Beyond Labels

A 360° Discussion of Foreign, National and Local Policy Issues

Notes 3 April 2017

Progressive education

Tax plans for School Choice in Congress

Requirements for Home Schooling in Maine

Maine Charter Schools: 10 schools authorized

Testing – A statement of assurance that indicates that the home instruction program will include an annual assessment of the student’s academic progress using one of the types of assessment in accordance with existing regulations. To include:

i. a standardized achievement test; or

ii. a test developed by the school officials of the administrative unit in which the student resides; or

iii. a review and acceptance of the student’s progress by an identified individual who holds a current Maine teacher’s certificate; or

iv. a review and acceptance of the student’s progress based on, but not limited to, a presentation of an educational portfolio of the student to a local area homeschooling support group whose membership for this purpose includes a currently certified Maine teach or administrator; or

v. a review and acceptance of the student’s progress by a local advisory board selected by the superintendent of the administrative unit in which the student resides.

Review of taking the GED. TL;DR it is HARD

Link to a practice exam. 1169 page PDF.

New York Times interactive display of School Outcomes

Earlier post on the topic, here

Resources for comparing schools:

Here and


Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.
This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. The cost of one modern heavy bomber is this: a modern brick school in more than 30 cities. It is two electric power plants, each serving a town of 60,000 population. It is two fine, fully equipped hospitals. It is some fifty miles of concrete pavement. We pay for a single fighter with a half-million bushels of wheat. We pay for a single destroyer with new homes that could have housed more than 8,000 people. . . . This is not a way of life at all, in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron.[1][5]

Elon Musk’s Home School — and here

Spending on education vs GDP

United States GDP on education 5.6% Finland 6.8% Wikipedia here

Battle Hymn of of the Tiger Mother

Managing Student Growth

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