Feb
27
2011
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What is the origin of the dunce cap?

dunce-capMost people know what a dunce cap is (also called a fool’s cap): a tall, conical paper cap, usually associated with humiliation of a “learning challenged” school child, the “dunce” of the class—at least on that day. (He probably wasn’t really dumb, just inattentive or hadn’t done his homework.) First, why was he called the [more...]

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Mar
09
2009
2

How many students are homeschooled in the United States?

Homeschool stuff at Costco (photo by by tiffanywashko CC-BY)According to the 2007  NHES  survey, an estimated 1.5 million students are homeschooled in the United States.  In this survey students are considered to be homeschooled “if their parents reported them as being schooled at home instead of at a public or private school for at least part of their education and if their part-time [more...]

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