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Nothing New Press has moved to its own domain at www.nothingnewpress.com.
The website has been revised and is more beautiful and functional than ever. Due to
popular request, Nothing New Press has added the online convenience of ordering books via credit card. The
new and improved website coincides with a summer-long project to upgrade to beautiful new
second editions all of the books offered by Christine Miller through Nothing New Press: All Through the Ages History Through
Literature, The Story of
the Greeks, The Story of
the Romans, and The Story
of the Middle Ages.
e-mail is back!
Back in the spring, a virus wiped out our computer system, and it was May
before I could get everything restored enough to post a Where have we been? message on
this page. But we had lingering problems getting the firstname.lastname@example.org e-mail
back up and running at full capacity. Well, now it is. :-)
Why We Homeschool Site of the
Ritalin Acts Much Like Cocaine
From an August issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association comes this report
of recent research on Ritalin: Although they have used it [Ritalin] to treat
attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) for 40 years, psychiatrists and
pharmacologists have never known how or why it worked. Chemically similar to cocaine and
other stimulants, methylphenidate [Ritalin] presents a pragmatic paradox: it decreases
activity and increases the ability to concentrate in people with ADHD, but in studies,
about half of those without ADHD find it unpleasant, like drinking too much coffee.
Ive almost been obsessed about trying to understand [methylphenidate] with
imaging, said Volkow at a recent media conference. As a psychiatrist,
sometimes I feel embarrassed [about the lack of knowledge] because this is, by far, the
drug we prescribe most frequently to children. Four to six million children in
the United States now take this drug; by far the vast majority are boys; by far the vast
majority of children on the drug are taking it because of a recommendation by their public
school. I didnt even realize that the experts did not understand why or how it
works. Need I say more?
Why We Homeschool Site of the
Basic Minimum Christianism
(Because of the frames used, this link will only take you to the Underground Grammarian
home page. To get to Basic Minimum Christianism, click on The Leaning Tower of
Babel, third down on the menu on the left, then in the frame that comes up on the
right, scroll down to IV. Basic Minimum Christianism and click.)
The first essay in the Basic Minimum Christianism collection is titled,
Uncomfortable Words. And they are. In these essays, Richard Mitchell calls
into question everyone who claims to educate without teaching clear language and the power
of reason -- the first two tools, grammar and logic, in the three tools of learning. He
spares not private Christian schools, nor even popular Christian organizations seeking to
influence public policy, such as the Eagle Forum or the Moral Majority. He is an equal
opportunity blaster of Protestant and Catholic educationism. But keep reading. If
criticism is leveled at the Church, can it be because the Church has earned it? It is the
Church that abandoned the intellect, reason, and academia after our position
was destroyed at the Scopes Trial in 1925 by Clarence Darrow and the ACLU. We decided that
faith and reason cannot go together, a strange conclusion that Mitchell claims even Martin
Luther shared. We abandoned the head and focused on the heart, and forgot that Jesus
commanded, Love the Lord thy God with all thy heart AND mind and soul and
strength. It is not either heart or head, either faith or reason. It is heart AND
head, faith AND reason. Those who teach faith to the exclusion of reason do as much harm
as those who teach reason to the exclusion of faith. We need both.
For another perspective on this whole debate, my husband and I have been
listening to many of Dr. Davis messages (see Family
Alternatives in Past Why We Homeschool Site of the Month
links). In either the message Changing the Heart of a Rebel, or The Secret to Becoming
Strong, Dr. Davis mentioned he would rather a person was a God-fearing ignoramus than an
educated fool. If someone fears God, which I believe means, he acknowledges not only
Gods existence, but also His sovreignty by reason of His existence, and has
submitted his life to Him accordingly, seeking to serve and worship Him in the manner God
has prescribed, i.e., through faith in Jesus Christ our Lord, then that person has begun
to be wise: The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, (Proverbs 9:10).
The God-fearing ignoramus wont stay that way long, because the ear of the wise
seeks knowledge, (Proverbs 18:15). But the fool says in his heart, There
is no God, (Psalms 14:1). An evolutionist scientist is an educated fool; an
abortion doctor is an educated fool. I agree with Dr. Davis; if you can only teach one,
teach the heart to be wise. But we do not have to only teach one. We can teach the heart
to be wise, and the mind to reason. Faith and reason do not contradict each other at all,
but truth, which God personifies, is established by proper inquiry and investigation. The
excess of the Renaissance, which undoubtedly Martin Luther was preaching against, was
elevating human reason to a place above God Himself. Faith teaches us the limits of human
reason, that there is thought higher than humans can reason or understand (Isaiah 55:8-9).
We homeschool to avoid the mistakes of educationism, false education, in
both government and private schools, in neglecting the teaching of reason to indoctrinate
in humanism or Christianism, rather than teaching truth, difficult
disciplines, and difficult doctrine, if we will listen.
All Through the
Ages Second Edition
The revised and expanded second edition of All Through the Ages will be available
this summer. Get the second edition at the first edition price through August 31, 2001.
Government Curriculum: Grades 7-9
The Government page of CCHs Online Catalog has
been completed. This section includes resources which teach the structure of government,
as is taught in most Civics classes in the United States, as well as resources that teach
the biblical and historical nature of government.
Why We Homeschool Site of the
Homeschooling, as anyone finds out who is into it for longer than a month or two, is about
more than academics. The family is impacted in a powerful way, as parents seek to obey the
biblical injunction to teach their children, and parents and children start having more
time to spend together. Family relationships soon take on an importance as great or
greater than academic excellence, and because every one is home and around each other much
of the time, the potential for closeness as well as conflict is multiplied. This is the
way God designed families to be, to be around each other so that the father can teach his
children when he rises up, when he lies down, when he comes in and goes out. But because
so many of us were raised in families fragmented by the culture in which we live, we lack
the living examples and, many times, the biblical knowledge of relationship principles
that make family relationships a joy and a blessing rather than a burden. Enter Family Alternatives, the ministry of Dr. S. M. Davis,
pastor of Park Meadows Baptist Church in Illinois. My husband and I had an opportunity to
hear Dr. Davis speak recently, and we were very impressed with his grasp of biblical truth
as it applies to family relationships. Especially helpful are his messages on parenting, husbands and wives, and
dealing with rebellion
in children. But many of the biblical principles are difficult to implement in
families where the parents see, much less communicate, with their children only a handful
of minutes a day. Homeschooling combats family fragmentation and is one very important
reason why we homeschool.
Math Curriculum: Grades 1-12
The Math section of CCHs Online Catalog has
been revised and updated, with new curriculum added in the Grammar and Dialectic Stage, the Rhetoric Stage added, and new resources in the Teachers Math Resources page.
Logic Curriculum: Grades 7-9
The Logic page of CCHs Online Catalog has been
revised and updated, with new resources added.
Classical and Christian Education
This page, part of CCHs Online Catalog, lists
books which expound on classical and Christian education for homeschool parents. It has
been revised and new books added.
Why We Homeschool Site of the
Dinosaurs and the Bible
An aura of mystery surrounds the dinosaurs, begins Ken Hams essay on
dinosaurs and the Bible. Are dinosaurs mentioned in the Bible? Do dinosaurs prove
evolution? What about creation? What happened to the dinosaurs? These fascinating
creatures are favorites of our children, but how do we answer their questions about
dinosaurs and evolution? The answers are in
Genesis, and because we homeschool, we are free to explore scientific and historic
truth that, because it challenges their dogma, the high priests of the educational
establishment in America have censored.
Press Graduation Sale!
School is out for the summer, and the Millers oldest has graduated from high school
(home schooled, of course)! We are extending our celebration of this momentous event to
the home schooling community at large by holding our first ever Graduation Sale! From June
1 to June 14, 2001, every Nothing New Press title is 10% off. Orders must be postmarked by
June 14, 2001, to receive the discounted price.
The second editions of The
Story of the Greeks, The
Story of the Romans, and The
Story of the Middle Ages are now available. The second edition includes a new
Publishers Preface, which discusses the origins of the Greek and Roman tribes as the
history of the ancient world relates it, as descended from the sons of Noah. Also included
are additional maps, and comprehensive timelines of all the events and persons encountered
in the narratives, as well as bibliographies of historical resources. Even though the
histories are expanded, the price is still the same!
Classical Language Curriculum:
The classical languages -- Latin, Greek, and Hebrew -- section of the Online Catalog has been completely overhauled, new
curriculum added, and Classical Languages for
the Rhetoric Stage has been added.
Where have we been? About six or so weeks ago, our computers were
hit with a virus -- the first weve ever had. It has been a trial to get it cleaned
out of everything, and all our data and programs restored. But we are almost there. Just
this week I have been able to access the website again. The final thing that is still not
working is our e-mail, but we continue to work on it, and hope to have it up and running
in the next few days or a week. :-)
Geography Curriculum: Grades 1-6
The Geography curruclum section of the Online Catalog
has been completely overhauled, with new pages and many more suggestions and resources.
The Teachers Resources section has
been particularly expanded. The new page design replaces the old peach-colored pages, and
conforms to the W3 Commissions new standards. As the Online Catalog is completed and
updated this spring and summer, all the pages will eventually sport the extra help and new
Overview of the Grammar Stage
While this page is not new, I have added a section, titled Daily Drill, which
explains my simple system of drilling facts with my children during the grammar stage,
taking just a few minutes per day. The Grammar Stage
section is also being converted to conform to the W3 Commissions new standards.
Favorite News and Politics Links
This new page from the Favorite Links to All Over lists links to quality news sites which
conform to the founders vision of a free press for a free people, as a watchdog on
government. Lose liberal spin and keep up with the events of the day from a conservative
Why We Homeschool Site of the
Makers of Modern
Who were the makers of modern schooling in America? Its not who you think. At John Taylor Gattos site, learn about the
Fourth Purpose of American Schooling. In the colonial days of our country, the three
purposes of schooling were to: make good people, make good citizens, to help children find
their talents. But today, the fourth purpose has crowded out the other three. And it is
the proliferation of that fourth purpose that is one reason why we homeschool.
Why We Homeschool Site of the
AiG Creation Education Center
Evolutionary theory is the high priest of secular humanism, and the foundation of almost
all science taught in the United States today, certainly in the public schools. This in
spite of the fact that the theory remains unproven, that new data weekly shows up the
flaws, inconsistencies, and scientific impossibilities with the theory, and in spite of
the fact that more and more secular scientists are, privately and publicly, voicing grave
doubts of the theorys soundness. As homeschoolers, we can bypass the defunct
dinosaur of a theory all together and teach pure science, unencumbered by the politically
correct baggage of the age. The brand new Answers in Genesis Creation Education Center is
just what the doctor ordered for lesson plans, information and ideas not only on creation
science, but everyday science as well. Februarys topic is weather.
FAQ: Getting Started
The answer to the question on CCHs FAQ page: I am just
beginning homeschooling and am interested in using the classical model with my children.
How do I get started teaching this way?
FAQ: Scheduling the School Day
The answer to the question on CCHs FAQ page: I want my
children to learn all twelve of the subjects discussed for each stage. But there are only
so many hours in the day. How do I schedule the school day, without overloading myself or
my kids, while still doing justice to the subject matter?
FAQ: The Core of Classical Education
Another addition to CCHs FAQ page, this time the answer to
the question, I cant teach all the subjects possible. What must I include if I
had to make a choice?
FAQ: Classical Education and Girls
One of my first priorities for the new year is to complete CCHs FAQ
page as soon as possible. One of the most commonly asked questions, Is classical
education superfluous for girls who will grow up to be wives and mothers? is
addressed in this new article by Christine Miller.
CCH was recently given Study Webs Academic
Excellence Award for CCHs ideas on teaching art and art history, and the resources
here, such as the Art History portal, which help facilitate
that. We are very honored and humbled. The award has been posted on About
CCH. About CCH as well as Whats New and several other CCH pages are also wearing
the new website style, which reflect the new protocol established by the W3 Commission.
2000 Additions to CCH
At the turn of the new year we start over on CCHs Whats New page with a clean
slate. All of the additions and links made in the year 2000 can be found at this archive.