There are no whole truths: all truths are half-truths. It is trying to treat them as whole truths that plays the devil."-Alfred North Whitehead
Here are a few Hot Topics that we would like to address. Our opinions, musings, thoughts on the Topics listed here and more are embedded in our lives and stories as we share them throughout these pages. These Topics are of concern to us --perhaps many of you have asked them, as well, in your search for the answer to the most important Question of all, "What is best for my child?"
Click on open links below to hear as we and others specifically and directly address these Questions. Check back as our links grow with this site.
Our Hot Topic Pages
Preparedness for Citizenship & Responsibility to Society & Compelling Interest of the State
What does accountability prove?
What do our children learn from testing?
What is our responsibility to society?
Compulsory attendance? Compulsory education? What's the difference? Why either?
Child Abuse & Neglect & Homeschooling
The Dark Side of abuse? Does Homeschooling provide a haven for child abuse and neglect?
What is child abuse and neglect and how do we prevent it?
How can curricula become educationally and intellectually inappropriate for well being of children?
What is educational neglect and who is at risk?
How do children learn to interact and participate in mainstream society?
What kind of socialization do children need?
In what ways can children become isolated?
How do children learn to handle adversity and how to cooperate with others?
What does it mean to shelter a child, and when might that be a good idea?
Personal Well-Being &For the Sake of the Child & Responsibility to Children
What Special Needs do children have and how can we address them?
What defines a healthy childhood?
Can traditional schooling be harmful to children?
What happens to human beings when choices become unreasonably limited?
What do children need from us?
How do we empower children to become emotionally, socially and intellectually healthy, adaptive, life learners?
What is our responsibility to our children?
What is in the compelling interest of children?
When does the state have the right to intervene for the sake of the child?
When should the state intervene for the sake of the child?
State Intervention/Parental Authority
Are there certain values that the State should ensure that children are inculcated with in order to ensure an enlightened electorate prepared for citizenship?
Should the state be setting the definition of what it means to be a child, a family, a parent?
Can and should the state enforce a one "right"way to raise a child; whose "right"prevails?
Can most parents be trusted to raise their own children: what about those who can't and how should they effect the rest of us?
When is education a function of the state that can and should duly and rightfully usurp parental responsibility and authority?
Opting Out of PS/Responsibility to Society
How do we prepare children for the betterment of society?
Parents as Teachers/Parental Well-Being
Teach Your Own: The John Holt Book of Homeschooling,
by John Holt & Pat Farenga
Taking Charge Through Homeschooling: Personal & Political Empowerment, by Larry & Susan Kaseman
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