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An invitation to resubscribe and to participate in a homeschooling survey

Wouldn’t it be a shame to miss out on “School” updates?  If you haven’t already done so, please re-subscribe to my blog at School of Smock’s new website: http://www.schoolofsmock.com And I wanted to tell you about a research project that I’ve just started.  With the incredibly generous assistance of several homeschooling moms, I’ve created a … Continue reading

About babies and toddlers / about kids / My writing

Is a Claim of “Brain-Based” Enough? How Parents Can Tell “Good” Science From “Bad”

How many times have you seen a toy for your kid or come across an ad for a learning program that claims to be “research-based” or “brain-based”? New parents hear that Baby Einstein products may actually do more harm than good.  But we’re still inundated with products that claim to stimulate brain development.  Or boost … Continue reading

About babies and toddlers / about kids / What to read now

Guest Post: The Great Parental Stabilizer of Music

Today I have my first guest post.  I asked my good friend, fellow doctoral student, talented teacher and administrator, and wonderful writer, Wendy Heckert, if I could re-post her story about her son.  Wendy’s research is about the relationships between students and teachers, and I think this piece beautifully conveys her belief in the power … Continue reading

Why researchers and educators might not “get” how parents make educational choices
about kids / About schools

Why researchers and educators might not “get” how parents make educational choices

First, I want to thank all the homeschooling parents who have participated in the discussion on this blog and on Facebook about my thoughts on homeschooling.  I’ve learned so much from you.  There should be so many more discussions like this one between parents, educators, and those involved in research in education.  Many, many more. … Continue reading