Extracurricular Participation and Student Engagement

Recent research suggests that participation in extracurricular activities may increase students’ sense of engagement or attachment to their school, and thereby decrease the likelihood of school failure and dropping out (Lamborn et al, 1992; Finn, 1993). If, indeed, participation in extracurricular activities can lead to success in school, then the availability of these activities to students of all backgrounds becomes an important equity issue.

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Out-of-School Activities Play Crucial, Positive Role for Kids

When the school bell rings, do America’s middle and high school students turn into slackers and couch potatoes? Not according to a new national survey which found that 79% of America’s middle and high school students regularly participate in activities both after school and on weekends and 57% have some kind of non-school activity nearly every day. The vast majority of the students surveyed by the nonpartisan opinion research organization Public Agenda indicate that activities ranging from sports to art and music to church programs play a crucial and positive role in their lives.

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Stuck At Home?

You limit your homeschool experience when you make class exclusive to your home. Homeschooling can offer your students a myriad of educational life experiences, right outside your door. Here’s how…

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Know Your Child’s Learning Type

Most of us have a natural way of picking up new info — we learn best either by listening, looking, or doing. Once you know your child’s learning personality, you can understand how their brain works best. Then, play to their strengths in order to maximize school potential.

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What You Need to Know About Standardized Testing

Since No Child Left Behind in 2001, standardized testing has become increasingly excessive in our school system. The high stakes and high costs have parents and educators wondering if we’re focused too much on testing and not enough on teaching. In 2011, a cheating scandal was exposed involving 178 Atlanta Public Schools’ teachers and principals. While admittedly one of the largest, it was not the first nor the last in response to the increasing pressure placed on schools by standardized tests. So…to test, or not to test? That is the question.

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Homeschooling By the Numbers

Across the United States homeschooling has been overlooked and underrated by many. Diving deeper into student performance and the environments of homeschooling households, it is clear that homeschoolers have risen to the occasion and met the expectations of recruiting Universities and American workforce.

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How American Homeschoolers Measure Up

Once upon a time, all children were homeschooled. But around 150 years ago states started making public school mandatory and homeschooling eventually became illegal. It wasn’t until the 90’s that all states made it legal again. Today, with more than 2 million homeschoolers making up 4% of the school-aged population, it’s the fastest growing form of education in the country.

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