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The Digital Gap: Is There a Balance?


Read Anthony's take on a New York Times article entitled "The Digital Gap Between Rich and Poor Kids Is Not What We Expected."

In an article in The New York Times entitled “The Digital Gap Between Rich and Poor Kids Is Not What We Expected” Nellie Bowles argues that “America’s public schools are still promoting devices with screens — even offering digital-only preschools” while “the rich are banning screens from class altogether.” Bowles reports on a study from…
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Fun Field Trip Ideas for Homeschool Families


Field trips can be effective learning experiences for homeschool families, whether they are spontaneous or formally planned.

Homeschoolers may be surprised to learn that field trips can be effective learning experiences for them as well, whether they are spontaneous or formally planned. A great deal of learning tends to be book-based or technology-based, even if you include hands-on activities. Making different paper airplane models in order to test their flying capabilities is…
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Homeschool Podcasts (Complete List)


Are you looking for new homeschool podcasts to listen to while you're mowing the lawn or tidying up? We've got just the thing for you!

When I first heard about podcasts I wasn’t impressed and didn’t think it would last; boy was I wrong. According to Podcast Insights, 51% of the United States population has listened to a podcast. 49% listen to podcasts at home, and 22% listen to them in the car. For me, it would be closer to…
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Kids These Days [Book Review]


Read Anthony Barr's review of "Kids These Days: Human Capital and the Making of Millenials" and his thoughts on the subject in this blog post.

Hey, Mom and Dad! We’re doing the best we can! Being myself one of those dreaded “millennials” who has been the subject of a seemingly endless popular discourse, I was eager to read Malcolm Harris’ new book Kids These Days: Human Capital and the Making of Millennials. Harris is himself a millennial; the cover of…
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Is My Student Behind in Math?


It is hard to not become concerned about whether your student is behind or not.

Is My Student Behind? Actually Behind? When you observe your student exhibiting one or more of the following in their math lessons, it is hard to not become concerned about whether your student is behind or not: • Student is not ready for the math curricula which indicate their corresponding grade level. • They are…
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Senator Sasse on Building Community [Book Review]


Senator Ben Sasse thinks there is one thing that plagues our nation more than anything else: loneliness.

Senator Ben Sasse thinks there is one thing that plagues our nation more than anything else: loneliness. In his latest book, Them: Why We Hate Each Other – And How To Heal – he explains: Our world is nudging us toward rootlessness, when only a recovery of rootedness can heal us. What’s wrong with America,…
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The Importance of Improving Math Culture


A recent initiative in math education seeks to situate math culture in a deeper, more embedded context.

As human beings, our social selves are shaped by human culture. The language we speak, the monetary currency we use, the movies we watch; the examples of human culture are endless. Education is also a cultural phenomenon, and that includes math education. But often the tradition of mathematics is taught as though it exists outside…
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Abacus and Algorithm: A History of Math


A scholar introduces us to Gerbert, who is responsible for introducing algebra and the place-value system to medieval Europe by way of the abacus.

We often teach mathematics as if it were ahistorical, as if all mathematical insights – from the concept of zero to theories of infinite sets – were known always and everywhere. Studying the history of math allows us to see mathematics as an ongoing conversation that has its roots in the earliest of human civilizations.…
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Euclid on Playing with Math Manipulatives


"Things which equal the same thing also equal one another." - Euclid

Imagine the following scene: A three year old child (let’s call her Susie) is playing with blocks of varying lengths on the floor. She carefully places one block on top of another, trying to find blocks that match in length. If you ask Susie what’s she doing, she’ll say, “I’m just playing.” But actually, she’s…
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Steve Demme’s Stewardship Math Curriculum Has a New Edition


After six months of writing and filming (and four months of editing and proofing), the New Edition of Stewardship has been released.

Stewardship, 2nd Edition After six months of writing and filming (and four months of editing and proofing), the New Edition of Stewardship has been released. Stewardship is a personal finance curriculum taught from a biblical perspective. With Steve Demme’s signature humility, humor, and sharp math skills, practical math instruction is combined with Biblical principles of finance…
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