The Trivium: Grammar, Logic, and Rhetoric Dave Mallinak is Pastor of the Berean Baptist Church in Ogden and Superintendent of their Christian private school. Their school utilizes what is called the Trivium which is a classical education tool that emphasizes the grammar, logic, and rhetoric of each subject. As students learn to master these tools […]

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Image by QuoteFancy By John Taylor Gatto 09 February, 2010 Yes Magazine More and more people across America are waking up to the mismatch between what is taught in schools and what common sense tells us we need to know. What can you do about it? Nobody gives you an education. If you want one, you […]

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This is meant to be a more comprehensive (ie. longer) document explaining the notion of rights in education. Approximate reading times: Part 1 & 2: Executive Summary and Essay (6-10 minutes) Part 3: Answering Arguments (7-11 minutes) Part 1: Executive Summary Education does not rise to the level of a basic human right. The value […]

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The Two Secret Keys to Happy Learners – What Scientists Know and Policy Makers Won’t Let Teachers Do. The brain is the new frontier. Modern educational theorists spend most of their time delving into the inner workings of the brain. With the invention of the FMRI they are able to look at the chemistry of […]

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Real Education vs. Education Fads Multiple sources find that the latest fads in education are not substantiated with evidence.  We like to hear certain things like ‘greater depth of understanding’ or ‘critical thinking’ or ‘grit.’  But how many of these nice-sounding ideas are based in evidence and research?  How do they compare with some of […]

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In this podcast I talk with Dean Sessions, the founder of the Universal Model of science (which turns long established science on its head). This enormous project has taken 27 years to complete and crosses all the sciences. Three volumes totaling over 2,000 pages are in the works and volume one was just recently released. It […]

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This is a follow up podcast interview I did with Kathryn Spencer after her 2016 ABE conference presentation. There were a lot of questions people had about this school model and her presentation at the conference mostly addressed the character building aspects of the school so that anyone including homeschoolers could see the foundational traits […]

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The strongest leverage point in the education of our youth is to build up their parents! Education systems that attempt to “overcome” the influence of the family are common place and detrimental to society! The family unit is taking a beating on all sides. It’s time to not only “Defend the Family” but to educate […]

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Issues with Competency Based Education Promoted as a way to leverage technology so students can move at their own pace and enjoy a more personalized education, competency based education sounds like a trend that should be compatible with Agency-Based Education. In the context of nationally aligned standards, assessments and data profiling however, the hype of […]

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Josh Daniels spoke at our 2016 Agency-Based Education conference on the topic of Criminalizing Absence, the Injustice of Compulsory Education and Truancy Laws. This is one of the critical issues of our time. As babies and young children, we are largely dependent on someone else for our life and sustenance. When children grow from youth […]

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