April 2005 Letter From Home


Issue:  No. 92


Covenant Home Curriculum Newsletter








April 2005 


 In This Issue:

 CHC News:

 CHC Profiles:

CHC News –

• Laureate Award Winner

• Harlow’s Letter to the Editor

• An Anecdotal Aside

• Coupon Deadline Coming Soon

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 CHC Profiles –

• David Schutz






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Our Newest Covenant Laureate:  David Schutz 

by Mrs. Ruth Green (CHC Grade Auditor)    

     I'd like to nominate David Schutz for a laureate award for his paper on  Dostoevsky's Crime & Punishment. This is an ambitious book, and David wisely focused his paper on the development of the character of Raskolnikov. He carefully explored Raskolnikov's motives, examined his character, and analyzed his change and conversion, suggesting the significant influences in that process. Furthermore, David provided an insightful assessment of the novel's message. He used plot points only to illustrate his interpretation of Raskolnikov's character. This paper was interesting to read, demonstrated an appreciation for the multiple levels of classic literary fiction, and was polished in its style and presentation.    

(David was nominated by his grade auditor, Ruth Green, and on April 4, 2005, received his award from the Covenant Home Staff.)

A Little About David Schutz

David has been homeschooled since first grade and joined Covenant Home in 2003 for his high school years. 

He is totally fluent in Hebrew and speaks with a beautiful Israeli accent.  David began swimming at age eight on the YMCA team.  He currently practices six days a week for about three hours each time, which varies with the season.  He just returned from the Israeli winter national championships, a four-day event, with two gold medals, a silver and a bronze (all for his age group).

David has studied classical piano, guitar and plays the drums.  He is appreciated as a musician who can flow with proficiency on these instruments, especially keyboard, with or without written music.

Showing a distinct interest in journalism, David is considering attending Patrick Henry College in the Washington D.C. area where an apprenticeship program is offered.

The Schutz family lives in central Jerusalem, a stone’s throw from the Prime Minister’s residence and about a half mile from the historic Old City,  where David was born in 1989.































An Anecdotal Aside

Also from the Harlow family ...

We were talking about you [Dale Dykema, of Covenant Home Curriculum] at lunch the other day, writes Heidi.  I always read to the children while they eat, and currently we are reading The Yearling.  As I finished the chapter, my daughter Erika said, "Well, if Mr. Dykema was writing a reader's guide on this book, he would have asked what the significance of the potato being thrown was" (from Ch. 11, The Yearling, when mannerly Jody throws a potato at his cousin for no apparent reason).  So then I asked Erika what Mr. Dykema's answer would have been.  Her answer was sound and, it was encouraging because it showed me that she was thinking analytically.

For more about Covenant Home's Readers Guideshttp://www.covenanthome.com/catalog/72

Heidi Harlow’s Outstanding Letter To The Editor

Homeschooling:  The kids are alright

by Heidi Harlow

     In her Feb. 8 commentary on homeschooling Margaret Boyce [urged] people to contact their representatives and "see if better protection for children can be passed." Ms. Boyce further [asserted] that "most states do monitor these families and also supervise the curriculum and test students periodically."

An honest review of the facts, however, leads to the conclusion that government regulation of homeschool educators would be a waste of taxpayer money.

     Fact: Currently, there are only 16 states that supervise homeschool curriculum, make home visits, and periodically test homeschool students.

     Fact: Homeschool students outscore public school students by 30 to 37 percentile points on standard achievement test scores.

     Fact: Many homeschool educators regularly test their students at their own expense.

     Fact: Studies reveal no difference in test scores regardless of the varying amounts of state regulation.

     Fact: Research from individual state education departments (Tennessee, Alaska, Oregon, North Carolina, Arkansas, Arizona, Nebraska) show similar findings (see www.hslda.org).

     Fact: Michigan legislators are already burdened with state budget woes and public school needs and demands.

     Ms. Boyce considers it a shame that homeschooled students are not able to participate in drama, debate, athletics and more. She is evidently unaware that opportunities abound for homeschoolers in music, debate, performing arts, athletics, science classes, chess tournaments, dance, geography, spelling bees and more. Because of the nature of homeschooling, children growing up in this type of setting have incredible opportunities for personal as well as academic achievements.

     Finally, the link that Ms. Boyce alleges between homeschooling and child abuse is highly offensive. Child abuse is horrible. Having worked with a California county's sexual abuse team as a young adult, I am all too familiar with the horrific nature of these crimes. But to single out one homeschooled child who has been abused, while glossing over the thousands of children in the public school system who are in the same situation is completely unbalanced logic. Generally, homeschooled children have doctors and teachers (Sunday school, music, etc.) who care about them and would notice if something were terribly wrong.

     She ends her commentary stating that "all children deserve an opportunity in a safe environment with their own peers," insinuating that this is typical of public schools. Ms. Boyce, who are you kidding?

     Homeschooling is not the best choice for every family, as it takes an enormous amount of time, energy, and self-sacrifice. For the benefit of those who choose public education, Ms. Boyce should spend her time, energy and taxpayer money making the public system an institution of excellence.

reprinted from Holland Sentinel, Saturday, March 5, 2005

(Mrs. Harlow is a mother of six who homeschools five of her children with Covenant Home Curriculum.  They have been with Covenant Home since 1995.)

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