Category Archives: HS101

December 13th, 2020 by 
Eclectic Academic Homeschooling by Blair Lee, M.S. One question we get fairly often is: Is SEA (Secular, Eclectic Academic Homeschooling) an Unschooler group or a rigor group? This isn’t an easy question to answer without a specific definition for unschooler. Unschoolers can range in approach from radical unschooler to a child/student-led approach that many radical unschoolers do not consider unschooling. SEA Homeschoolers is an Eclectic Academic Homeschooling Group Instead of focusing on the unschooling/unschooler aspect of this question, I will rewrite it to ask: Is SEA (Secular, Eclectic, Academic) Homeschoolers an academic group or not? That is an easy question …
November 20th, 2020 by 
Renaissance of a Handcrafted Education. From the time I was pregnant with my son Sean until he was a toddler, if you had asked me what I wanted him to be when he grew up, I would have told you I wanted him to be a Renaissance man. To me, the term Renaissance man means a person (male or female) who has a deep and nuanced knowledge over a broad range of fields. It refers to a person who is literate and can express oneself through writing, speaking, or both; a person who is a creative thinker; someone who is …
November 1st, 2020 by 
The Benefits of Homeschooling By Blair Lee, A Voice from the Middle There is a revolution going on right now in education. It’s called homeschooling. I am part of a fringe group in this revolution. You don’t hear a lot from us, but there is a group of homeschoolers who consider our style to be secular eclectic academic homeschooling. You don’t hear from us because on the one hand we are the unloved mongrels of the homeschooling community so we keep a low profile, and on the other hand we are too busy figuring out how to best facilitate our …
September 7th, 2020 by 

Vetting secular science curriculum can be overwhelming and frustrating, but here are 10 tips that you can use to make sure your curriculum is secular.

October 5th, 2019 by 
Why Neutral Science Isn't Neutral by Blair Lee Are there any science types reading this title wondering who I am? Or do you know who I am and think I've finally lost it? I am not talking about science as it is practiced and taught at most universities throughout the United States. I'm talking about the special brand of “neutral science" found in the homeschool community and increasingly in public schools in the United States. The neutral science I'm referring to is science that suffers from omission. These are middle and high school level science courses that leave out the …
November 2nd, 2016 by 
What Constitutes Secular Academic Materials Science Secular science curricula and programs should present the accepted facts, principles, models, and theories explaining how the natural and physical world works as recommended by a majority of practicing experts in that area of science. Science curricula and programs should not exclude or misrepresent scientific facts, principles, models, or theories that are considered core ideas in the field. Science curricula and programs should not: • minimize, misrepresent, or omit accepted scientific facts, principles, models, or theories • incorporate religious philosophy into the curriculum or program • politicize science issues in a way that misrepresents …