The Freeware Hall Of Fame

Home Schooling

Home schooling is a growing industry and low-cost computer software is a growing part of it. The Freeware Hall of Fame searches for educational programs of use to home schoolers.

The FreeHOF sysop owned a very successful Montessori school in the 1970s and has an interest in education. We know home schoolers are in this movement for a variety of reasons. We don't agree with all those goals but that doesn't matter. Our goal is to see that home schoolers get the best schooling possible.

Home schooling is a fact of our times and the better education it provides, the better for us all.

Programs specific to education found on FreeHOF are in Directories 11 (freeware) and 12 (shareware.) We welcome suggestions of other useful, low-cost, education programs.

When home schooling is done right it can be a wonderful means to education.

Q: In a good home school, how does a home schooler change a light bulb?

A: First mom checks three books on electricity out of the library. Then the kids make models of light bulbs, read a biography of Thomas Edison, and do a skit based on his life. Edison held over 1,000 patents, not all obtained fairly. He was a greedy man and not every idea he patented was his own. Good home schooling teaches (with specific examples!) that even brilliant men have human foibles.

Next everyone studies the history of lighting methods including dipping their own candles.

Then everyone takes a trip to the store where they compare types of light bulbs as well as prices, and figure out how much change they'll get if they buy two bulbs for $1.99 and pay with a five dollar bill. On the way home, a discussion develops over the history of money and also Abraham Lincoln, as his picture is on the five dollar bill.

Finally, after building a home-made ladder out of branches dragged from the woods, the light bulb is installed.

And there is light.

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