Email Newsletter Archive

Update on the Harvard Anti-Homeschool Vendetta

Happy Friday everyone! I wanted to shoot an email out before we head into the weekend to let you know about an awesome development in the ongoing Harvard anti-school choice drama. If you remember, Harvard law professor Elizabeth Bartholet sent incredulous waves through the homeschool and education-choice communities last month when she suggested that homeschool could be dangerous and that a presumptive ban should be placed on it as a supposed protection to children. Bartholet said, “From the beginning of compulsory education in this country, we have thought of the government as having some right to educate children so that they become active, productive participants in the larger society.” She continued, “But it’s also important that children grow up exposed to community values, social values, democratic values, ideas about nondiscrimination and tolerance of other people’s viewpoints,” She pulls no punches when she asserts that homeschool poses a risk to the

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Calling All Entrepreneurs… !

Happy Friday! Did you see the new employment numbers today? There’s some pretty encouraging data—although I share the sentiments of others when I say that we should never have had to wait so long and watch things get so bad before we saw this turn for the better. One commentator said it well: “I don’t know whether to be happy or furious about this jobs report. To me it is absolute proof that this whole nightmare of the last three months was utterly pointless—a ghastly intervention imposed via violence. Now we have a bit of freedom and look what freedom can do.” I was talking with my kids the other day about the effect that these lockdowns have had on small businesses. Did you know that just in the state of New York more than 100,000 businesses have been forced into permanent closure because of the COVID-19 related lockdowns? Governor

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The Common Enemy of Us all is Collectivism

I hope this note finds everyone healthy and safe. (I wish I could add “free” to the list, but…) I thought that this week I’d be writing about the continuing trend that we are seeing in parents surveyed saying that they’re seriously considering homeschooling when the lockdowns end, or maybe about how The Tuttle Twins and the Road to Surfdom is a great read for a family taking a beach vacation. I’d jotted down thoughts on what we had learned over the last several months, and how we could try to avoid making some of the same mistakes the next time something new and unexpected gave us all a scare, and thought maybe I’d talk about that. But then—in what we are all beginning to simply accept as “2020”—the world was thrown into commotion again in the past few days, and we once more have serious and important things to

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30 Million People Unemployed? No Problem! They Can Rebuild Minneapolis!

The idea that a city being burned and looted (like has been happening in Minneapolis) could be an economic blessing sounds ridiculous—right? And yet it’s precisely the thing that John Maynard Keynes and those of his ilk would say in regards to current events in the United States. In fact, politicians and bad economists have been repeating the same tired message for so long that even Frédéric Bastiat took pen to paper, all the way back in 1850, to refute it with his essay That Which is Seen and That Which is Not Seen which included his famous parable of The Broken Window. Here’s the story (very much worth reading!): Have you ever witnessed the anger of the good shopkeeper, James B., when his careless son happened to break a square of glass? If you have been present at such a scene, you will most assuredly bear witness to the

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We Should Reject a “New Normal” But We Can Still Choose to Leave Some Things Behind

Happy Wednesday! Summer is rapidly approaching, and with it comes at least a semi-return to normal for a lot of families. Some states are opening up, and some are still locked up tight, but the end of the school year—even this school year—still stands as a transition to something that at least resembles life the way we remember it pre-COVID-19. I’ve talked about it several times now, and I see others talking about it as well, but I want to reiterate that I will not be using the term “new normal” to describe post-COVID-19 life. As far as I can see, there is no reason that we can’t assume a perfectly normal “normal” again. I’m encouraged to see studies that give credence to the idea of this virus not being as contagious as we had once feared, and also being far less deadly for the majority of healthy people than

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Maybe it’s Time to Make Some Hard Choices About Education

Have you seen this?! Yesterday I came across a post on Facebook that listed out all the “precautions” that the CDC is recommending schools implement before reopening. I’m not going to lie… I assumed that it was exaggerated, or that someone had taken some liberties with it or maybe just had bad information to base it on, so I started poking around on the CDC website in the hopes of finding some source info. And yeah—it’s actually this bad. This is an accurate (albeit simplified) representation of what the CDC thinks should be done in order for schools to reopen this fall. Apparently in the last couple of days, the CDC quietly published a whole lot of information detailing their vision for a phased reopening of the United States. The document is about sixty pages long, with the information about schools beginning on page forty. It’s worth taking the time

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