Idiots Of The Education System

“I am beginning to suspect all elaborate and special systems of education. They seem to me to be built up on the supposition that every child is a kind of idiot who must be taught to think”. ~ Anne Sullivan.

I was conducting a Discover Your True Calling workshop at IIM, Indore last week. I had the afternoon free and decided to see the much acclaimed, high-grossing Bollywood movie – “3 Idiots”. I thoroughly enjoyed the movie, largely because it is a complete indictment of our education system. The message was strikingly similar to the theme of my workshop.

The film is about three students who do not really fit into the prestigious engineering college and are considered idiots by their professor. However, the movie clearly shows who the three real idiots are – the educational system, the teachers and the parents. Reflecting on the movie on the flight back to Mumbai, I realized that any real change in education is possible only by transforming these three constituencies.

Idiot #1 – The Education System:

Our current system is performance-oriented rather than mastery-oriented. The emphasis on examinations forces students to learn by rote. They focus on scoring high marks rather than investing the time and energy to understand the subject in depth. A system where true geniuses like Einstein and Ramanujan are considered poor students really needs its head examined. In the movie, this is brilliantly brought out by Aamir Khan playing Rancho – the truly outstanding engineer who goes beyond the book to gain mastery.

Idiot #2 – The Teachers:

Our current system of pedagogy is faculty-led and follows a fixed curriculum. The average teacher assumes that there is one right answer and that (s)he knows the answer. It is the rare teacher who has the ability to facilitate rather than teach, to nurture rather than preach and to support students who stray from the well-trodden path in search of creative ways to learn. Boman Irani as Viru Sahastrabuddhe does a superb job of bringing to life a dogmatic, highly competitive, over-confident college professor – the antithesis of an ideal teacher in every way.

Idiot #3 – The Parents:

When India’s HRD Minister Kapil Sibal suggested scrapping of the 10th grade exams, parents were the first to stand up against the proposal. Parents want their children to be at the top of their classes, get admitted to the best colleges and follow traditional career options – engineering, medicine, management and the like.

Parents rarely encourage their children to discover their true passions and pursue mastery rather than mediocrity. The movie’s middle class Quereshis, who want their son to be an engineer, and the poorer Rastogis, who see education as a way out of poverty, are typical of today’s Indian parents. They would probably be the toughest nut to crack.

The 21st century calls for talented people who are masters in their chosen fields of work. It calls for collaboration among passionate individuals, from different disciplines, to address the truly challenging issues and opportunities that the world presents. The current assembly-line approach to education falls severely short. We are not equipping our children to succeed in their world. The appeal of the movie is universal and obvious.

But what will it take for all three of the constituencies above, as well as the student community to rally around to a new educational order? Please share your perspectives. We need to work together to bring about transformation in this vital area of our society.

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Education – 2020 Style

Cambridge UK. September 2020. Lucy Jordan, aged eight, is starting her first day at iSchool – the Cambridge School of Science & Technology Engineering to be precise.

She has just graduated with honours from iLearn – the Government’s Clicks ’n Bricks nursery.

Since the age of five she has attended supervised social skills sessions with other children for two hours each weekday morning. After going home for lunch she has worked on her iLearn brief for three hours each afternoon online.

Her parents, both business people and one of whom is paid by the Government to stay at home under the Parental Responsibilities Act, have not had to sell the family jewels to pay for Lucy’s extensive technology toolkit.

The cost of the Amazon Kindle e-Reader, Raspberry Pi micro-computer, Apple iPhone to aid communication skills, Apple iPads and other tablets – was met out of the Government’s innovative EdTech tax relief programme.

Through iLearn, Lucy has mastered basic literacy and numeracy skills and a smattering of all the world’s major languages. She has gained an elementary knowledge of a whole range of subjects under her tutors Miss Wiki, Mr Google, Professor Hologram and Drs YouTube, DVD and Video.

David Attenbrough’s ‘Life on Earth’ series had made a brilliant geography ‘teacher.’ The best communicators in the world in their fields – via video and related technologies – had given her a grounding in medicine, nature, science, engineering and the Humanities.

Apple iTunes and YouTube got her through the Arts, Music and Drama requirements of her programme.

Under the new anti-obesity laws, passed when the NHS was scrapped in 2015, Lucy is required to undergo an hour’s exercise a day using her her Nintendo Wii Remote Plus, connected to her Microsoft Kinect XBox 360 gaming console.

And under the Government’s ‘FaithBuddies’ religious tolerance programme, Lucy has had regular online contact with children of the same age in other countries and creeds so she understands that people are people whether they are Muslims, Buddhists or Judaists.

iLearn had abolished the ‘curricula-exam’ treadmill amid widespread relief in 2015. Lucy had satisfied a panel of online invigilators, appointed by the Government, in an annual assessment where she fielded certain basic questions and looked up the answers on the internet.

So here she sits, three years older and very much wiser, a new pupil at the Cambridge School of Science & Technology Engineering. In reality she is at home in her study. Virtually she is anywhere and everywhere.

Lucy links to the Government’s new Heri-tech Centre – an archive of heritage technology – where Tim Berners-Lee gives a passionate dissertation about the birth of the internet and how the World Wide Web has created a global village.

In one dizzy hour she sees a reconstruction of Egyptians building the Great Pyramid of Giza; of Neil Armstrong walking on the Moon; and the Americans completing construction of the Panama Canal with 40,000 workers moving enough dirt to bury the entire island of Manhattan 12 feet deep.

She sits mesmerised as Stephen Hawking unpicks the secrets of the Universe and admits to being a little scared watching The Large Hadron Collider – housed in a 17-mile-long circular tunnel buried some 570 feet under the French and Swiss Alps – a gigantic enormous scientific experiment designed to observe minuscule subatomic particles by recreating the terrifying conditions that existed right after the Big Bang.

Chills turns to thrills as she watches engineers build the Qingzang-Tibet Railway – the world’s highest railroad. She sways in her chair to the rhythm of a train rattling along a top-of-the world slide through Himalayan peaks and over rugged tundra on a 1,200-mile path, at one point crossing 16,640-foot Tanggula pass.

She could have done without seeing the historic world-first human heart transplant performed by Christiaan Barnard so close to her elevenses, followed by nature red in tooth and claw on the Serengeti as a lion shreds a wildebeest.

But she could recover her equilibrium by studying hummingbirds flying backwards or the bar-headed goose flapping to heights of 21,120 feet on its migration over the Himalayas.

Tomorrow she would learn how clever people in Providence, Rhode Island, had uncovered rivers that had been buried under paved bridges. She might tune in to the construction of the Eiffel Tower in Paris or follow more modest lines of thought by revisiting the production of Acorn’s famous BBC Micro computer – right here in Cambridge with that nice Mr Hauser giving some user-friendly commentary.

Multicultural Education In Your Classroom

America has always been referred to as a melting pot, but ideally, it’s a place where we strive to invite everyone to celebrate exactly who they are. As the US population is becoming increasingly diverse and technology makes the world feel increasingly smaller, it is time to make every classroom a multicultural classroom.

What is Multicultural Education?

Multicultural education is more than celebrating Cinco de Mayo with tacos and piñatas or reading the latest biography of Martin Luther King Jr. It is an educational movement built on basic American values such as freedom, justice, opportunity, and equality. It is a set of strategies aimed to address the diverse challenges experienced by rapidly changing U.S. demographics. And it is a beginning step to shifting the balance of power and privilege within the education system.

The goals of multicultural education include:

- Creating a safe, accepting and successful learning environment for all
- Increasing awareness of global issues
- Strengthening cultural consciousness
- Strengthening intercultural awareness
- Teaching students that there are multiple historical perspectives
- Encouraging critical thinking
- Preventing prejudice and discrimination

Advantages of Multicultural Education

According to the National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME), multicultural education:

- Helps students develop positive self-image.
- Offers students an equitable educational opportunity.
- Allows multiple perspectives and ways of thinking.
- Combats stereotypes and prejudicial behavior.
- Teaches students to critique society in the interest of social justice.

Road Blocks to Implementing Multicultural Education

Contrary to popular belief, multicultural education is more than cultural awareness, but rather an initiative to encompass all under-represented groups (people of color, women, people with disabilities, etc) and to ensure curriculum and content including such groups is accurate and complete.

Unfortunately, multicultural education is not as easy as a yearly heritage celebration or supplemental unit here and there. Rather, it requires schools to reform traditional curriculum.

Too often, students are misinformed and misguided. Not all textbooks present historical content fully and accurately. For instance, Christopher Columbus is celebrated as the American hero who discovered America. This take on history completely ignores the pre-European history of Native Americans and the devastation that colonization had on them. Some history books are being revised, but often, it’s much easier to teach that “In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue.”

Most curriculums also focus more on North America and Europe than any other region. Most students have learned about genocide through stories of the Holocaust, but do they know that hundreds of thousands of people are being killed in places like Darfur and Rwanda? Despite our close proximity to Latin America, American schools typically spend little time reading Latin American literature or learning about the culture and history?

Thus, multicultural education is most successful when implemented as a schoolwide approach with reconstruction of not only curriculum, but also organizational and institutional policy.

Unfortunately most educational institutions are not prepared to implement multicultural education in their classrooms. Multicultural education requires a staff that is not only diverse, but also culturally competent. Educators must be aware, responsive and embracing of the diverse beliefs, perspectives and experiences. They must also be willing and ready to address issues of controversy. These issues include, but are not limited to, racism, sexism, religious intolerance, classism, ageism, etc.

What You Can Do in Your Classroom

Just because we’re facing an uphill battle doesn’t mean we shouldn’t take those first steps. To integrate multicultural education in your classroom and your school, you can:

- Integrate a diverse reading list that demonstrates the universal human experience across cultures
- Encourage community participation and social activism
- Go beyond the textbook
- By supplementing your curriculum with current events and news stories outside the textbook, you can draw parallels between the distant experiences of the past and the world today.
- Creating multicultural projects that require students to choose a background outside of their own
- Suggest that your school host an in-service professional development on multi-cultural education in the classroom

Favorite Lessons in Multicultural Education

Analyze issues of racism through pop culture.
Example: Study the affects of WWII for Japanese Americans through political cartoons, movies, photography, etc.

Analyze issues of socioeconomic class through planning and development.
Example: Design a development project with solutions to the needs of those living in poverty stricken communities.

Analyze issues of sexism through media.
Example: Make a scrapbook of stereotypical portrayals of both men and women. Compare both positive and negative stereotypes and determine the struggles they face as a result of these stereotypes.

Ten Things to Think About Before You Start a New Business

The tux fits perfectly. The boutonniere is jauntily pinned to your lapel. All of your friends and family are patiently watching and waiting for you… and then you see her, waiting at the other end of the aisle – it’s your new business.

Much like expectations of wedded bliss upon getting married, high hopes and expectations abound when you are starting a business. But, like so many others in life, starting your very own business is a lifelong commitment. Before making the plunge, here are 10 questions to consider:

1. Is it a viable business? This is the big one… that’s why I put it first. So many people rush into a business just because it sounds like a good idea or it’s something they really want to do. The question to ask yourself is “Do I really want to risk hundreds of thousands of dollars on a hunch or a feeling?” The answer will come from your due diligence.

• The idea

First, is it a workable business? For example, you can’t mine for diamonds on Pluto. No one even knows if there are diamonds there, and unless you have a spaceship handy, you can’t get there. Similarly, you can’t grow oranges in Alaska. As much as you may want to, they just won’t grow there. Go to Florida or California instead.

Your business has to be based in reality. It has to be doable, and it has to have a large enough market willing to pay the price for your product or service.

• The market

For example, take a store filled with fancy dog collars. Yes, dogs wear collars. But will you really find 10,000 people a year willing to spend $100 for a bling-ed out dog collar in a town of 1,000 people? Doesn’t sound like a good bet to me!

As I stated above, you need a target market that is large enough to sustain you-plus the ability to convert enough of that market into customers on a continual basis.

• Profit Potential

OK, so if the idea is workable and there’s a market, that’s great. Next you have to see if it will be profitable. It’s not enough to open the doors. The only thing that’s going to keep those doors open is customers-lots of them.

This is going to require a little more work to figure out. You need to estimate as accurately as possible every single expense involved in this business-from the rent to the inventory to the marketing to the payroll, even the licensing fees.

Usually, you’ll have start-up and operating costs. As in, it takes $1.5 million to open the doors of a typical McDonald’s. What it takes to run it every month-that’s additional. And so you’ll have to make enough money every month to not only cover those monthly expenses but also to recoup your investment plus turn a profit. It can be a tall order! So that leads me to the other side of the equation-projected sales or revenue (the money you will be bringing in). Since there are so many hands in your pocket as a business owner (the employees, the taxman, the utility companies, your inventory suppliers… you name it), you get to keep only a fraction of every dollar you make. That’s why it’s critical to find out what that profit margin will be. Thirty percent? Twenty percent? Ten? The answer is: It depends on the business.

A&H Turf & Specialities: The Nuts and Bolts of Growing a Business

In 1984 Dave Anderson and his dad, Al, founded A&H Turf & Specialties just a stone’s throw from where the main building stands today. As the name implies, the business originally centered on irrigation supplies and equipment. Along with sprinkler heads, fittings, and pipe, A&H sold a few related hardware items, such as shovels, fasteners, and sandpaper.

By 1988, the business had expanded into power tools and hand tools. In the years since, A&H has expanded to stock and supply full lines of tools, hardware items and equipment representing at least 475 major manufacturing firms around the world. But rather than concentrating on how many products they can cram into the warehouse, showroom and surrounding acres, A&H has always focused on supplying quality products from industry leaders.

Quality Sells

A glance at the many shelves and displays in the main store says it all. Respected names, like Blum, Festool, 3M, Accuride, Rain Bird, DeWalt, Freud, Stanley, Amerock, Belwith Keeler, Schlage, Baldwin, Emtek, Schaub & Company make up the A&H inventory line. What you won’t see are the inferior quality tools usually found at famous discount centers.

Dave Anderson explains why: “We’re simply not interested in carrying the low-end imported hardware or supplies. It doesn’t last.” Tools and hardware that last and that get the job done has proven to be a good market, so far.

Blum hardware is a good example of the quality products A&H is proud to carry. Made in Austria, Blum hardware is very high end, world famous for its quality. Dave says that A&H Turf and Specialties has been seriously involved with Blum since the beginning. In fact, A&H sold the first Blum hardware and machinery available west of the Mississippi.

And it’s not just about selling products. Today, A&H continues to provide continuing education training from Blum to employees in contact with hardware buyers and installers. They can readily assist contractors and homeowners with the specs and tolerances required for proper hinge applications and installation.

Hardware in the Blood

Dave and his dad both had a good deal of previous hardware experience before starting A&H Turf & Specialties. Dave says, “I’ve been in the hardware business all my life, since I was 12. I’ve got 37 years experience in functional, building, and irrigation hardware.” And he’s not just blowing smoke.

Dave worked his way through college installing irrigation and sprinkler systems, having learned the trade at a previous job with a Billings hardware company. His dad, Al, was the general manager of Winter Hardware when Dave got out of college. They worked there together for a while before deciding to start A&H Turf & Specialties. The new company opened its doors in a rented building just about a block from where the business now stands.

Survival in those early days was not without hard work. Dave says that the product lines were developed one at a time, selling face to face, with many miles spent on Montana and Wyoming roads. Within a few years though, A&H was able to buy the land it sits on today. The first new building gave the business 15,000 sqft to work with. Expansion continued as sales improved and more products were added, until now A&H fills over 40,000 sqft inside space, plus the uncovered storage outside.

Computer Software & Business Method Patents In India

India, like European Union, does not allow patents for inventions related to mathematical or business method or computer programme “per se” or algorithms. The relevant provision under the Indian Patents Act reads as under:

CHAPTER II
INVENTIONS NOT PATENTABLE

3. What are not inventions.- the following are not inventions within the meaning of this act,–
(k) a mathematical or business method or computer programme per se or algorithms;
The Section makes it amply clear that algorithms are not patentable in India. Though as per the Indian Patent Act, mathematical method, business method or computer programme per se are not allowed. The draft patent manual defines how inventions pertaining to above should be handled by the Indian Examiners and lays down parameters under which such inventions shall be patentable in India.

The proposed patent manual defines computer implemented invention as any invention the performance of which involves the use of computer, computer network or other programmable apparatus, or an invention one or more features which are realized wholly or partially by means of a computer programme/ programmes. Further, patent manual defines Computer programmes as a set of instructions for controlling a sequence of operations of a data processing system which closely resembles a mathematical method. Computer programme may be expressed in various forms e.g., a series of verbal statements, a flowchart, an algorithm, or other coded form and maybe presented in a form suitable for direct entry into a particular computer, or may require transcription into a different format (computer language). It may merely be written on paper or recorded on some machine readable medium such as magnetic tape or disc or optically scanned record, or it maybe permanently recorded in a control store forming part of a computer.

Though proposed patent manual emphasises on disclosure of mode of operation for inventions involving apparatus and necessary sequence of steps for process related invention, yet it lays down categorically that a hardware implementation performing a novel function is not patentable if that particular hardware system is known or is obvious irrespective of the function performed. It manifests that for such kind of invention insertion of method steps in apparatus or some dependency shall be required to make them non-obvious.

Vintage Door Hardware Business

While many people drudge away during their morning commutes and sit idly behind computers all day at jobs they hate they are oblivious to the vast spectrum of creative independent ways that there are to make a living – this article will focus on the unique niche business of vintage door hardware distribution.

Wherever there is demand for a product there is opportunity to profit from satisfying that demand. When most people think of retail products they are most likely to think of high end products (flat screen televisions) or products that they frequently use in their daily lives (plates and glasses) but the reality is that pretty much every item people come in contact with (outside of nature and government services) is the end result of someone selling and providing that product with a profit motive. The same individuals with the tunnel vision that keeps them unhappily pushing papers around a desk Monday through Friday from nine to five are the same folks that are not allowing themselves to see the plentiful opportunities for increased freedom, earning, and career satisfaction.

For the individuals that aspire to chase ambitious entrepreneurial endeavors the surprising things most often holding them back are their own thoughts and ideas. Prosperous notions and ingenious money making ideas are all around each and every one of us during our every day lives. Our failure to recognize and more importantly capitalize on the opportunities that are right in front of our noises is due to an inability to see the micro picture.

The macro picture that includes the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow can quickly become overwhelming as thoughts of supply chain management, clients, distributors, and billing systems rapidly become too much to oversee in our heads. Further review can lead to a frequent road block known as “analysis paralysis” where there are so many ideas being worked on and processed at once that our mental tolerance is essentially over loaded and the system is shut down due to hyperactivity in much the same way that a circuit breaker is tripped to prevent total electrical disaster.

The real secret to success in any business venture is to find a niche where there are minimal and preferably no competitors. This, my friends is the secret to making serious money. Can you make money in mainstream organizations by keeping your head down, working hard, and progressing up the corporate ladder over a lifetime? Sure you can. But there are so many easier ways to make anywhere from a comfortable living to an extraordinary amount of income and contrary to popular opinion achieving such fulfilling success does not require being the smartest person in a room full of smart people. The situation worth pursuing is the endeavor that only requires you to be someone of moderate intelligence competing in an industry otherwise dominated by peers with below average intelligence.

The broad notion of targeting business opportunities that are lower profile and subsequently less competitive is a dynamic idea that is often best capitalized on in the areas you would least expect. This article is titled after the little known business of selling vintage door hardware because this is an excellent example of finding opportunity in the most unusual of places. The vintage door hardware business is much like any business model. The idea is to buy low and sell high. There is demand for vintage door hardware wherever people are renovating existing homes or offices, building new homes or offices with a desired vintage look, or are repairing/replacing vintage hardware that for any number of reasons has been damaged.

Having now grasped the most basic concept (buy low, sell high) and armed with a greater understanding of the demand for the product the final question you should be asking yourself is how to get a hold of this limited resource in order to profit from reselling it to the end consumers identified in the earlier target market analysis. The answer to this question can be resolved in much the same way any business issue can – by being creative. There is money to be made in finding unique solutions for consistent problems.

The most popular place that vintage door hardware distributors acquire their product is at construction sites where existing structures are being demolished or completely redone. In many instances the door hardware may even be tossed aside as garbage free for the taking. This scenario quite literally sets up an occasion where one man’s trash is in fact another man’s treasure. In larger more metropolitan areas where there is actually some competition (albeit generally not the national best and brightest) vintage hardware distributors bid on projects whereby in exchange for an agreed upon compensation they will have the right to take over the discarded vintage door hardware resulting from a large scale rehab project. In this way the free market sets the going rate but it is no where near the efficient market that high profile commodities like oil trade on, this is the benefit of being in a business that does not attract top notch competition.

Why a Good Bartender Has the Skills to Be a Good Real Estate Agent

 

A few people do start their land vocations directly after secondary school or school, however most come to land in the wake of accomplishing something else. Some have resigned, and other are quite recently searching for a change of pace.

When composing specialist profiles I generally take a gander at those past professions to perceive how they can attach into land deals. Frequently past encounters can fortify the abilities that the specialist needs to underline.

Some past vocations make for a harder move than others. For example, teachers need to show themselves listening aptitudes following quite a while of being the one doing the talking. Then again, a great teacher has the right stuff to instruct purchasers and dealers about the truth of today’s market.

That is one aptitude that a barkeep won’t not have, but rather I think great barkeeps have the larger part of abilities required for an effective vocation in land.

My meaning of a decent barkeep is one who has a taking after – a man who is a “draw” for the foundation where they work. They can blend a decent drink, yet it’s their relationship building abilities that transform periodic clients into “regulars.”

So what abilities do barkeeps have that would make them be great land operators?

A decent barkeep knows how to tune in. Simply think about the time they burn through tuning in to their clients. And keeping in mind that they might not need to listen wholeheartedly to everybody, they have to give careful consideration to their regulars. Similarly as great land operators need to give careful consideration to their purchasers and dealers.

And after that they would be advised to have a decent memory. Not exclusively does he (or she, obviously!) need to recollect what every individual at the bar needs when they hold up a finger for another drink, he needs to recall what to set down before a consistent when they stroll in. And afterward, he needs to recollect what that individual accomplishes as a profession, the names of their youngsters, and so forth. Specialists need to recall the individual data alongside their customers’ needs and needs.

A decent barkeep regards what the client needs – he doesn’t attempt to propose that something else may do. As an operator, he presumably won’t demonstrate somebody a home on a bustling road on the off chance that they’ve determined needing to live on a calm parkway.

A decent barkeep can converse with individuals from all kinds of different backgrounds and treat them similarly. He should be non-judgmental and well disposed, in everything except the most outrageous cases. What’s more, when confronted with those extraordinary cases he needs to think and act rapidly without getting bothered. Great practice for managing the shocks purchasers and dealers some of the time spring on a specialist.

A decent barkeep knows how to keep classified data. Great barkeeps can’t be tattles. Would you be able to envision how quick they’d lose their taking after on the off chance that they began specifying that Mr. Smith came in for a drink with Miss Jones, or in the event that they said that a sales representative from X organization was included in a long discussion with the proprietor of Z organization? In land, keeping customer data private is an unquestionable requirement.

A decent barkeep needs to have human administration aptitudes. He should have the capacity to state “You’ve had enough” without transforming a client into a foe. That takes a touch of artfulness! This ability could make an interpretation of well into the artfulness that is required when customers request that a specialist do things that conflict with controls.

So – in case you’re a barkeep and thinking about a change, consider land. You have what it takes!

Are Homeschool Curriculum Packages Worth Using?

Have you ever imagined what it was like to homeschool in the early 1980s? Most families were forced to either make their own homeschool curriculum or choose from a handful of available Christian homeschool curriculum packages. Complete with workbooks for multiple subject areas and accompanying teacher’s guides, quizzes, and tests, homeschool curriculum packages helped parents feel confident in providing a comprehensive, rock-solid education. What’s more, the well-organized and structured lesson plan format made homeschooling more acceptable to questioning school officials and skeptical family members.

Times have changed, however, and today’s families enjoy society’s more accepted view on homeschooling, as well as hundreds, if not thousands, of homeschool curriculum options. From freebies on the Internet to curriculum companies offering preschool or single-course curriculum in math, reading, or science, homeschooling families have an abundance of resources to create a customized homeschool curriculum that perfectly matches their child’s learning style. With so much at their disposal, is there still a need for homeschoolers to continue using the classic homeschool curriculum package? You bet! Here are some reasons why:

Although time and technology have changed homeschooling, parents still experience the same self-doubts and insecurities when choosing homeschool curriculum for the first time. Unsure of their abilities to teach academics and how to start, first-time homeschooling parents can alleviate fears and find success using time-tested homeschool curriculum packages. Like the outline of a research paper, step-by-step teaching directions and easy-to-follow curriculum guides provide the foundation on which to build one’s teaching confidence. Eventually, homeschooling parents learn how their child learns best and feel secure to deviate from lesson plans and add creative supplemental resources to enrich their homeschooling day.

The expense of homeschool curriculum packages may seem like a detriment when choosing homeschool curriculum. However, families with more than one child should keep in mind that non-consumable curriculum, such as computer-based, CD-ROM curriculum, can actually save a family more money over the course of several years. In addition, most homeschool curriculum packages usually cost less than individually purchasing the core subjects of math, science, language arts, history and geography, and Bible. Plus, many top-name publishers make it easy to customize packaged curriculum. Receiving the same discounted pricing, parents can mix and match when a child needs a higher or lower grade level in a particular subject area.

Since the department of education in most states recognizes homeschool curriculum packages offered by major publishing companies, homeschooling parents can avoid the hassle of submitting scope and sequences or lesson plans, and they can meet other curriculum requirements for state homeschooling laws.

Children transitioning from a public or private school to a homeschooling environment will find it easier to adjust using homeschool curriculum packages. Replicating the traditional school model, the curriculum provides a more familiar learning approach.

Teaching with all-in-one homeschool curriculum packages also eliminates the concern homeschooling parents have in addressing learning gaps. Consistently using one curriculum ensures children are learning information that builds on itself in each subject area. Plus, parents find that many subjects within homeschool curriculum packages complement each other to provide a complete, comprehensive education.