Notes from the Publisher

November 26, 2008

General / Lectures from the Academy

JB

Kelly Kilpatrick just recently posted a list of 100 great Ivy League lectures on a variety of subjects.  I haven't started watching them yet, but thought some of you might be interested.

HT to Denyse O'Leary

November 07, 2008

Politics / For those of you conservatives sick of the GOP

JB

I have officially had it with the GOP.  I'm done.  I'm renouncing my membership to the Republican party.  The reasons go back and forth between the bailout package, the endless government programs, and the fact that the GOP presidential candidate could not articulate the conservative message.  But the straw that broke the camel's back was the trashing of Sarah Palin.  Palin has been one of the best things to happen to the Republican party, and to see the way that the Republican Punditocracy reacted to her has me realing, especially combined with this new series of attacks by McCain aides.  It's just sickening.  It sends a strong signal - the Republican Party is no longer a conservative party.  If you want conservatism, you have to go somewhere else.

I'm going to throw my hat in with the Constitution Party.  Are you ready to do the same?  Here's where you sign up.  For 2012, I want debates with more than just the Democrats and the Republicans.

For politics from a Constitution Party perspective, see the Backwater Report.

By the way, for those of you who are also concerned about the treatment of Sarah Palin, here are some ways you can show her support.

November 02, 2008

General / The Coming Homeschool Revolution

JB

I am convinced that within the next five years we are going to see a mass exodus of children from the public school system into homeschooling.  Everywhere my wife and I go, when we meet new people, inevitably the question comes up - where do your kids go to school?  When we say "we are homeschooling," then, in every single case this year, the people talking to us get really excited and start asking a bunch of questions.  Inevitably, it is because one of their kids is having trouble in school and not getting the attention they need (or too much negative attention), and they are seriously considering homeschooling.

What is amazing about this is that, just 10 years ago, homeschooling was almost unheard of. It was one of those things practiced by weird parents with weird kids.  But now, almost everyone we talk to desperately wants to homeschool one or more of their children, but they often don't feel adequate and/or don't know how to get started.  As more and more families start to do this, the difficulties involved will be minimized, and the downsides will be eliminated. 

It is entirely possible that the liberal social agenda will be implemented in public schools over the next ten years.  It is equally possible that by the time they are done there won't be anyone left in the public schools to listen.

As a company, we are currently looking at the ways in which we can assist the homeschool community, so be watching.  We'll probably be announcing something in the coming months.

For those of you wanting to homeschool, don't be afraid!  It will be worth your time and effort.

Feel free to comment on this article if you need advice on how to start homeschooling.  My wife and I currently homeschool a 1st grader, but we are well-connected with the local homeschooling community.  I'm also interested for feedback on what you think are the needs of the homeschool community which can be addressed with technology, curriculum/content, and/or organization/planning.