Teaching Children to Work

Don’t miss this terrific article about how one dad is teaching his children to learn to work. A great read!


How a Homeschooled Teen Becomes Tech Savvy

As I noted in my book, becoming tech savvy is one of the most valuable skills our children can develop, if they want to do well in the new economy. Enjoy this blog post by a 13-year-old homeschooled girl who explains how she’s learning programming. She’s off to a great start!

Barbara Frank


Fall Update

Folks, I’m so busy with other writing projects, but I just have to come back here and share info now and then. Since Thriving in the 21st Century came out a while back, it gives me no satisfaction to say that much of what I predicted in that book has come or is coming to pass. It’s a challenging time for our young people; more people now realize that the college degree is no guarantee of anything, and it’s hard to find a decent job and just as hard to keep one.

That said, here and there we see rays of sunshine. More young people are learning skills that will be useful to them. More adults are becoming aware of what’s going on in our economy and are trying to change things. Parents must stay up to date on what’s happening so they can prepare their kids for an uncertain future:

Sign of the times: nearly 6 million (15%) young people are out of work but not in school.

Study shows 25% of 18-24-year-olds only walk five minutes a day because of technology.

One opinion re: the most important skill of the 21st century, followed by even more opinions in the comments section.

For the budding entrepreneurs in your family: Eight habits of extremely successful entrepreneurs.

Good advice: Break up with the public school.

Why would teachers’ unions oppose background checks on school employees??

In some neighborhoods, “work has disappeared.”

Scroll down to a great list of skills everyone should have in case the economy collapses.

True story of how a family’s business saved their son.

Woodworking is a wonderful skill for young people. This young man  teaches woodworking on YouTube.


Barbara Frank


September Update

Hope you enjoyed your summer! Here are a few points of interest I found over the summer for your perusal:

Affordable quality childcare for all” is, of course, code for “We want control over your children ASAP.”

But many of today’s teachers aren’t very good.

(Though someday they may be replaced by more competent, if not personable, tutors.)

What’s a parent to do? Why, join the movement that’s growing 7 times faster than public education.

Or, if you’re not up to that, find a very good private school that prepares kids for the future.

Happy September!

Barbara Frank

Thriving in the 21st Century

Update (Ignoring Common Wisdom Edition): April 3, 2013

News and Info for 21st Century Parents

This high school dropout is glad he quit school when he did.

This high school dropout is now earning nearly $100,000 a year.

There are happy college dropouts, too.

As for the grads, some of them still can’t leave home….

…perhaps they weren’t smart enough to earn a $10K degree.

What Homeschooled Kids are Missing Out On

“Teacher of the Year” seduces 15-year-old honor student.

You Can Say That Again!

Do not follow where the path may lead.  Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)


So, how are you preparing your children to thrive in the 21st century? Check out the links to the left for articles and information that will help you.

See you soon,
Barbara Frank

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