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      The Sept./Oct., 2009, issue (#90) of Practical Homeschooling ( www.home-school.com ) has articles by Mary Pride about the importance of the library to homeschoolers, by Joyce McPherson on the National Bible Bee, by Jeanette Webb on Creating a school profile and transcript for college, and by the always interesting Sam Blumenfeld (83 years old) on going to school back in the Great Depression (excellent!), along with the 2009 Practical Homeschooling Reader Awards, spotlight reviews, and a tribute to the late HSLDA attorney Chris Klicka, among other useful items.

       Imprimis:  All homeschoolers ought to be acquainted with Imprimis, a monthly publication of Hillsdale College, 33 E. College St., Hillsdale, MI  49242 ( www.hillsdale.edu ).  Mailed free (occasionally, the college may ask for contributions but it has never been with high pressure), it is a journal of speeches delivered by leading conservative thinkers at Hillsdale College events.  In the Nov., 2009, issue, Victor Davis Hanson, the Wayne and Marcia Buske Distinguished Fellow in History at Hillsdale College, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, and a professor of classics emeritus at California State University, gave a fascinating lecture on “The Future of Western War.”  No one likes or wants war, but it is a fact of life on this earth, and Davis points out the particular challenges that now face the West in any warfare that might erupt (such as with rogue terror states and militant Islamists).  A study of American government and Western Civilization is incomplete without the kind of thought found in the Imprimis speeches.  It would make a great resource for a homeschool “social studies” (government—world affairs—Western Civilization) curriculum for high schoolers.

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