By Stuart Elliott “For all our talk of virtue we are powerless to create it. We cannot MAKE our children good.”- Cyndi Rollins Let’s be honest with ourselves, much of what characterizes education today, whether in a traditional school or at home, is fear and anxiety. It seems we are in a constant state of
By Stuart Elliott Anthony Esolen said, while speaking about his book “10 Ways to Destroy the Imagination of your Child”, that if you want to ensure your child doesn’t develop her imagination give her a low ceiling. In other words confine her environment in such a way that she is never encouraged to look beyond
By Stuart Elliott “Participation in a story, a narrative, a life that has others in a web of relationships that create, sustain, and enlighten meaning and purpose is the great unspoken desire of people today.” Timothy Massaro Those familiar with our story know that we grow and raise much of what we eat. We are
By Stuart “A safe fairy-land is untrue to all worlds” -J.R.R. Tolkien Mention homeschooling in conversation and you will inevitably get a variety of responses ranging from general suspicion to out right silence behind a look which reads, “Get me away from these crazy people as soon as possible.” One of the consistent criticisms aimed
By Stuart “Concealed in the world we have is a world greater than we can imagine”- Mark Helprin from In Sunlight and in Shadow (here). I thought I had been quite clever and come up with something original. Turns out my suspicions are correct and I am not as clever as I sometimes think I
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My little sister has seen me at my very worst, because, well… I tend to show up at her doorstep at my very worst. Like a few weeks ago when I showed up with disgusting children, mascara tears streaming down my face, and begged her for a wee bit of shampoo so that I could
I’m not quite sure how it happened. And yet, here I am. Staring at small stacks of beautiful and fresh curriculum books. It makes me want to sharpen pencils. And, I don’t know, recite the Pledge of Allegiance or something. I’ve hinted very briefly at the fact, but today, I’m finally coming out. Y’all. We’re