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The alternative to “back to school”

2020 July 17 by


The Nightmare of Online Education

Most parents were very frustrated with the end of the school year and their children’s struggles with online education. Many children simply could not do their classes online and simply gave up or refused. Parents are understandably looking forward to having children educated by a teacher again rather than a computer. However, the educational system is not looking good. When I ask children what they like about school, they usually say, seeing their friends, and recess. But school is looking decidedly different in our new world. Children are going to wear masks and social distance, limiting the main reason they like school – playing with their friends.

I have spoken to parents who have said as soon as schools closed for in-person classes, their stress disappeared. No more struggles and fights trying to get children out the door in the mornings in the flurry of making lunches and feeding breakfast and brushing teeth and finding shoes for sleepy, grumpy kids.  All of the stress of school vanished, except the computer learning, which required parents to supervise their children’s online classes and become intimately familiar with the class material and the computer programs. Teachers have now become more stressed than ever with hybrid classes and an online curriculum and extensive restrictions.

The Homeschool Option

I am advising parents to avoid schools for children in these uncertain times. There are better alternatives than school with these restrictive rules. Homeschooling your children is a viable option for most parents. There are excellent ways to learn how to homeschool, and there are options to staying home with your children all day. Coops and networks of homeschoolers are available for families in many areas so that a group of parents can share the load of educating and supervising children. And, of course, children are likely to be more cooperative and enthusiastic about learning with other children’s parents than their own.

Consult an Expert

If you are not already familiar with homeschooling routines I suggest that you consult an expert. Elizabeth Hanson is a homeschooling expert that counsels parents has a course for parents to develop their homeschool skills and confidence. Anyone can homeschool their children. You do not need specialized skills or a teaching credential. Children enjoy the freedom of homeschool. And with some planning you can provide the social contact that children need.

Here is the contact information for Elizabeth. I urge you to consider withdrawing your children from school in these uncertain times.  And learn how easy it is to homeschool with an expert’s guidance. Watch this video.

Here is the enrollment information for her course to learn how to homeschool.

Smart Homeschooler Academy

And here is her extensive website.




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Alternatives to School

2020 May 6 by



Parents now have a tremendous summer opportunity for children. This is a chance to try out a guided homeschooling program yourself, with no commitment to leave school. Since everyone has already been working with their children this year to manage learning at home, you already have a taste of the drawbacks of online learning and children who are glued to computers. And you have a sense of how to guide your children through their assignments and classes.

Many parents have expressed their frustration to me about the difficulties their children have with online classes. And many parents are getting an eye opening view of what their children are actually studying in school now that they can observe them doing schoolwork at home. In many cases it is lots of busy work, inappropriate assignments, and studying through a screen. This may be the first time you have actually seen what is required of your children in school, how much time is wasted, and how much budding talent is stifled by mind numbing work. School is often a frustrating experience for children in many ways. The rigid schedule of classes often results in actual disruption of learning. As soon as a student gets absorbed in a science subject, the class period ends and the student must switch gears to an English text. A significant percentage of school time inevitably involves classroom housekeeping and discipline that has nothing to do with education. And children are often expected to engage in work that seems irrelevant and meaningless to them.

It doesn’t have to be this way. Homeschooling can be fun, enjoyable, relatively stress free compared to classroom learning. Homeschooling may not be appropriate for everyone, but given the limited options for kids this summer, this may be the perfect time to try out a guided learning program for yourself.

My colleague, educator Elizabeth Hanson, has designed a summer program for you to explore homeschooling.

Here is a description of the benefits of homeschooling.

Here’s a video of what she offers.

Meet Elizabeth

And here’s how to sign up for her summer program.


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