as a former Navy
MTS (curriculum developer) I am extremely impressed with Khan Academy available for free online, originally started on youtube. The variety of lessons, quality of instruction, depth
of material and subject expertise is astounding. One could get the equivalent of an Ivy League caliber education in one on one lessons via computer for free. Bill Gates, Google
, and others have donated hundreds of millions to increase staff and resources for this project
You can download lessons for free via FLVto youtube downloader. One could use these in conjunction with another curriculum for maximum benefit.
commissioned studies on learning and found that people can learn in 3 different ways. Some can hear it and learn, some need to read it to learn, and some need to physically do it themselves in order to learn. Effective curriculum includes all 3 methods and tests on all 3.
I'm all in favor of home schooling, the public system has totally failed for many reasons beyond the need to discuss in this thread. One of the surprising things I've seen in the last 10 or 15 yrs is people's lack of understanding how things work, and how to repair them when they broke. I wish more parents would involve their children in maintenance
and repair of everything they work on. As a kid, my stepdad tossed all broken household items to me for repair and never bought me anything new if the old one was broken, either I fixed it myself or I paid for the replacement.
That's become invaluable in later yrs - a $6000 diesel
injector replacement at the dealer I'm going to do myself with factory new injectors, gaskets and seals
purchased for $1600. That's a significant savings of $4400. I just replaced the DLP chip in my 65" DLP TV. It started with a burned out bulb, replaced it myself with a $30 bulb. Then the DLP chip went out, $500 repair from the TV repair company. $180 for the chip, and installed it myself with Arctic Silver thermal paste for better heat transfer this morning in about 1.5 hrs, including cleaning
out the entire light engine
There are only 2 things I will not try to repair myself: an automatic trans (lacking the manuals
and tools) and wind
up watches: too many small parts
and springs. Everything else, especially electronics
, is fair game
and pretty easy.