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Today I’m going to break from my usual content and style.  Back in 2008 I reviewed David Gilmour’s interesting memoir The Film Club, which describes an experiment he conducted with his teen-aged son where he “homeschooled” him for three years, the curriculum being nothing but movies.  I commented there that I thought there was much of value that could come from incorporating film into a child’s education, noting specifically that carefully selected films can 1. introduce children to classic literature, 2. give children insight into other cultures, and 3. expose children to the history of film-making, and, by extension, of popular culture.

In the years since then our family has seen many, many films.  In today’s post I’d like to share with you the very best of what we’ve seen in hopes that others looking for intelligent movies for children will benefit.

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Last post of the year

In a moment I’m going to post the last of my entries for this calendar year.  I’ve got a busy January coming up as well, so it may be February before I’m back.  But when I do come back there will eventually be a major post that updates one from a few years ago, giving the complete data available from all of the states about homeschooling enrollment rates.  Stay tuned!

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This post reviews Colin Koons, “Education on the Home Front: Home Education in the European Union and the Need for Unified European Policy.” Indiana International and Comparative Law Review, 20, no. 1 (2010): 145-174.

Koons, a recent graduate from Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis, here explains the diversity of homeschooling law in various European countries and tries to figure out what the European Union’s legal paramaters would be for the practice.

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