‘Heresy Check’: One App I Really Want Made

For those of you about forty-years-old or older, you can probably remember a time when there was neither internet nor cable. There was no TV recording capability: if you wanted to watch Donny and Marie, you watched it Fridays at 8:00PM or not at all. If you were playing home video games in 1978, you were playing Pong. Yes, life was hard. And for young authors like myself, technology that would have assisted you in writing was almost nonexistent. Remember that this was an era in which a mechanical pencil was considered pretty cool. “Cutting and pasting” required scissors and Elmer’s. If you were lucky, you had a typewriter; if you were even luckier, that typewriter had a correction ribbon. For me, “grammar check” meant simply reading a sentence aloud and waiting for my Mom to correct me. “Spell check” worked like this: “Mom, how do you spell snickersnee?” Mom: “Look it up, Johnny!” (As an entire generation of kids observed—and an entire generation of parents did not—“looking it up” implies the prior knowledge of the spelling.)…

The Rights of Parents as Principal Educators

The primary role of parents in their children’s education, especially in their religious education, comes from the importance of children in Christian marriage…

The Real Reasons Why I Homeschool

The reason I began to homeschool is not a single reason. I was disheartened at the level of education my eldest son was receiving in the public school. In addition, we were staunch fighters against the so-called “family education,” which was nothing more than a cover and masthead for sex education. And, in our local parish, our son’s CCD education was quite the joke…

A Letter Home from College after Homeschooling

You were my only teacher in high school, but I couldn’t have asked for a better one. You taught me more than you’ll ever know and much more than I could ever ask for. By homeschooling me, you changed the very core of my being from a lost and bewildered little girl into the strong woman I am proud to be. It was through your example and growth that I have become the only thing I have ever wanted to be – I have become me…

Marriage, the Family, and Home Education

Home education means the teaching by the parents at home, by both parents. A father’s contribution to the home education of his children is indispensable…

“I Am Not Going to Homeschool!”

When my husband originally suggested that we homeschool, I declared that the Blessed Mother herself would have to sit down across the table and say, “Susan, you are going to homeschool,” before I would try it. We are now finishing up our seventh year of homeschooling with Seton, and even though I haven’t seen the Blessed Mother sitting at the dinner table, I do believe she is with us and watching over us. After seven years, not only am I convinced that I am “that” kind of mom, but I am convinced that our family is better because of it!…

Learning from History

My two previous columns (available in the online newsletter archive) gave a brief history of the rise, and sadly the partial decline, of Catholic education in the United States. To accomplish the goal of a Catholic education for their children, parents are increasingly turning to homeschooling, but we homeschoolers have many lessons we can learn from the Catholic educators who came before us. For Catholic homeschooling to succeed and thrive in educating future generations, it must remain authentically Catholic, unapologetically rigorous, and marked by a commitment to diligence and order.

How Parish Schools Led to Catholic Home Schooling

Last month’s column was the story of how a largely poor, immigrant population built a powerhouse parish school system that provided a first-rate scholastic education. By the mid 1960s, the Catholic system reached its peak with 4.5 million elementary school pupils, and another million students in Catholic high schools.

Homeschooling: A Teenager’s Point of View

I never knew how much I didn’t know until I was homeschooled. I have been an “A-B” student since kindergarten, and I have attended private schools since second grade. I’ve always enjoyed the classroom atmosphere, and at this time last year, I would never have given it up for anything. I loved cheerleading, I loved sports and I loved to have fun. I was in every club and every contest; I was always on the run with my activities. At this time last year, I had just had my cap-and-gown 8th grade graduation, and I was trying to decide which of my three high school options was best for my needs, both socially and academically.

Perseverance

My personal pet peeves include books and authors who present homeschooling as an always fun and sunny alternative to institutional schools. If you believe some of what is written, you might easily think that our homeschooled children are sitting at their tidy desks, in their neat school clothes, diligently hammering at the books, while begging for more challenging work. Let’s face it: sometimes the truth is not quite so pretty, making it easy to lose sight of our goals.