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thehomeschoolsisters.wordpress.com

by Caitlin Fitzpatrick Curley

November 1, 2016

Gameschooling allows for stealth learning at its best. Games don't judge, they don't leave red marks, they don't dole out grades. Instead, games allow for practice of skills. Mistakes are expected. If you lose, you get to clear the board and try again.

Today, I'm going to share tips and tricks, from building your game closet to deciphering instructions, to organizing your collection, to finding the time to play. My hope is that these strategies will help you to have more fun in your homeschool day! Before you can have a successful game night, you have to select the perfect game for your family. Every family is unique and you know your tribe best. Here are some things to consider when choosing a game...

resilience.org

by Brian Kaller

October 17, 2016

In the last couple of centuries humans have done a strange thing: we've dug the biggest pits, the deepest holes, and the longest tunnels the world has ever seen, all to find the most insidious and subtle poisons known to our mammalian bodies.

What we need is a device that can suck toxins out of the soil and either turn them into something harmless, or concentrate them in something lightweight and removable. No one has much money lying around to invent such a device, though, much less to manufacture millions of them and send them to sites around the world for free. Thus, these hypothetical devices would be even better if they already appeared around the world. It would be best, in fact, if these machines cost nothing to create, and once created could make more of themselves, at an exponential rate. While we're at it, it would also be nice if the devices also prevented soil erosion, fed bees and other pollinators, and provided shade, beauty, a home for wildlife, and possibly firewood.

nytimes.com

by Kirk Johnson

October 7, 2016

The Iditarod dog-sled race has gripped the imagination here for a long time, partly because it captures the idea, cherished by Alaskans, that a true-north wildness lies just over the horizon.

In trekking nearly 1,000 miles to the finish line in the old gold-rush town of Nome, mushers and their teams commemorate an event that captivated the world in 1925, when a sled team, led by a dog named Balto, raced through blizzards to deliver lifesaving serum to Nome during a diphtheria outbreak. The rescue made headlines around the world, and earned Balto a statue in Central Park in New York. And since 1973, the competitive race has been run to celebrate that trek.

althealthworks.com

by Nick Meyer

September 1, 2016

My name is Robert, and I am a Cornell University undergraduate student. However, I'm not sure if I want to be one any more. Allow me to explain.

Cornell, as an institution, appears to be complicit in a shocking amount of ecologically destructive, academically unethical, and scientifically deceitful behavior. Perhaps the most potent example is Cornell's deep ties to industrial GMO agriculture, and the affiliated corporations such as Monsanto. I'd like to share how I became aware of this troubling state of affairs.

thesoftlanding.com

August 19, 2016

My friend Tamara, creator of MISLEAD: America's Secret Epidemic, posted the picture you see above on Facebook. She was excited to find a lunch bag that was officially PVC, phthalate and lead-free.

But the "ulra safe" and "worry-free" claims weren't completely justified. We still have one thing left to worry about: Microban. I don't like shedding a questionable light on products like this, because the manufacturer has gone the extra mile to make it safer. But it's more important to make informed decisions, right?

csmonitor.com

by Patrik Jonsson and Josh Kenworthy

August 16, 2016

While some parents cite religious and moral reasons, others say they are keeping their kids out of public schools to protect them from school-related racism.

Despite the promises of the civil rights movement, "people are starting to realize that public education in America was designed for the masses of poor, and its intent has been to trap poor people into being workers and servants. If you don't want that for your children, then you look for something else," she says. To her, the biggest flaw in public education is a lack of character education, an "absence of a moral binding," that contributes to low expectations - and lower outcomes for children of color.

kut.org

by Kate McGee

August 15, 2016

When Austin resident Katy Ludlow was pregnant, she remembers how concerned many parents were about vaccinating their children. Actor Jenny McCarthy was speaking openly about her belief that her son's autism was linked to vaccinations and Ludlow grew worri

Eight years later, Ludlow says she's firmly pro-vaccination and has fully vaccinated her daughter, who is now eight. But Ludlow says the debate over vaccinations continues among parents on play dates, where she witnessed a near-fight between two moms with differing opinions on vaccines, and social media platforms like Facebook.

sandiegouniontribune.com

by Paul Sisson

August 15, 2016

Families sending their children back to schools across California face a new requirement mired in a volatile interplay of religious liberties, individual choice and government efforts to protect the public's health...

They can no longer sidestep vaccination requirements by citing their personal beliefs against immunization. California joins Mississippi and West Virginia as the only states in the nation that ban students from enrolling in public and private schools unless a doctor certifies that a child has a medical condition making vaccination too risky.

truthkings.com

by Gary Barnes

August 15, 2016

Hundreds of students who were unable to show proof of immunizations were sent home from school. A spokesperson for the Folsom-Cordova School District said that at least 145 students were sent away.

Elk Grove school district listed their number of students sent home for failing to show vaccination papers at 133. As of July 1, parents can no longer use personal or religious belief exemptions to opt their kids out of vaccinations. The spokesperson for Folsom-Cordova told krem.com, "We're working under a different game plan now," Thigpen said.

resilience.org

by Alessia Clusini -- Translation by Nicole Stojanovska.

August 12, 2016

Threading elements of the great educational experiments of Bauhaus and Roycroft Community models together with Pierre Levy's modern definition of "collective intelligence," La Scuola Open Source (The Open Source School) embodies the principles...

In the early part of the last century, as a result of the social and economic changes produced by the industrial revolution, an architect named Walter Gropius conceived a school in Germany aimed at creating new professionals to provide an answer to the demand of innovation generated by the changes in time. That school was Bauhaus - a place that would become a legend. It was born from the union of an art academy, a technical college and a faculty of architecture. Within a few years, combining skills and working on real projects with the help of many internationally renowned experts, a pedagogical experiment of historic proportions was born.

      

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