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  1. I agree mostly with 8fillstheheart on this. I tend toward the Brave Writer one writing "project" per month guideline, and by 7th/8th grade those were mostly compositions or essays for us with a few more creative ones thrown in sometimes. I also think it's just a really sophisticated topic to compare the two revolutions. I would use a topic like that in high school and do something more concrete analyzing each one instead. But... some kids are more gifted and more ready to write at a higher level. So it all depends a bit. I just think a lot of families try to get ahead of themselves with "smart
  2. I'm sure the Blue Tent course will be great - all their courses are excellently organized. However, a WTM boardie is teaching the PAH course this year and it also sounds like it's going to be really good. If you do a search, you can see her posts about it.
  3. I think it all really depends on the kid and the goals. I would never call one paper overkill for a neurotypical middle schooler. That's a pretty big topic for a middle schooler, but given some support and the readings, I think that sounds really good. We did do output for history in middle school sometimes - but we varied it. We did some writing, some art stuff, some timelines and maps, some discussions... I think my point was mostly that it's okay if you don't have some huge formalized history output plan for middle school. Some kids love history and should have more output and products and
  4. @fourisenoughI think they will have seen an application like hers. Ballet kids at the top of their game homeschool and don't have time for much outside ballet. That's not a bad thing though, not coupled with strong academics. Plus, it's not like they'll have been reading tons of applications like hers. I'm just saying that she's not going to totally confuse them or anything. They're pros - they've seen it all. Remind me... she's not applying for ballet programs, is that right? I really think she'll be fine. I love the way Ruth outlined how she and her ds showed off his leadership abilities wit
  5. You know, here's how I see it in the end... Teachers and public schools are a massive mixed bag. We all know that all kinds of things get messed up when in the implementation level. Most teachers are intelligent, wonderful people who had to jump through a lot of hoops to get into the classroom. But who have to do a LOT and are constantly under siege from "the latest thing" and who bring their own biases to the table. That's all just true no matter what program or total lack of program is implemented - meaning that no matter what is done, some teachers will teach racism and a few will mess
  6. As much as this board loves grammar, there's not a ton of evidence that understanding how to name and describe grammar actually helps students improve the quality of their own writing - especially at the level of writing most people will do in their lives. By high school, I generally say to drop it if they haven't gotten it. It's almost never a part of the high school curricula in schools. What age? What is their writing looking like? Can you do something like Lively Art of Writing? Do an essay focused course using something like the Norton Sampler?
  7. I LOVE that list. I really like nearly all the books on it. Does she like Jane Eyre? Wide Sargasso Sea is better IMHO if you do.
  8. The irony is that it's probably least necessary for them. If some of these barely at 40% states would require it for their state universities, that might make a positive difference in the rates.
  9. In a general sense... the more flexible you are with where you're willing to go, the easier it is to make it cheaper or sometimes even free. The more demonstrable academic achievements you have, the easier it is to make it cheaper or even free. If you put those both together - flexibility and academic achievement - then a student will usually have some choices in a range they can pay for. I don't think that basic formula is going to change. Lots of students end up having to take on some debt and that can be the right decision if it's a reasonable amount. But the people I see who are getti
  10. Yeah, in terms of a trend, I think this was set to become the norm anyway but then the vaccines rolled through. We were going to have to have a lot of money to have ds tested at his summer intensive. But then they relented for the kids who are vaccinated.
  11. Creamy colors are really in right now. But I can't not do color. I like the idea of the green.
  12. We don't even try really. I mean, I serve food later - around 8:00 though sometimes as late as 9:00. But then we drift in different directions. If we eat a meal together, it's usually lunch.
  13. I was honestly thinking of hiding all day and doing zero tackling. This has been the worst week. Possibly top ten worst weeks ever.
  14. The honor system has not worked very well in terms of masking or not going out sick during the pandemic. It’s just practical. If students don’t vax, they raise the literal cost of doing business on campus and the risk of further lost revenue if there are more outbreaks. Make them pay the testing fees to keep things safer if they refuse to vaccinate.
  15. It was a fluke! Oh, newspaper reporters! 😂
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