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4/22/21 UNDER CONSTRUCTION: This now contains all of the information that I learned in K-12 as a Millenial. More, in fact. It is not sufficient for meeting homeschooling requirements because the public schooling I received was a joke, but it is more condensed and way more informative than what I had. Disclaimer: I have absolutely no credentials in education. Use your own big brain when trying to teach yourself or others and don't blame me if you or your kid don't meet educational standards in your area because it varies from place to place and because again - I have no credentials. Just ten plus years' worth of sifting through thousands of books to find good ones.

A message to good teachers: Are you tired of working in a system that destroys young minds? I implore you: cut your losses. Quit. Our educational system is a failure and does nothing but traumatize kids. Hell, I learned more in one year of intensive reading of library books than I did in twelve in public school. Don't be part of the problem. Take what you learned from being a teacher and put everything you really want to teach kids online, on a website like this one on Neocities, or on a blog. Teach people how to homeschool in the best way possible. Assist people in your hometown with homeschooling as a tutor and as a teacher for homeschool groups and charge a fair price. It's an idea. You'll earn more money that way too.

CLEP Tests administered for a fee (currently seems to be about $89 per course) by Collegeboard, the grifting low-quality-teaching guys that also administer AP and SAT tests. By the way, AP is useless, don't bother, just learn the material on your own or in a college 101 class. CLEP tests are done to determine if you need to take a college 101 course. Pass one, and in many if not most colleges you won't need to take the course, saving you a lot of money. So study at home and study hard. Then, if possible, you could finish up an undergrad in a community college, and work hard for scholarships in a higher ed program. Wa la. Let's hope you avoid crushing student debt. Also note: trade schools are underrated for a steady career and paycheck because we seem to be low on skilled trade professionals in the US.

Why bother learning anything?

Guide to understanding homeschool laws

To find specific homeschooling laws, government practices, and educational standards in your state, see: State departments of education

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Condensed Version of Big Brain Time K-12 Homeschooling or Supplemental Resources, Summarized

Adulting

Math

Science

Fun Also known as recess and playtime. Neglected and extremely important.

Physics

Chemistry

Biology

Earth Science

Astronomy

English

Reading

Social Studies

Computer Science

Foreign Language

Art

Electronics

MIT OpenCourseWare - college courses online for free. Generally speaking, the best quality I could find online. Requires a major time commitment. I HIGHLY recommend also buying the recommended textbooks, reading them, and doing all of the homework problems in the courses.

MIT Open Learning Library Seems to have some good info but also is behind a subscription wall.

Open Syllabus Project This website lists some of the most commonly assigned textbooks in colleges today, saving you the trouble of figuring out what is considered "101"

Note for teachers in K-12: it has been mentioned that teachers often lose their cool because so much time is spent on discipline and so little on teaching. There is a very simple way around this: understand that your students are being held as prisoners in a chair, in a room, in a building against their will despite having never committed a crime, and proceed accordingly. Let me spell it out for you morons: explain to them why they should bother learning what you're teaching, and if it's utterly useless, just quit, you buffoon. Here's another helpful hint: don't violate the terms of the Geneva Convention. Wow, imagine, so easy.

This is intended either for parents who homeschool or for 18+ folks because there is sex ed and crude language in here and I don't want people to get their panties in a twist. If you're a parent look it over and make the decision if your kids are mature enough to read this stuff. If something is listed as "helpful for homeschooling" then that means it is intro-level and you should start there. It doesn't mean it's easy. My goal with this subsection of the website is to provide a viable alternative to K-12 that anyone can get through with a maximum of 3 years study time. It is possible because everything taught in public school is watered down so much that it mainly functions to waste time. Don't believe me? Give these resources a try. You can find a lot of them at your local library or from cheap bookstores. Hopefully these resources can also help you to CLEP out aka test out of/automatically pass college courses, saving you time, money, and sanity. I have not yet made this stuff conform to the guidelines of the US (crap) educational system to help homeschoolers meet educational "standards," and it won't yet help you pass high school exams, the SAT or ACT with flying colors, but I am working on it & will let you know when it does. Getting there. However, it is sufficient for anyone who wants to learn subjects for real after wasting 12 years staring at the wall. Technically speaking, and truthfully speaking, public school is slavery, and anyone who thinks this Tips and Tricks for Teachers kind of stuff is normal is deluded. Why? Because the only thing keeping students in school is legal requirements, and they're not getting paid for their work, yet teachers demand total obedience out of social custom and a knowledge the students can't leave. Attendance at school is nothing more than a gilded prison. Abuse is rampant. Many of the administrators and teachers are abuse- or politics-motivated ghouls looking to boost their own social standing and make themselves feel big by making children feel small. And do they have any idea what they're teaching? Doubtful, given how low wages are for teachers and how powerful the teacher's union is. Finally, literally everything in school is taught using school textbooks as a backbone, and those textbooks are pretty much worthless. Plus they're a sick system. Issendai article. Homeschool is the way.

The ideal way to go through this stuff is as follows: I'll assume you have basic literacy and know how to read and write. If you are a voracious reader and talk to friends on Discord or text, then reading and writing will be natural to you. So start with Adulting, Art, Science, Fun, and Math. These are the basics for everything else; art is in there to ensure you aren't bored but also because in my own experience and that of some teachers I know, people learn better when they're learning art as well as hardcore STEM stuff (nope, there isn't enough evidence to suggest it matters, but it is what Leonardo da Vinci did). Then follow this route: Adulting, Science, Art, and Math -> Physics -> Chemistry -> Biology -> Earth Sciences and Astronomy. Add other stuff on top of that at each step as needed. It helps you understand all of it better. And don't forget to rest, relax, play around. Life's short. If you are a parent that works full-time, know that kids are totally capable of self-study in order to homeschool. In fact it's the only way they'll learn anything in adult life and in college anyway so better they start while they're young. You should know that I am also teaching myself these topics in depth as I am writing this, so it's not just some "fling content at the people and hope they like it" thing.

It is possible that the "Must Know High School" by McGraw-Hill series of books, the "Handy Answer Book" series, and the "Cartoon Guide To" series by Larry Gonick are all worth working through, but I can't get access to all of these at this time. If you manage it, let me know what you think. Also, the Great Books series is expensive and is the original source material a lot of textbooks basically copied and diluted.

Where to find these resources: Try your public library first. Better World Books sells cheap used textbooks and books, too. Half Price Books is good in person. There are other sources online, particularly certain websites for pirating and free reading of books. There are methods. I can't teach you these because I'll get sued or something, but bear in mind that if you're going to pirate something because you can't afford a regular education, it might be morally better than not being educated at all. Why? Take a look at all the damage uneducated idiots are doing. I rest my case. To make sure you don't rack up too much bad karma/pay it forward, you could certainly buy the books you pirated later after you learn the material and earn dough and then donate them to a library or to someone who needs them. I'm attempting to find online quality free resouces for all of this but it's slow going.

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