If you are poor now, you will be poor later; school does not get kids out of poverty. One reason we know this to be true is that schools systematically move poor kids from the classroom to the jail cell. But the other barrier to lifting kids out of poverty is that rich kids score high and poor kids score low, and this doesn’t change if you put a rich kid in a poor-kid school or vice versa. Read more
This is a guest post from Kim Bain. She has three children.
I suck at budgeting and finances but I do know this: sending kids to school has costs. I’m not just talking about field trip money and new-Jordan’s-to-impress-the-ladies type costs.
This is a guest post from Sarah Faulkner. She is a homeschooling mom in Washington state. She has five kids, ages 13, 11, 9, 5, and 2. That’s Sarah and her husband in the photo.
I don’t think homeschooling has made me poor, but it depends on who you ask. For some strange reason I seem to have people in my life who feel like they must tell me how to live my life. Over and over. You would think after 9 years of homeschooling they would realize I’m not going to listen to them. It always makes me wonder the intelligence I am speaking to when they lecture yet again. Seriously, do you just not know me? Why do you not shut up?
I’m going to go ahead and confess: we use food stamps.
It’s not fun living right above the poverty line. I’m ashamed that we can’t afford our basic needs. I’m tired of not having a phone and cutting my own hair and making all our meals at home. I’m tired of carefully asking the grandparents at Christmas if, instead of buying new toys, they’d help us pay for Phoebe’s ballet lessons. Read more
You know all those ads that say “Make $2000 a month from home!” They are not lying, but it’s a minimum wage job doing work on the phone that requires almost no skill except to sound like you live in the US.
Which is to say those jobs are terrible. Read more
It’s common for parents to say they have chosen to give up income when they began homeschooling.
I disagree—there is really no lost income, and here’s why: Read more
I hired my editor seven years ago when he sent an email out of the blue saying that he loves my blog and he’d like to edit my posts. I needed an editor. I was used to having an editor for everything I wrote and I couldn’t imagine writing without an editor on my blog. Read more
My youngest son loves a good shopping trip. Clothes. That’s his sweet spot. Shoes in a pinch. So when I’m at a loss as to how we will spend all the extra time we have in between cello lessons, I think, well, we can shop. Read more