I believe we have a dominant design for modern education. I’m a home school dad, but my roots are in public education (my undergraduate work is in secondary English education). But the lines have blurred quite a bit in today’s educational market. Home education, charter education, private education, online education, and public education all are trying to embrace the best educational model for growing kids.
One of the more enjoyable tasks of my publishing cycle is choosing a picture for the covers of the Monument Publishing Sourcebooks. Allow me to introduce to you the debate pictures—each with a little story of its own—and a request to help me find another picture.
Washington State University debate students went into Coyote Ridge Corrections Center and taught these prisoners parli debate. EVERY DEBATER I KNOW should watch and share this video and realize the power of the activity that they are trained.
“The walls that keep us out also keep people from coming in…Maybe breaking down those walls, allowing ideas to flow back and forth, not punishing them by denying their own humanity to be able to converse. Being tough on crime cannot just mean that we lock people away for 10, 20 or 30 years, it has to mean that we take responsibility for the fact that they are coming back to our communities.”
I sent my highly gifted and talented son Micah to South Carolina to work on his cousin’s farm. My other sons are likely to follow later. Why? Largely because of a question we’ve been asking of our children lately whenever they speak of how great life is in their young and comfortable home: “So what?”
I took an Excursion full of Jeubs to a homeschool graduation party last night. Six students were graduating — all speech and debate students — several Training Minds alumni. Over a hundred people assembled on a ranch and, despite some hefty rain, we all enjoyed the celebration of these young people graduating from high school.
The new cover to the 2015 Silver Book exemplifies much of what homeschool competitive speech is about. Here’s the picture:
I had an absolute blast at the Stoa National Invitational Tournament of Champions (NITOC). Though my family didn’t compete this year, I flew to Greenville, South Carolina to join the festivities as a vendor and businessman. The tournament’s champions will be joining me on many of my endeavors. Let me explain.