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  1. I am doubtful we will have one for several more years at least, so it’s all theoretical. I wouldn’t be one the high priority list, but even after that, I will probably wait. The rare side effects for anything new often aren’t recognized until it has been in wider use for a long time. Six months or a year with a few thousand people is not enough people for long enough to know if benefits outweigh the risk when the risk of the disease is low.
  2. The Lancet meta analysis has been retracted. Big scandal. https://www.thelancet.com/lancet/article/s0140673620313246
  3. I highly recommend the Rhetoric sequence. It has been a great fit for one of my teens. The teachers have changed, so I can’t personally recommend one, but there is at least one teacher for next year that I’ve seen good reviews for.
  4. Mine was slightly over that and I didn’t worry about it. I considered it a suggestion.
  5. We used it this year but are thankfully done with all applications. I really didn’t think it was too bad; most everything was fairly user-friendly once I figured out what to do. I haven’t used the Common App, though. We didn’t utilize the feature of sending College Board scores through Coalition, but did those separately, just in case, since I think that was new. One thing I am still not sure that I did the best way is the school profile. Apparently, schools only see that if they also request a counselor letter or counselor report; the profile is connected to that. And not all of ou
  6. Accreditation doesn’t mean greater rigor. You can find online classes with high standards, including AP courses, that are not accredited, and you can mix them up with some home-guided classes if you wish. If I wanted to do a traditional high school program entirely at home but where I was largely hands-off and didn’t want to do any teaching, I would choose accreditation, because there are a few cases where it can make things a little easier in applying to college. And if I wasn’t going to be in charge of the homeschooling myself and the student’s transcript would have all of the clas
  7. We use some and I think they can be helpful. For my typical kids who are strong readers, I only tend to use adaptations for books that are more challenging than the English translations they could read in high school, like the Greek and Roman epics and myths. I read books in middle school that I didn’t realize were abridged til later. The Dickens version you describe sounds like that kind of book, still very well done and still with the original sentences, but with more extraneous sections removed. I think there is value in reading the story of Les Miserables in a —still quite lengthy— a
  8. https://www.bc.edu/sites/libraries/ratio/ratio1599.pdf A translation of the Ratio. Looks like interesting reading, most of which will be after the holidays, for me. But from a skim, it looks like the quote from earlier in the thread was for one of the lower grammar classes. The descriptions from rhetoric and humanities classes look more rigorous. Compositions in Latin and in Greek. Then there were classes in philosophy and theology. I don’t know when these occurred in the structure of the early Jesuit schools, but other things I’ve read on classical education led me to understand that these
  9. I don’t know if this is historically true, though. Anyone know? But in Latin, and sometimes Greek. Not in their native language.
  10. It seems that is right, but the English Canon part would have been a much later addition. And I would disagree that a degree in English in today’s universities, in America at least, necessarily gives an advantage in teaching the Western Canon to K-12 students.
  11. It’s an interesting question. Do online and physical classical schools, and resources recommended for homeschoolers, even recommend or use the same methods? It doesn’t seem like there is a lot of uniformity. I personally like Susan Wise Bauer’s approach. Discussions of any aspect of classical education always have that problem of several thousand years. But a common factor seems to be that the composition was primarily done in Latin. And for many years and many students, this would have been an acquired language. Perhaps the modern equivalent would be educating students to a high lev
  12. That list is strange and has been commented on in the past. I don’t think it is typical of Classical recommended book lists.
  13. I agree. I like a lot of what Circe puts out, but there are particular authors I don’t always appreciate. I read a book by one of them, and it had some good things to say. But it also reminded me of when I was in my thirties with younger children and thought there were more Answers than there really are, and that I had some of them. 😉 Reading or listening to Cindy Rollins or Karen Kern, on the other hand, is a breath of fresh air.
  14. I think it’s the opposite, actually: the current neo-classical “revival” began with private Christian schools in the eighties and nineties. Most people didn’t have access to one of these schools, so enter Veritas Press and then The Well-Trained Mind. Followed later by Circe, Classical Academic Press, and others. Many of the people involved in these enterprises were involved in the classical school (not only homeschool) movement as well (I think The Well-Trained Mind was so beloved partly because it said some version of this could be done at home and that there are many different resources you
  15. Agree with this. What does a credit like that even mean? And if a university looks further into it at a course description, then it just looks like you are giving credit for an Eagle project which is part of an extracurricular and is also listed again separately as an honor/award. I can’t think of another award on the same level as Eagle that would receive high school credit.
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