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Things Worth Observing

Happy Monday! Let’s take a break from all the gloom and doom, shall we? One of our readers—a follower on Instagram—posted this on her page: There is a lot going on in our world right now. Our children can feel the shifts, they overhear our conversations, and now they can also see physical differences. All of that can feel a little scary for them, just like it is for us. But knowledge is power and right now, it can also be comfort. This is why we have a new addition to our weekly rhythm that our kiddos LOVE! Tuttle Twins Tuesday! The Tuttle Twins books are such a fun way to introduce and start discussions about big topics like government, rights, the economy, education, and so much more. This is reading like an ad, but we just love them! I know other families like ours will find them helpful right

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Hiding from Hobgoblins

I shared some thoughts on my Facebook page the other day that I think are worth repeating here, so bear with me if you already saw this.  😉 Ben Franklin was spot on when he said: “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” These words are often misquoted so let’s break it down quick: He was talking about essential liberty—enduring principles, due process, and fundamental rights. And the issue isn’t long-term safety and stability—where one might concede to some basic regulations of one’s rights—but rather an exchange of liberty in return for “a little temporary” safety. It’s expediency—a surrendering of something enduring, traded for (supposed) safety in the short-term due to a perceived threat. So basically, we freak out in response to something, and then support the strong-arm tactics laid out as The Way to Fix The Problem. We

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So What Should We Do?

It seems that we are all looking for answers right now. I’ve been getting emails and messages every day lately with people asking me what I think the solution is, or what I think we should be doing about the continued shutdown of our nation. Some people are calling for a march in every community on government offices to demand that the country open back up. Some people think the reason the “official” projections of deaths are being halved again and again is because this lockdown is working, and we just need to stay the course—regardless of secondary effects of prolonged economic shut down and personal mental health concerns. I’ve seen some people who once supported the Stay Home Orders change their minds and now acknowledge that the “cure” could very well be worse than the disease. Even within our Tuttle Twins readership I see opinions across a broad spectrum

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Update: The Anti-Education Choice Agenda is Alive and Well

Happy Wednesday! I figure we are all a little COVID-19’d out right now, so I thought I’d take a minute and remind you that while the world debates the best way to manage pandemics (by the way… have you checked out Sweden?), the pre-COVID agendas are still alive and well—and the attempts to limit our liberties and choices are still very much rolling forward. Check this out and tell me if it doesn’t give you the creeps: We will convene leaders in education and child welfare policy, legislators and legislative staff, academics and policy advocates, to discuss child rights in connection with homeschooling in the United States. The focus will be on problems of educational deprivation and child maltreatment that too often occur under the guise of homeschooling, in a legal environment of minimal or no oversight. Experts will lead conversations about the available empirical evidence, the current regulatory environment,

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It’s Time to Replace Fear with The Golden Rule

What a week. How is everyone holding up? I want to talk about something that’s been on my mind the last few days and that applies to each of us regardless of which charts or statistics or projections we choose to believe, and regardless of how the measures taken by governments—local, state, and federal—are affecting us. I’m seeing something that I find concerning and I suspect that others may be keying into it as well: people are consumed with fear and it’s changing the way they think and reason and interact with others. Somehow, in the space of just a few weeks, many people have gone from relatively respectful of the choices that others make in regards to how they live their lives and the choices they make for their families, to clogging police call lines with reports of neighbors not practicing the right kind of “social distancing.” We are

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The Sadly Prophetic Relevance of Our New Book

Happy Monday! I’m writing to you, once again, from my home office. I’m guessing you’re reading this, once again, from your home as well. What a time to be alive! I figure that you might be getting sick of hearing the same old voices, so I thought I’d give you a chance to hear from the illustrator of the Tuttle Twins books, Elijah Stanfield, for a change. Elijah recently posted something on Facebook that I think is worthy of sharing to an even larger audience. He said: I was concerned that the latest Tuttle Twins book was too full of economic principles. It is so loaded with knowledge that each page could start a discussion that could last days. (By the way, we’ve developed a homeschool curriculum that facilitates those discussions.) But just a couple of weeks since being printed, the choice to create this book now feels prophetic with

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