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The years from birth to five years account for how well a child is going to respond to formal education. Parents need to be sure that they are doing their job before placing blame on the schools.

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The homeschooling channel from BellaOnline.com.

Can parents trust schools to teach Reading? star[offsite link]
MAEVE MADDOX: In the light of widespread reading failure in the schools, parents should probably teach their children to read before they begin kindergarten.

Criticism of Reform Not Welcome star
Top-tier reformers like Arne Duncan and state superintendents don't want to listen to the valid criticisms of parents, principals, and teachers. They meet complaints by taking the high ground, equating their untried, testing-heavy education reforms with the moral struggle for civil rights.

Defining Education star
Not everyone means the same thing by the word "education." Parents who want "a quality education" for their children would do well to define what they mean by "education" in very specific terms.

Free Tutoring from Khan Academy star
The Khan Academy is an online tutorial resource featuring more than 3,000 short video lessons that children can play again and again until the concept is learned. Its focus is math and science.

Homeschool Central star[offsite link]
An extensive collection of articles and links regarding all issues surrounding the homeschooling movement.

How Not to Teach and Test Spelling star[offsite link]
Maeve Maddox: One reason that so many younger Americans cannot spell common words lies in the ineffective way that spelling is taught in the schools. Parents need to beware of “spelling tips” that ignore the sound/symbol relationships.

Parents and Popular Culture star
Most cultural attitudes go unquestioned. Many attitudes held by Americans do not promote the idea of academic excellence in either parents or children.

Parents in the Classroom star
Should parents have the option of sitting in on lessons in the public school classroom?

Public School and Religious Belief star
Public education is like public transportation. Passengers have to go where the bus goes. Travelers who want to go where the bus doesn’t go must make other arrangements.

Reading Reform Begins at Home star
Parents of young children do not have the luxury of waiting for professional educators to agree on what to do about reading failure. They need to use the time from birth to age five to prepare their children for reading success.

School Policy Won’t Wipe Out Bullying star
Like racism and the subjection of women, bullying is a component of human behavior deeply embedded in the human psyche. Children are exposed to the concept from birth. Children bullied at home are likely to become bullies at school.

School-finder star[offsite link]
This site offers a search engine that brings up descriptions of schools in different parts of the U.S.

The Testing Opt-Out Movement star
Parents and teachers distressed by the effect of ever-increasing state-mandated standardized testing of younger and younger children are at the heart of a grassroots movement to resist what they see as a mindless process that has little to do with education or the mental well-being of children.

Too Much Homework star
Parents and teachers are choosing sides in the Homework War. On one side there's a call for more homework, beginning in Kindergarten, no less. On the other, there's the call to abolish the dreadful institution. What's the answer?

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