Schools (ACS) of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) for all academies, grades K-12.

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For more information on a distance based home school program please visit Laurel Springs School. Laurel Springs School is an accredited, college prep private school offering distance learning programs and teacher services for students in grades K-12. Laurel Springs uses web-based communication tools, a standards-based curriculum, and personalized instruction to offer students the highest quality home education experience based on your child’s learning style.

In conclusion, there are many many available options if home-schooling is of interest to your family. There are also many support groups, school affiliations and internet based organizations to assist in getting you started and also to guide families through the maze of of their newly discovered educational freedom. But first do the necessary research by Googling “Home School Organizations” in your City and State to gather as much information as possible.

Local San Francisco Bay Area home schooling parents should plan a visit to the upcoming 23rd Annual Christian Home Educators Bay Area Convention April 24-25, 2009. This event will be held at the Santa Clara Convention Center. Stop by the Bay Area College Planning Specialists booth for additional information concerning financial aid and scholarships for home-schooled students.

So, whether or not you are a parent who home schools your child, the next time you hear someone make a negative remark about parents educating their children at home, keep some of these points in mind. Consider all the benefits that a home school program offers parents, and their children. You might be pleasantly surprised at the many available options that exist for  families and that of their students future in education.

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Choices: “College” Or “Entrepreneurship”?

By Antonio Newell

One of the most thought about choices, one of the least made decisions, the-college-prosbased on desire. I’m sure we’ve all heard the saying that “You have to get a college degree or you’ll be working at McDonald’s.” Or the infamous, “If you don’t want to be a Wal-Mart Door Greeter, you better go to college.”

There are more options in life than “college.” Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that college is the wrong way to go. What I’m saying is that you should not have your perception skewed by those allegations. “School” isn’t for everyone. It’s really not. I’m a strong believer in Knowledge and Learning. However, school may not be the place where it happens. “School” doesn’t teach you how to get ahead in this world. “School” doesn’t instruct you on how to become a millionaire. Let me retract that statement. “US School”s don’t teach you how to become a millionaire. I’ve attended different schools (mostly to see what they could teach me). And you know what? They all teach the same thing, the SAME thing. What’s the “thing,” you ask? You have to work FOR somebody.

America is known in other nations as the “Land of the Free” the “Land of Opportunity.” Other nations know that you can be any and whoever you want to be in America. But do “we” know it? Do WE know we can own our own business? Do we know we can be our own boss? We don’t have to work for a living but work for a giving?. .that we can be “Lenders” and not “Borrowers”? Most of us “U.S. Citizens” (Nationally Born) don’t realize it. Probably because we’ve heard it all our lives; now it just goes in one ear and out the other.

In schools in other nations, they’re taught to own their own businesses. That they can be their own bosses in America. But in OUR educational system, that’s not the case. We are taught to get out. .get a JOB. .and work for a living. “Going back to school” is being pressed more in the media today, than ever before. Why? Is it because people are sick of their jobs and want to do better? Is it because schools want to help you become a better person? I’m willing to bet everything I have that those aren’t the cases. “Education” is a multi-billion dollar industry. The schools know that people are sick and tired of their jobs, so they’re pushing “Go Back To School” in your face. (Bill Gates, Donald Trump, Steve Jobs and the like either dropped out of college or never went, and look at where they’re positioned in the economy. If they would suddenly halt their businesses, the U.S.’s economy would probably go into a mudslide.) I’m pushing that you should “Work For Yourself!” Like I said, I’m big on Knowledge and Learning. . .but “school” may not be the place to do it, if you want to get ahead. Why do you think big name schools’ admission and board are so costly? Is it because they only want the most “prestigious”? Ha!

“College dropout.” What’s on their mind? Money loss. That’s it! The admission is set so high because they know that only the “best of the best” will come. And with that being said, there won’t be nearly the dropout rate; which also means, they’ll continue to get their money. $70,000/yr for the same education you would get at a State University or College for (1/16) of the cost. The teachers at those institutions don’t care more or less. They’re getting paid, and guess by whom. You! You’re
either paying an arm and a leg for the “do this to make sure you get The job.” Or you’re paying a little for the “here, now go get A job.”

At all the schools I’ve been, I’ve not seen more than 4-5 classes on owning a business. The last school I attended only had one, “Entrepreneurship.” I’m like, “What the heck?!” The educational system is just one big business. There was a school in Atlanta that has or was about to be closed because it couldn’t pay its water bill! You know why? No students, defaulting on loans and such. No students means no money. No money means no profit. No profit means no business. And guess what. No business means no school. Same education, different institution. It’s like buying bread at the grocery store. Same great bread brand, different prices.

I’ve found my institution though: Barnes & Noble and all other venues. You think I’m kidding? Go to one and visit the business section. See how much you can learn in just one day. So all in all, don’t think “college” is the only way to go. You can start your own business with ease. Heck, you can even start your own business while attending college. So when you graduate, you won’t be in some rundown apartment getting up at 5am to make it to work through crazy traffic. You’ll already be living well, and will have a “college degree” just to say, “I’ve been there, done that.” Invest in Yourself.

Copyright � 2009 Antonio Newell

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About the author:
I’m from Crystal Springs, Mississippi. . .recently relocated to Atlanta, Georgia. I’m on a life mission to help people realize their potential. I came from not having a lot to becoming an internet entrepreneur and musical artist/producer. No one can tell me “it can’t be done.” Because I’m living proof that it can be.

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How Would You Fix the Economy?

Over the weekend I read this article from the St. Petersburg Times Sunday Newspaper . The Business Section’s question to the public was

“How Would You Fix the  Economy?”

The following was, by far, the BEST idea submitted.

Dear Mr. President,
Patriotic retirement:

There are about 40 million people over 50 in the work force – Pay them  
$1 million apiece severance with the following stipulations:

1.They retire immediately. Forty million job openings – Unemployment  fixed.

2.They buy NEW American cars. Forty million cars ordered -Auto Industry fixed. 

3.They either buy a house or pay off their mortgage – Housing Crisis  fixed. 

It can’t get any easier than that!

P.S. If more money is needed, have all members in Congress and their  
constituents pay their taxes…

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