Services Available from Education Never Ends

Those of us familiar with lifelong learning understand that there’s no such thing as summer break! If you are looking for some opportunities to learn or to prepare for the upcoming school year, please consider allowing us help you with your educational goals. The following services are currently available:

Computer Tutoring – Are you interested in mastering Microsoft, becoming a social media ninja, or just figuring out how to feel more comfortable with technology in general? We offer weekly hour-long computer tutoring sessions that are custom-designed to your specific needs, and which grow along with you. For only $40 per session, you can go from n00b to nerd faster than you can name all of the Star Wars sequels!

Computer Repair – If you are having difficulty with a sluggish or malfunctioning computer, contact us for rates for diagnosing computer issues and getting you back up and running again!

Curriculum Design and coaching – Make your time relaxing by the pool productive by allowing us to custom-design a curriculum on the topic of your choice. You name the topic, and we will find the resources to help you learn about it. We’ll even create a loosely structured lesson plan for you, and send you personal reminders to make sure you stick with your educational goals. Contact us for rates!

Technology workshops – If you are part of a group that would like to learn more about technology tools to enhance your group’s effectiveness, performance, or cohesiveness, get in touch! We can plan workshops from 1-8 hours to help bring your skills to the next level.

Time and task management – Interested in finding ways to use your time more strategically to accomplish your personal goals? Who better to assist you than a single mother! Learn from an expert how to prioritize and manage your time. Identify key areas in your life that are important to you, and create a plan that allows you to focus on those things and de-emphasize “time clutter.”

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Monday, March 3: Debt Clinic

logodraftLainie Duro, from Education Never Ends, will be facilitating a workshop on dealing with collection agencies for Strike Debt – Austin. This event will take place on Monday, March 3, 2014 from 6:30-8 PM  at the Pleasant Hill Library in Austin, TX (211 E. William Cannon Drive, 78745)

This workshop will include information on how to respond to calls from collection agencies, what your rights are when a debt goes into collections, and the statute of limitations on debt in Texas. There will also be a discussion about the ethics of debt. There is a pinterest board with resources related to this presentation here: http://www.pinterest.com/drublood/strike-debt-austin/

The agenda for the event is as follows:

6-6:30 PM Meet and greet

6:30-7 PM Discussion about the ethics of debt

7-7:30 PM Debtors Clinic: Dealing with Collection Agents

7:30-8 Discussion and next steps

You can RSVP at the facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/223454467852063/ or by emailing lainie.duro@gmail.com

About Strike Debt Austin

Strike Debt Austin is a regional chapter of the national Strike Debt movement. We advocate for the creation of a union of debtors, especially amongst those who are struggling with student loan debt.

About StrikeDebtstrike_debt

Strike Debt is a nationwide movement of debt resistors fighting for economic justice and democratic freedom. Debt is a tie that binds the 99%. With stagnant wages, systemic unemployment, and public service cuts, we are forced to go into debt for the basic things in life — and thus surrender our futures to the banks. Debt is major source of profit and power for Wall Street that works to keep us isolated, ashamed, and afraid. Using direct action, research, education, and the arts, we are coming together to challenge this illegitimate system while imagining and creating alternatives. We want an economy in which our debts are to our friends, families, and communities — and not to the 1%. You are not a loan.

http://www.strikedebt.org/

About Education Never Ends

Education Never Ends offers technology and educational services on a sliding scale. Services 

include curriculum development for homeschoolers or adults, life coaching, time organization systems, and one-on-one technology tutoring. Contact lainie.duro@gmail.com for more information. https://diyeducationservices.wordpress.com/

Summer School: Geography Fun

Great advice on summer geography lessons. 🙂

A Homeschool Mom

Of all the fun things that we do over the summer, the one thing my kids always look forward to the most, is geography. Funny isn’t it? I think most of us look back on geography as boring and unimportant, but nope; not our kids. Why the difference? There are lots of ways we’ve made geography fun! Let’s take a look at a few…

When I first thought of teaching geography as a fun summer course, I came across Little Passports. This curriculum sounded fun, but unfortunately gets a little pricey when you are dealing with more than one child. Their program is well designed, but not all of the aspects  fit my children’s needs. I decided to keep the basic concept and push it to the limit!

The first thing I did was head over to Michaels and purchase these neat plastic “suitcases”. Inside these suitcases, we would…

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Why I Homeschool

I made the choice to homeschool my children early on in my career as a parent. In fact, my affinity for alternative education pre-dated even the idea that I might one day have children. As a young adult contemplating a college education, at one point I decided that I might want to go to school to become a teacher. An older friend of mine who had children that he homeschooled advised against that, and pointed me in the direction of John Holt, the man who many consider to be the grandfather of the modern homeschooling movement.

At that point in my life, the thought of having children was so nonexistent it was not even an abstract thought – it was a non-thought. However, I read some of the works of John Holt, as well as Summerhill, by A.S. Neil, and framed the principles of homeschooling and freeschooling in the context of my own life.

Growing up, I was the youngest in a family of 7 children. Either due to exhaustion, trust in me, or faith in the universe, my mother was a very hands-off parent. Most of the time, I was left to my own devices. I don’t remember there being a lot of rules in my house, and as I got older, I was the only one among my friends who had no curfew and who never got “grounded.” I also had a lot of freedom to do things like travel with friends and stay home from school. I took advantage of these freedoms in very positive ways. I would ask my mom to call me in to school so I could spend the day reading, for instance. Or, as I got older and started doing zines, I would stay home to write letters. Sometimes, I would be at school, and I would get the urge to walk around and write poems, so I would ask my mom to call the office and say I had a doctor’s appointment, and I would walk home and stop occasionally to transcribe the random thoughts that freedom allowed to percolate in my brain.

My mom took a chance by allowing me to have this freedom, and I feel like she made the right choice. Because I was allowed to make choices and do things that my friends weren’t allowed to do, I was extra careful to earn that responsibility retroactively. I did well in school, didn’t get into trouble, stayed away from drugs and drinking, and used my freedom to explore things that I found interesting and productive. As a result, I feel like I was better educated outside of my public school experience than I was inside. I will always be thankful to my mother for giving me the opportunity to explore my world without fear and with few limits. As a result of the freedom I was given, I have made some out-of-the-ordinary choices about what paths to take in life, and I have not had many regrets.

This is one of the main reasons I homeschool my own children, and why I am conscious of what I allow/disallow in their lives. I feel that as long as they are responsible with their freedom, exploring their world, and staying on top of the academics that will help them achieve their long-term goals (when they get around to figuring out what those are) they have the right to their freedom, as well as the responsibilities that come with it. And, as their parent, I should have the right to allow them to pursue that freedom, as well as the responsibility to ensure it is not to their detriment.

(this post originally appeared in my blog Original Nerdster, on September 3, 2012)

Meta-Entrepreneurship

logodraftI’m kind of known for doing things backwards. This is fine by me, because I feel pretty content with my life even though I’ve probably been “doing it wrong” all along. When I decided to start a small business in the realm of educational services, I figured the best way to deal with the ramp-up time and demotivation that can occur when embarking on such a daunting journey was to include potential allies and clients in the process and use my experience as a new entrepreneur as a teachable moment…or, more likely, a teachable process.

My background and goals for this endeavor are outlined here. My goal for this blog is to provide resources for those who are earnestly seeking alternatives to formal education, as well as narrate my journey as a new business owner as a means of educating about creating an educational services business. (Did you follow that?)

I encourage you to feel free to jump in and share your experiences as a small businessperson, entrepreneur, or self-educated individual. Or tell me I’m doing it wrong.

As Bob Dylan said “To live outside the law, you must be honest.” I’ll add to that by saying “To learn outside of institutions, you must be open.”