• Episode 3: The Problem of Public School with Brenda Diaz

    Welcome to the Peaceful Worldschooling Podcast – Episode 3. “The Problem with Public School” featuring Public School Government Teacher and founder of The Red Lipstick Rebellion, Ms. Brenda Diaz. Brenda is a Social Studies teacher in Montgomery County, MD, with a passion for American History, Latin American History, and government. Her academic career began at Georgetown University, upon which after graduation, she applied her love of learning as a Spanish language teacher and Spanish Language Coordinator at a private school in DC. After her daughters were born, she decided to become a homemaker to her 3 beautiful girls: Josephine, aged 17; Julia-Christine, 13; and Kara, 6-years-old. Brenda believes in medical,…

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    My First and Last Day

    Today was the first day of school for teachers… and quite possibly the last day of school for this teacher. I have been a teacher for over 12 years, and it has been the joy of my life to make a difference every single day with young people of all ages, races, and backgrounds. I have taught Spanish, ESOL, and currently I am working as a special education teacher in one of the largest counties in the United States. Today, I made the decision to go to work with a smile on my face instead of a mask. To my surprise, I was greeted with hugs by several co-workers which…

  • Education,  Worldschooling

    Top 25 Worldschooling Books

    Whether you are exploring worldschooling, new to the adventure, or been worldschooling for decades, these are some of the amazing books that can provide inspiration and motivation for you on your journey! The 5-Hour School Week by Kaleena Amuchastegui The Brave Learner by Julie Bogart The Call of the Wild and Free by Ainsley Arment Dumbing Us Down by John Taylor Gatto Free to Learn by Peter Gray Gospel-Based Parenting by Angela Harders Home Grown by Ben Hewitt How Children Fail by John Holt How Children Learn by John Holt How Children Succeed by Paul Tough Sandra Dodd’s Big Book of Unschooling by Sandra Dodd The Self-Driven Child by William…

  • Education

    The Hidden Cost of Public School

    A free public education is anything but free or public. However, most people are not aware of the hidden costs of public school which are actually the most detrimental. Public school costs us: emotionally, physically, personally, relationally, and spiritually. Emotional Cost Public school has an emotional cost. Many studies (see below) have shown that attending school has a negative emotional impact on students. We may tend to downplay the impact of anxiety and depression on our children, but the reality is clear. No one escapes unscathed. Most if not all of us have experienced “test anxiety” at one point or another. Why is that even a thing? How have we…

  • Education

    Public School is Not Free

    Public school is NOT free. I first discovered this when I attempted to enroll my daughter in a Pre-K program in the school district where I taught while living in the neighboring county. “I’m sorry, how much?!” I blurted out while attempting to not spew coffee from my mouth. “Fifteen thousand two hundred and nine dollars,” the lady calmly stated through the phone. $15,209. For my daughter to attend a public Pre-K program. Public school is NOT free. While the average cost per student in the United States is $12,201 according to the 2019 U.S. Census Bureau, states like New York pay $23,091 per student to attend public school. While…

  • Education

    Public School is Not Public

    It was 11:55 AM. My alarm was blaring reminding me to pick up my 4-year-old daughter, Sophia, from the bus stop. She was attending our local public pre-kindergarten program for just 2 hours a day for almost two months. Every day, I asked her the same question: “How was your day?” And every day, her answer was the same: “Bad.” “Why was it bad today?” “Because Miss R yelled at us again. She yells at us every day. Mom, do I have to go back there?” As a public school teacher, I had a hard time accepting the fact that my daughter was not enjoying school as much as I…

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