Yes, you read that right. I’m asking you to let your kids be just a little bit messy. I get it. Your life is busy enough without extra chaos, confusion, or goldfish cracker crumbs to sweep up. Anyone who's been a parent long knows how exhausting and frustrating it can be to clean up a
On my first day of undergraduate school, bright and early in the morning, I timidly entered college algebra class. I had taken a gap year between high school and college, and I was nervous about algebra’s dormancy in my mind. I awkwardly took a seat in the classroom and watched my fellow students fill up
As a parent, few things bring us more joy than watching our children thrive. We hope that they will always be perfectly happy, make good grades, and become strong, kind individuals...but life is not usually free of difficulty. It’s easy to get worried when our kids struggle—even if it’s to be expected. We want to
Perhaps you’ve heard bad things in the news lately about the public school system, and you recognize a potential threat to your child’s education. Chances are, you have even felt the urge to step in and do something. After all, you want the best education possible for your child. Even though you recognize the need
-- Parental engagement is American education’s best-kept secret—and it’s one of the core principles that we talk about here at Noah Webster Educational Foundation. Join us online or in-person as NWEF president Melvin Adams hosts a panel of involved parents discussing the power that parents have to direct their children’s learning and to
Most parents care about their kids. In fact, most parents care deeply. When it comes to stepping up and taking action when schools undermine your parenting goals, you might not know where to start. “Get involved” can be a generic idea. It sounds nice...but you have questions. “How?” “What am I supposed to do?”
Recently, the National Society for the Advancement of Black Americans (NSABA) created an opt-out form based on state law that allows Virginia parents to protect their children from any school curriculum they find discriminatory. In an interview with the Noah Webster Educational Foundation, the president of NSABA, Paul Lott, explains why the form was necessary.
In the spring of 2020, Harvard law professor Elizabeth Bartholet published a scathing paper describing what she labeled as the “rapidly growing homeschool phenomenon and the threat it poses to children and society." Among her list of complaints, Dr. Bartholet announced that less than a dozen states regulate homeschool parents' qualifications to educate their children.
Formal education is a vast world of approaches and perspectives. As The Alternative Education Resource Organization points out, methods, theories, ideas, programs, and practical applications abound—all with their own unique pros and cons. Some of these methodologies are as old as the hills, while others are still in their proverbial infancy. One such educational method
Homeschooling: So easy a parent can do it? Homeschooling is not a new concept. It has, in fact, been a common educational option for much of American history. Insider observes that many famous and influential historical figures were homeschooled, including Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell, and Agatha Christie. Education Week notes that educating their children