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Upgrade: 10 Secrets to the Best Education for Your Child [Paperback]

By Kevin Swanson (Author)
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Pages   211
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.5" Width: 6.12" Height: 0.58"
Weight:   0.6 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 28, 2006
Publisher   Broadman And Holman
ISBN  0805440305  
EAN  9780805440300  

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A seasoned education advocate who works with thousands of families each year, Kevin Swanson provides an expert's framework for positive learning experiences in Upgrade. He teaches the importance of healthy parent-child relationships and having a biblical foundation, regardless of whether or not a child is homeschooled. "My purpose is simply to inform, involve, and equip parents with a basic knowledge of the principles upon which a quality education must be built," Swanson says.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Homeschooled himself in the 1960's and 70's, Kevin Swanson and his wife, Brenda, are now homeschooling their five children. Since graduating from his homeschool and then serving as student body president of a large west coast university, he has gone on to other leadership positions in corporate management, church, and other non-profits. Kevin has 43 years of experience in the homeschooling movement and serves as the Director of Generations-a ministry he founded to strengthen homeschool families around the country. As a father who wants to leave a Godly heritage for his own five children, Kevin's passion is to strengthen and encourage the homeschooling movement all over the world, and to cast a vision for generations to come. For the last 10 years Kevin has hosted a daily radio program, Generations Radio, the world's largest homeschooling and Biblical worldview program that reaches families across the US and in over 100 countries.

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Highly recommended  Aug 26, 2006
This book is a concise, highly readable description of ten principles to guide the education of children. One of the great strengths of this book is that by stating principles the author mostly avoids making recommendations in terms of curriculum, teaching styles, or other specifics. In fact one of the principles is the "Principle of duality" which states that any one method or focus will not work with every child.

This book is written from a Christian perspective, although I believe that all parents and educators could learn from the principles of this book. If you are a Christian you will appreciate the Scriptural foundations provided for each principal.

The author, Kevin Swanson, is the Executive Director of Christian Home Educators of Colorado. Although he certainly encourages home schooling as an advisable option for most families, I feel that he does not go over the line on pushing this as an agenda and even acknowledges that home schooling is not the best option for every family and situation.

As a Father with his first child entering preschool next week, I found this book to be very beneficial in providing a focus and clarifying my thinking on educating my children. I highly recommend it.
Christian Parents Should Give Careful Thought to the Education of their Children  Jul 20, 2006
Kevin Swanson believes that a successful education is achieved when a child is prepared to make maximal use of his God-given talents and abilities in the accomplishment of the child's calling. With great passion, he writes a series of 10 principles for achieving the best education for our children. Swanson's list of "10 Time-Tested Secrets for a Successful Education" are:

1. The preeminence of character

2. Quality one-on-one instruction

3. The principle of protection

4. The principle of individuality

5. The routing in relationships

6. The principle of doing the basics well

7. The principle of life integration

8. Maintaining the honor and mystique of learning

9. Build on the right foundation

10. The principle of wise, sequential progression

It is obvious that Mr. Swanson favors homeschooling as the best option for living out the ten principles. However he is still able to challenge those whose children are in other schooling environments as well as teachers themselves. Some of these principles would have really helped me out when I taught in a Christian Academy a few years ago.

This book gives adequate critique of the problems in modern education, and also supplies many solutions to those problems. There is an obvious indebtedness to the teaching of Doug Phillips of Vision Forum Ministries. Although he only references them one time, he gives the same analysis and historical understanding of the sickness of modern education. You may not agree with all of Mr. Swanson's conclusions, but you will appreciate his passion for providing students with a distinctively Christian education that captivates the mind and heart of the students. I heartily recommend this book as a resource for Christian parents in determining how they can best educate their children.
Best book on education this veteran teacher has ever read!  Jul 9, 2006
Buy it! Buy it! Buy it! This book completely exemplifies what teaching our children is all about. I just finished it and am buying a copy for our headmaster and my child's teacher to read. I pray the concepts and philosophies in this book will be well headed by the American public- our kids are just to valuable to continue learning in a failed system!
A "parent friendly" study of the definitive modern education process of home-schooling  Apr 7, 2006
Upgrade:10 Secrets To The Best Education For Your Child by Kevin Swanson (Executive Director of Christian Home Educators of Colorado) is a "parent friendly" study of the definitive modern education process of home-schooling. Informing its readers of the many intricacies and understandings of the home-schooling process which Swanson has come through years of experience and expertise to knowledgeably grasp, Upgrade offers an invaluable and instructive reference which focuses on the preeminence of character development, one-on-one instruction, the nurturing of individuality, and establishing a fundamentally competent knowledge of the basics. Upgrade is very strongly recommended reading, particularly for parents of homeschooled children for its uncompromisingly useful information.

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