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  • Making a Case for Cursive

    Making a Case for Cursive2

    Recently, I asked my fifth graders if they enjoyed writing in cursive. Students at the all-boys Catholic school where I work start training in cursive penmanship in third grade, so my students had been practicing it for the better part of three years. I expected them to say that it is boring, that they do

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  • Is School Choice a Trojan Horse?

    Is School Choice a Trojan Horse?3

    School choice: It’s a term that has been making the rounds in the cultural discourse, particularly since the school closures in 2020. On the surface, giving parents and students more opportunity sounds good, but have we truly considered all of its potential consequences? What Is School Choice? Most generally, school choice “allows public education funds

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  • I Was a Girl Scout. Here’s Why My Daughters Won’t Be One.

    I Was a Girl Scout. Here’s Why My Daughters Won’t Be One.7

    It was summertime at Camp Cedarledge, and I was in Totem Village, Ahwenasa unit. The cabins were spacious and airy, with four beds each and room for our suitcases under each bed. Most days were spent marching around the acreage to attend swimming practice, arts and crafts, tying knots, first aid training, group games, and

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  • WE Are the Reason Kids Are on Screens

    WE Are the Reason Kids Are on Screens0

    A rant. Sorry. But this culture is driving me nuts! It is BLIND to the idea that kids CAN and in recent history HAVE done some things, on their own, no parents involved, and this was GOOD. Even HEALTHY. But one “screen-time specialist” just emailed me with this “helpful” tip on how to get kids

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  • Four Common Toddler Parenting Fails

    Four Common Toddler Parenting Fails9

    As a mom who had two under 2 (or two children within two years), I’m preparing myself for the quickly approaching day when I have two toddlers. Keeping up with one toddler has been a handful, so two will be a challenge, but there are some lessons I have learned with my first son that

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  • The Inspiring Front Lines of the 20th-Century Homeschool Revolution

    The Inspiring Front Lines of the 20th-Century Homeschool Revolution0

    When she was a young girl, Sandra Day O’Connor began her education at home. Her early years of schooling on an Arizona ranch were sitting at the kitchen table with her mother, learning to read, and taking long nature walks. I read this, and this scene of serenity, this future Supreme Court Justice, beginning her

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