Trivium Pursuit

Gary North and Ron Paul explore the benefits of homeschooling

November 15th, 2019

Homeschooling may not work for everybody, but the remarkable Ron Paul Homeschool Curriculum, explained here by Dr. Gary North, has amassed an incredible track record guiding young people to academic success in just a few short years. Feeling that something is really wrong with the state school system? You won’t want to miss this edition of the Ron Paul Liberty Report!


Homeschooling Benefits
by Ron Paul

For newcomers to homeschooling, my interview with Dr. Gary North will prove useful. The interview took place in early October.

Here, Dr. North and I explore the benefits of homeschooling.

Dr. North put together the Ron Paul Curriculum, beginning in 2013. He produced the four high school literature courses, the American history course, the economics course, the business I course, and half the course on government, for a total of 1,250 lessons. He was busy.

I released this video on my Liberty Report earlier this week. I hope my viewers with children in public schools make the transition. (aff link)


Make no mention

November 15th, 2019

Joshua 23:7 …and lest you go among these nations, these who remain among you. You shall not make mention of the name of their gods, nor cause anyone to swear by them; you shall not serve them nor bow down to them…

Numbers 33:52 …then you shall drive out all the inhabitants of the land from before you, destroy all their engraved stones, destroy all their molded images, and demolish all their high places…


A Brilliant Propagandist

November 15th, 2019

“The most brilliant propagandist technique will yield no success unless one fundamental principle is borne in mind constantly and with unflagging attention. It must confine itself to a few points and repeat them over and over. Here, as so often in this world, persistence is the first and most important requirement for success.”

–from “War Propaganda,” in volume 1, chapter 6 of Mein Kampf (1925) by Adolf Hitler


Selling books from my library

November 15th, 2019

The Nelson Study Bible NKJV
Black, Bonded Leather, Gilded Gold Page Edges
Brand new, never used, still in box
ISBN 0785207082
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Identifying and Harvesting Edible and Medicinal Plants in Wild (and Not So Wild) Places
by Steve Brill
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The Archer’s and Bowhunter’s Bible
by H.Lea Lawrence
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pb, good condition
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Why Johnny Can’t Tell Right from Wrong: Moral Illiteracy and the Case for Character Education
by William Kilpatrick
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Thirty Days to Better English: Learn to Speak and Write More Effectively–in Only Fifteen Minutes a Day!
by Norman Lewis
pb, in good condition
ISBN 978-0451161918
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Ten Philosophical Mistakes
by Mortimer J. Adler
pb, in good condition
ISBN 9780684818689
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Joe’s Book of Mushroom Cookery
by Jack Czarnecki
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Tao of Jeet Kune Do by Bruce Lee
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Brown’s Lawsuit Cookbook — How to Sue and Win
by Michael H. Brown
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by John Caldwell
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The Art of War by Sun Tzu
translated by Samuel B. Griffith
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Investing for the Future by Larry Burkett
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Become the Arrow — The Art of Modern Barebow Shooting
by Byron Ferguson and Glenn Helgeland
pb, good condition
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Tesla: Man Out of Time by Margaret Cheney
hb with dust jacket, very good condition
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The Random House College Dictionary, revised edition
hb, very good condition
ISBN 0394436008
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The New Roget’s Thesaurus in Dictionary Form
edited by Norman Lewis
hb, very good condition
1964 edition
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The First Book Atlas
by the editors and cartographers of C.S.Hammond & Company
hb, good condition
ex lib
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The Anabasis, or the Expedition of Cyrus
Literally translated from the Greek of Xenophon by Rev. J. S. Watson
The Students’ Literal Translations
hb good condition
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St. Elmo, or, Saved at Last by Augusta Jane Evans
first published 1866
new edition by Seven Stars
very good condition
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Time-Honored Norwegian Recipes Adapted to the American Kitchen by Xan and Marstrander
plastic-comb bound
82 pages
good condition
published by Norwegian-American Museum, Deborah, Iowa, 1974
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Scandinavian Christmas Traditions by Daniel B. Nystrom
plastic-comb bound
A Twin Rainbow Press Publication, 1987
32 pages
good condition
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University of Chicago Readings in Western Civilization
#3 The Church in the Roman Empire
Edited by Karl F. Morrison
good condition
ISBN 0226069397
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University of Chicago Readings in Western Civilization
#2 Rome, Late Republic and Principate
Edited by Walter Emil Kaegi, Jr. and Peter White
good condition
ISBN 0226069370
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Readings in European History: A collection of extracts from the sources chosen with the purpose of illustrating the progress of culture in Western Europe since the German Invasions
by James Harvey Robinson
Primary sources from the Barbarian Invasions to early Twentieth Century
published 1906
tight binding
good condition
$12 with free U.S. media mail shipping


Stories of Famous Ships by Frank Knight
illustrated by Will Nickless
published 1966
tight binding
good condition
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Little Journeys to the Homes of American Statesmen
by Elbert Hubbard
richly illustrated with black and white plates
published 1898
binding loose
fair condition
$10 with free U.S. media mail shipping


Antique school primer
The First Step to Learning antique school primer
London: Yorkshire J.S. Publishing and Stationery Co. Limited; Agents: DEAN & SON, 11, Ludgate-hill, Wholesale Warehouse — Otley, Yorkshire
10 pages
good condition
around 1860 (penciled in)
$8 with free U.S. media mail shipping


Periodic Table of the Elements Poster by Time Life Books (1986)
illustrated with photographs of the actual elements
out of print
fair condition
30X50 inches
$9 (free U.S. media mail postage)


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November 6th, 2019


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How to dull and chloroform a child’s reasoning abilities

November 6th, 2019

When Less Is More: The Case for Teaching Less Math in School
In an experiment, children who were taught less learned more.
by Peter Gray Ph.D.

“In 1929, the superintendent of schools in Ithaca, New York, sent out a challenge to his colleagues in other cities. “What,” he asked, “can we drop from the elementary school curriculum?” He complained that over the years new subjects were continuously being added and nothing was being subtracted, with the result that the school day was packed with too many subjects and there was little time to reflect seriously on anything. This was back in the days when people believed that children shouldn’t have to spend all of their time at school work — that they needed some time to play, to do chores at home, and to be with their families — so there was reason back then to believe that whenever something new is added to the curriculum something else should be dropped.

One of the recipients of this challenge was L. P. Benezet, superintendent of schools in Manchester, New Hampshire, who responded with this outrageous proposal: We should drop arithmetic! Benezet went on to argue that the time spent on arithmetic in the early grades was wasted effort, or worse. In fact, he wrote: “For some years I had noted that the effect of the early introduction of arithmetic had been to dull and almost chloroform the child’s reasoning facilities [sic? faculties].” All that drill, he claimed, had divorced the whole realm of numbers and arithmetic, in the children’s minds, from common sense, with the result that they could do the calculations as taught to them, but didn’t understand what they were doing and couldn’t apply the calculations to real life problems. He believed that if arithmetic were not taught until later on — preferably not until seventh grade — the kids would learn it with far less effort and greater understanding….”

Read the rest of the article here.


How would you answer this?

October 29th, 2019

Do you read things aloud to your kids that you and they think are just “ok”? Or do you stop books in the middle if you aren’t feeling it? I want reading aloud to be our primary source of learning, but then get stuck in making sure we are doing the “subjects” and sometimes we end up reading stuff we don’t like as much. Should I just let this go and read what we want? All that we read is high quality literature (fiction, historical fiction, etc). We tend to not like “nature books” or plain history books as much as fiction.

If a book was tedious to me, then I quit reading it unless the kids really wanted me to continue.


How would you answer this?

October 29th, 2019

How do you structure the time to help reinforce your current read-alouds? I am referring to things like notebooking, doing a skit, building a lego scene? And do your kids get to pick whatever they want to reinforce? Last school year we were doing notebooking with our history reading and I thought it went well. This year my 12yo wrote a skit set in Spain with bull fighting that the kids acted out. I want to have a “loose structure” to give some accountability but still have flexibility to follow their interests. Ideas?

One thing I want to mention — not sure if it addresses your question. When I was homeschooling my kids, I resisted spending a little bit of time on each of a lot of different things. I preferred that we spend a lot of time on just a few things. Quality, not quantity. So, applying this to your bull fighting skit, let the child explore this to his heart’s content — even if it means skipping other subjects. I was never afraid to skip subjects so the child could pursue developing his creativity on something he liked. Resist the mindset of “we must get through the book/stay on schedule/finish the worksheets. Instead, practice the mindset of allowing the child to develop his creativity on projects he loves.


Earlier is not better by Sue VanHattum

October 29th, 2019

9. Earlier is not better.

The schools are pushing academics earlier and earlier. That’s not a good idea. If young people learn to read when they’re ready for it, they enjoy reading. They read more and more; they get better and better at it; reading serves them well. The same can happen with math. Daniel Greenberg, working at a Sudbury school (democratic schools, where kids do not have enforced lessons) taught a group of 9 to 12 year olds all of arithmetic in 20 hours. They were ready and eager, and that’s all it took.

In 1929, L.P. Benezet, superintendent of schools in Manchester, New Hampshire, believed that waiting until later would help children learn math more effectively. The experiment he conducted, waiting until 5th or 6th grade to offer formal arithmetic lessons, was very successful. (His report was published in the Journal of the NEA. Although some people disagree about the success of this experiment, there is nothing published which contradicts his evidence. I’d like to find more information about how this project ended.).

Read the rest of this article here.