WASHINGTON—According to a report released Monday by the U.S. Department of Education, an increasing number of American parents are choosing to have their children raised at school rather than at home.
Deputy Education Secretary Anthony W. Miller said that many parents who school-home find U.S. households to be frightening, overwhelming environments for their children, and feel that they are just not conducive to producing well-rounded members of society.
Thousands of mothers and fathers polled in the study also believe that those running American homes cannot be trusted to keep their kids safe.
"Every year more parents are finding that their homes are not equipped to instill the right values in their children," Miller said. "When it comes to important life skills such as proper nutrition, safe sex, and even basic socialization, a growing number of mothers and fathers think it's better to rely on educators to guide and nurture their kids."
"And really, who can blame them?" Miller continued. "American homes have let down our nation's youth time and again in almost every imaginable respect."
According to the report, children raised at home were less likely to receive individual adult attention, and were often subjected to ineffective and wildly inconsistent disciplinary measures. The study also found that many parents expressed concerns that, when at home, their children were being teased and bullied by those older than themselves.
In addition to providing better supervision and overall direction, school-homing has become popular among mothers and fathers who just want to be less involved in the day-to-day lives of their children.
Read the full article here.
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Monday, March 29, 2010
The last three days, we've been happily hosting five Aussies! A befriended Australian homeschooling family, living in Holland, visiting England :).
It was a little bit confusing at first that the kids could speak English ánd Dutch! Adam said: just like me, Daddy!
Thanks for coming over! And thank you for the opportunity to get to know you a little bit better! Boaz said that he didn't like it that you were going home and Adam said: they've been here such a short time!! ;)
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
I love my 'workplace'!
And I have my personal wall.
And I love that even more!
Although I really love living here, it reminds me of all the good things in Holland.
It's not finished, there are always things that can be added. I'm still missing some pictures of people that I love (like the rest of the family and some godchildren), but I'm not good at all in printing pictures.
Don't ask me **how** bad!
So if you think you should be there, send me something and I might add it ;))
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Today I had a mum's day out, with Heather again :)
And some nice (? sugary ;)) hot white chocolate stuff for the boys
And....I wanted to buy a bottle of wine for Job.
So I went into M&S.
Found a bottle.
And I wanted to pay....
But the lady at the checkout asked me:
Do you have an ID on you?
I asked her, showing my driver licence: how old do you think I am? :)
Me: Well....I'm 32
And I've got three kids
I thought you were 23, 24....(you can't buy alcohol in the UK if you're under 25)
So I told her she made my day ;)
And so did you, Heather! :)
Friday, March 19, 2010
A drowsy day it was. But I love drowsy days (after a few good Spring days!)
I repotted some vegetable plants
Boaz and Levi did some painting
Boaz made and tried some masks
He found out (and took a picture of it) what he'd like to get for his birthday (three months to go ;)))
Adam played his favorite computer game
It was a good day!
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Sunday, March 14, 2010
These days, we are enjoying the company of Job's parents.
They (and we) enjoy:
They (and we) enjoy:
Sitting outside (and inside :)), reading books in the sun
Walking on the moors
Playing with the kids
Reading with Levi
Eating our neighbours home made lime marmelade (and my smoothies)
And just being together
Friday, March 12, 2010
We had a very nice tour; the guide was very friendly, very child-orientated and entertaining!
After the Cave, we had lunch and after that we did a quest in the garden (everybody happy!); Adam helped several other people finding the ones they had missed (in English!!) and Levi and Boaz could run around.
We did some fun digging and were allowed to bring the "treasures" home.
(I'm sorry for my short stories, lately. It's just that I spend less time on the computer (which is good actually))
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Yesterday, we had a very sunny (and windy) day at the Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth with one of our homeschool groups.
The boys groomed the donkeys.
In the heart of the maze
Chilling (or erm....done....:))