Helpful Homeschooling Resources

  • Powerful Minds

    Objectivist Glenn Woiceshyn, with degrees in Engineering Science and Mechanical Engineering, became alarmed with the quality of education his (then) nine-year-old son was receiving, and began to homeschool him with two other fifth graders.

    He was dissatisfied with the basic materials available to him, and began to create his own, which are now available to other homeschoolers. They can be seen at his website.

    Strong Brains

    Andrew Layman, Objectivist from Microsoft, has designed a website with about 500 books covering the essentials of an education in the arts and sciences.
    The books are listed by topic (Sciences, Technologies, Arts) and by sequence from the most basic to the more specialized, and are of special interest to homeschooling parents and others interested in educating themselves or their children.


  • Schools of Interest to Objectivists

    VanDamme Academy

    Lisa VanDamme, former homeschooler and founder/Director of the VanDamme Academy of Laguna Hills, California, has published on educational matters in the Objective Standard and Capitalism Magazine, and has lectured at the Ayn Rand Institute.

    Montessori Schools

    The "Montessori Method" has been praised by Ayn Rand as epistemologically superior, and has been shown in many studies to live up to that praise. Maria Montessori, the first woman to graduate from an Italian medical school, originally designed her internationally famous program for youngsters between about three and six.

    There is a "caveat" here, however; Montessori considered her achievement to be a "gift to the children of the world," and did not protect the integrity of the method or the materials by copyright or patents. As a result, anyone without any training whatsoever can fraudulantly label his or her establishment as a "Montessori school."

    It is therefore very important when considering a Montessori school for a child to determine whether the teachers have been certified by a recognized Montessori organization such as the American Montessori Association, the International Montessori Association, etc.


  • Examining all ideas relevant to creating an America fulfilling the unkept promises of the Enlightenment. Focuses on current events, critical facts, and principles.
  • Auxilliary to Brushfires of Freedom.
  • Esthetic and cultural commentary auxiliary to Brushfires of Freedom and The New Enlightenment.
  • Companion website to blog "Brushfires of Freedom". In-depth analyses of global topics and trends as they impact the USA, philosophical issues of critical importance to matters such as the War with Islam, and the internal cultural rot of America. Publishes 4 - 6 times a year for new material. Some authors are not Objectivists, but all provide very valuable materials.
  • Eleanor offers materials concerning current events from all over the world, with her own unique take on these materials.
  • (Cubed). Focuses on principles and facts behind the present collapse of American education, particularly in the K - 12 range, and presents what might be and ought to be in schools, from an Objectivist orientation.

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April 02, 2007


Mark Alexander

A warm welcome to the blogsphere, Cubed!


Cubed good luck with your new blog-For several decades I lived and worked in that rattle-trap-clunker of an education system, and despaired during its decline into the junker it has become today.

My county educational TV system offers seminar by "experts" who are determined to lift American education up. Of course, they all must work within the framework of "No Child Left Behind" and "Accountability," creating and evaluating the standards and the testing programs to prove that students have met the standards, a analyze why they haven't.

The testing program hangs like a dead weight on the shoulders like a yoke on oxen, beats that are pressed into service to perform tasks under the uncompromising whip of the overseers.

Our system does need to be fixed up, but freedom from unions, predatory administrators, and accountability would do wounders.

Many was the time that I wanted to organize a picket line with placards reading: "Free the Madison 30." The Madison 30 were the colleagues with whom I worked in James Madison Middle School under slave-like conditions.

Performance is bad because teachers are demoralized. Teachers are demoralized because of poor working conditions, ineffective administration, belligerent and unruly students that refuse to "assimilate to the norms of adults running the school."

They refuse to assimilate because of many reasons. Schools don't like change. Much of what is taught is not relevant to real life.

The reality of students lives have changed, and the schools are scrambling to catch up with them, rather than being the lead, That put students in a position of power. Students with brains that literally "are under construction," and will be well into their 20s.

Parents have changed, students have changed, the world has changed, yet schools are slow on the uptake.

Hope springs eternal. Educators understand that they and their schools are in trouble and they are taking steps to improve: to weed out the bad apples, to improve instruction, curriculae, structure, and to do what it takes.



Thank you! This subject is something that has been gnawing at my innerds like the bird that was eating Prometheus' liver every night. I finally "caved" to my anger and anxiety and decided to address the issue in a blog devoted solely to it.


You are straight out of the foxhole, and the enemy is still entrenched just over the hill.

You have really named a lot of the most important causes and obstacles to a solution (unions, predatory administrators, lack of accountability, demoralized teachers) and I hope not only to add to the long list, but to discuss some solutions.

We face some very real short-range problems (Islam etc.) that we must deal with NOW, but if we hope to hold the line until we achieve victory, we must prepare our children to maintain and perfect the civilization provided for us by the Founders.


What about John Dewey's idea that children should be socialized at the expense of learning?

What about the numbing and chilling effects of political correctness?

What about the fact that children are forced to attend and taxpayers are forced subsidize? Does this not destroy any incentive that anyone might ever have to make an improvement? Does this not guarantee ever rising costs and ever-declining performance?



You are hitting many nails on the head, as I would expect you to; the seizure of our children's minds by the government is the premiere reason why we have all but hit bottom (truly, I think we will sink deeper if we don't get started on a course correction very soon).

Please hang in there - I feel a lot like a trial lawyer slowly building the case for separation of education and state! Boy, the evidence for why it is that government is such a big part of the problem, rather than the solution is pretty overwhelming!


I had once worked in a state college that trained engineers for the merchant marine. The college had a two week orientation (more affectionately called the indoctrination) that psyched the students for their first semester. One of the most painful things I’ve ever seen was the demoralization of freshman after the first few weeks when reality set in. The school was a disaster, the faculty was demoralized, the administration was completely out of touch, and the students were understandably cynical.

Today, here at work, we find very few American born candidates with appropriate math and computer skills. Most of our employees are foreign born. I actually give written tests during job interviews since degrees mean nothing. This worked fine until about two years ago.

The government has changed the immigration process to discourage hiring immigrants. I have to prove that our employee does the work that an American wouldn’t do regardless of salary. The only proof acceptable is showing that no one with the same degree would take the job. If a complete idiot from a diploma mill applies for the job and demands twice the pay, my employee doesn’t get immigration approval (or so our lawyers tell us).

Thus, we have a government that fails to educate and insists I hire the uneducated.



I'm sorry you've been caught up in the mess. It's getting harder and harder to do business.

Re: "...degrees mean nothing..." That's the truth! We have the same problem in medicine; up to the time I retired (I don't know what the current situation is) the only MDs that were accepted for practice here without having to be closely scrutinized were the Brits, Canadians, and Germans (I can't remember about the Aussies). During my residency, there were several foreigners, all of whom had been senior physicians in their homelands, and the standards of education in those countries is so dubious that they had to start over, with new internships and then residencies, and take all the exams (National Boards etc.). Of about 12, there was only one that I thought I would have been comfortable with as a patient.

Given the anti-business attitude of the bureaucrats/politicians, it doesn't surprise me that you have had so much trouble being able to hire the best people for the job, regardless of where the applicant came from. "Somehow," no matter how many obstacles the gov throws up, they figure the business will figure out a way to make things work.

Up here, Microsoft has about 26,000 employees at the Redmond campus, and you can't walk down the hall without running into a foreigner. I guess it takes something with the "pull" (to say nothing of the money) of a Microsoft to overcome the problem.

I have heard many high-tech companies complaining that they would have to decrease production if they couldn't hire foreigners, and Microsoft is one of them. In fact, one of the reasons they establish overseas satellites is because of the difficulty of getting enough qualified people into the country.

And re: the government's failure to educate - well, education for knowledge hasn't been the goal since the early 1900s, thanks to the likes of Freud and Dewey - but I'll be getting into that a little later!

Eeeeuuu! It pushes my button just to think about it!

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