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Better than Good Enough
Volume 95, Program 24
2/25/2010
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Do your children settle for less, or do they try their best? With a little diligence now, your children can reap a great reward later in life. Today on Home School Heartbeat, host Mike Farris discusses how homeschool parents can teach their children to strive for excellence.

Mike Farris:
Too many in our society have forgotten how to be excellent. We are satisfied with being “good enough.” When we were in school the prevailing practice was to produce “acceptable” papers. Now the prevailing attitude on the job is to produce “acceptable” goods and “acceptable” services.

We need to go beyond being “good enough” in home education. Our children should learn to read, understand, critique, and judge literature.

Our children should be able to write well. And it would be quite an accomplishment these days if they’re just able to write clear prose. But we should go beyond. We should teach our children to write logically and persuasively

Our children should master basic math and be able to understand and perform some advanced math. Geometry and algebra courses are excellent methods for teaching logic and reasoning. Logic, orderly thinking, and reasoning skills are important in many fields outside of the traditional careers associated with math.

We need to provide the best available instruction in history and geography. Rather than drowning our children in the academically meaningless and morally damaging world of “multiculturalism,” we should be teaching our children to thoroughly know the history and philosophies of the men who have stood for liberty throughout the ages. I’m Mike Farris.


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