Socialist Teachers Alliance Discussion Document: The Schools Productivity Deal

In 2003 the Treasury produced a document which either got beneath the radar of union bureaucracies, or else became the subject of consultation within government committees which ensured maximum concealment. Entitled ‘Public Services. Meeting the Productivity Challenge’.1 its preamble summed up New Labour economic policy: ‘As well as creating the right environment for business to raise productivity, …

On Delight And Responsibility: What’s Education For?

Introduction The English young people’s author Philip Pullman wrote about the purpose and nature of education in an article for The Guardian of January 22 2005. His poetic assertion was that, “True education flowers at the point when delight falls in love with responsibility.” Pullman was describing the false methods of teaching literacy that have become common …

Distributed Leadership and Managerial Power in Schools

Richard Hatcher University of Central England, Birmingham, UK Paper presented at the Society for Educational Studies and BERA Social Justice SIG Annual Seminar ‘School Leadership and Social Justice’, London, 4 November 2004 One of the central themes of current academic school management and leadership discourse is the notion of distributed leadership. Alma Harris, for example, …

History of Home School

The Pioneering Work of John Caldwell Holt The history of home schooling has consisted of gradual attempts to reform the public school system and a turn toward education within the home by parents concerned about the quality of public education in America. The most important figure in the home school movement’s history has been the …

Homeschool Tips: Seven Sites for Spelling

Teach and Practice Spelling Online Spelling can easily be overlooked when homeschooling, at least until standardized test scores return in the mail. Learning to spell does not need to be a boring or painful process. My children and I appreciate online games and tutorials to learn to spell. Here are my seven favorite websites you …

Homeschoolers Home School Glossary: Sight-S-word

Speaking about homeschooling can be like speaking a new language. There are so many words that new homeschoolers and non-homeschoolers may not know. For this reason, I have developed this list of 100 words a homeschooler should know. Sight Reading Sight-reading is a method of memorizing commonly used words so that a child can read …

The Homeschoolers Glossary: Diagnostic-Government

Did you know homeschoolers have their own language? Well, it is not exactly our own language, but there is a homeschool ‘lingo’. So that you will better understand what homeschoolers are talking about, I am providing this list of 100 words a homeschooler should know. Diagnostic test Diagnostic tests diagnose a child’s educational level. They …

Homeschooling Has Improved with Software Made with Today’s Technology

Best Software Programs for Homeschooling One of the most important tools for homeschooling is homeschool software. You or your children can learn the required school curriculum plus computer skills. I recommend that you first research your state’s legal requirements for home schooling. You will have to file for a “notice of intent to homeschool” in …