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  1. This describes us. Also, I taught middle school math for years (and high school math one year), so I had no problem understanding the material. We went from 6B to Dolciani Pre-algebra.
  2. Oh, wow! I have to make up my mind before midnight! (Lisa, you're welcome! And thank you as well.)
  3. Thanks, Brenda! That's great to know! (And that's too funny about his outfits. :p)
  4. We're not ready for this yet, but the price is great, so I thought about getting it now. Do you have any experience with it? Tocqueville and the American Experiment
  5. My son started out with some of the easier courses on Coursera (he's only 14). He got a statement of accomplishment for the Introduction to Guitar class, and he's currently taking Exploring Beethoven's Piano Sonatas. The one I want both ds and I to take when we have more time is Think Again: How to Reason and Argue. I've read great reviews about it.
  6. I haven't read either of those books, but I've read a lot of other books, websites, and studies about gluten. I'm now gluten-, yeast-, and soy-free, and pretty much free of all food additives like preservatives, food dyes, and flavor enhancers. Since changing my diet, my health has improved tremendously. Not only is my mind sharper, but my mental and physical health are better as well. I'm less prone to depression and emotional outbursts (my husband and son even noticed the difference), and I no longer have symptoms of fibromyalgia or arthritis (unless I'm around fragrances), IBS, hypoglycemia, etc. Also, after years of taking thyroid meds, I was able to wean off them. I still have some significant health issues (I have lots of food allergies and extreme chemical sensitivities, which limit my life greatly, and I continue to have some symptoms of Sjogren's), but I feel so much better overall that I can't see myself ever going back to my old diet.
  7. Regentrude, I agree with everything you posted except the part in burgundy: I can't even begin to tell you how many students in the areas in which I taught never made it past ninth grade. Some disappeared illegally when they weren't old enough to drop out, and nobody ever bothered to look for them. Others just rode it out until they turned 16. Now that the law is in place that prevents teens from having their drivers' licenses if they're not in school, more do stay longer, but many still aren't getting enough credits to get beyond ninth grade.
  8. My library has quite a few of the Great Courses, including The Joy of Mathematics. It might be worth checking with your library to see what they have. You might still choose to buy them, but you could preview them first.
  9. Mine was, too. (I graduated from high school in 1984.) To add to that, my GRE score was within 10 points of my SAT score.
  10. That's probably part of it. I think the biggest issue, though, is that the state will be spending a lot of money on the charter schools law that passed (and there seems to be a lot of conflict of interest involved as well). The homeschooling changes were a part of that whole package.
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