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by Emily Willingham

April 26, 2014

Minecraft. Perhaps you've heard of it. Writer Laura McKenna argues that it's so popular with autistic children that in a classroom, the game could essentially serve as the great equalizer between autistic and non-autistic students.

But, protest some parents and/or teachers: Encourage a videogame? A computer game? With a screen? As a parent who sits in her family room every single day and listens to her children play this game, I say, emphatically, "Yes. More Minecraft, please." Why?

April 25, 2014

Here's the email I received last week. I was saving it for today, as I'll be speaking at a homeschool conference tomorrow. The subject line of this email was: "Not all public school teachers are the devil."

April 15, 2014

For more than 200 years, politicians have tried to spark economic growth through government subsidies. Almost all of them have been expensive and demoralizing disasters. The Heritage Foundation recently estimated that most major corporations have taken federal aid, and that this spending has cost taxpayers $3,000 per second of every day since the year 2000. One of us (Burton Folsom) has just finished the first historical study of government subsidies. The book, entitled Uncle Sam Can't Count , is published by HarperCollins and is available April 15. It starts with George Washington's failed aid to a fur trading company and analyzes later subsidies for steamships, railroads, the first airplane, ethanol, electric cars, and more. Some have been catastrophes; all have done more harm than good. First, these subsidies have been expensive, and today they are moving the U.S. toward bankruptcy. Some criticize welfare for our financial mess, but federal aid for relief has been law for only 82 years; public sector unions, another source of debt, have only been powerful for 40 years. Corporate subsidies, however, have been with us for over 200 years, and often their presence has justified damaging federal spending in other areas as well.

by Austin Yack

April 8, 2014

Prolifers who display graphic images of aborted fetuses to tout their message are like "domestic terrorists" who invade communities and make women feel unsafe, said a UCSB student.

"They are domestic terrorists, because the definition of a terrorist is someone who terrorizes," said UCSB sophomore Katherine Wehler, a theater and feminist studies major, in an interview with The College Fix. "That's exactly what those girls were doing," she said of young prolife demonstrators on campus who are at the center of the controversy. "They were making us feel very unsafe on our campus outside one of the busiest places during the busiest week of the quarter." Wehler is among a large contingent of students who have come out in support of the professor, while other students have condemned the educator's actions.

by Christopher Cantwell

April 8, 2014

Have you been ridiculed, or taunted, by a libertarian? Are you unsure why you have suffered this cruelty? Here's 10 reasons libertarians aren't nice to you.

People often complain about libertarians being rude and obnoxious. It's not nearly as widespread a problem as some would make it out to be, and contrary to popular belief, this did not begin with me. To the extent that it does exist, I have become to many this sort of picture of the asshole libertarian who doesn't give a shit about your feelings or opinions. So I figured I'd put this list together of why libertarians aren't nice to you. Even libertarians who are nice to you, I think will get a kick out of it, because despite their outward appearances, they are every bit as frustrated with your statism as we are. Feel free to bookmark it and produce it every time you hear someone make this complaint.

by Karina Ioffee

March 21, 2014

The owners of a Livermore preschool shut down last year covered babies' faces with blankets as they slept and occasionally used those blankets to tie them to the crib, two former employees told a judge Thursday during a preliminary hearing.

Lida Sharaf, 33, and her sister, Nazila Sharaf, 36, owners of Sunnyside Preschool in Livermore, were arrested in April 2013 on suspicion of child abuse after a former employee filed complaints about the facility that included swaddling infants so tightly that they could not move their arms or legs.

by Kimberly Hefling and Jesse J. Holland

March 21, 2014

Even preschoolers are getting suspended from U.S. public schools - and they're disproportionately black, a trend that continues up through the later grades.

Advocates have long said that get-tough suspension and arrest policies in schools have contributed to a "school-to-prison" pipeline that snags minority students, but much of the emphasis has been on middle school and high school policies. This data shows the disparities starting in the youngest of children.

by Nick Banaszak

March 17, 2014

Some area principals and superintendents are expressing their opposition to a bill that would let homeschool athletes compete for their local public high school.

HB 503, better known as the "Tim Tebow Act", has already been approved by a committee at the Alabama House and now awaits a vote on the floor. HB 503 is named after former Florida quarterback and Heisman Winner Tim Tebow, who famously led his high school to a state championship during his senior year while being homeschooled. 29 other states already have similar versions of the Tebow Act, but not Alabama.

March 12, 2014

North Central Michigan College provides a Presidential Scholarship to one graduating senior from a home school within its service area.

Presidential Scholarships are offered for full tuition (up to 18 contact hours per semester) and mandatory fees for four consecutive semesters (fall and winter only). Field study fees are not included. Scholarship recipients must register for the fall semester immediately following their spring high school graduation.

by Royalwpthemes

March 12, 2014

Some parents have discovered that when it comes to their child's education, there's simply no place like home.

For centuries, homeschooling was the only option. Parents today, however, lean toward homeschooling for many reasons, like having an individualized custom education plan, guided social interaction, safety and personal values and beliefs.

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