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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 pa 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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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 pa 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.

30 review for Upgrade: 10 Secrets to the Best Education for Your Child

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jordan Shirkman

    The concepts in this book are 5 stars. No matter what education choices you’ll make for your children, Christian parents have a responsibility to think through how to raise children to become wise, competent, thoughtful followers of Jesus. This book helps you wrestle with the right questions for your kids’ development. The writing could use some editing and multiple anecdotes are repeated, but this is a book I’ll be referencing for many years to come.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Schultz

    The reason this book will be one I often recommend is it covers 10 principles that should apply to the raising of every child, while maintaining freedom for families to tailor those biblical concepts to their individual children. I think it is hard to walk away from the book not seeing homeschooling as often the best option (because it most allows for at least 6/10 of the principles), but Swanson's goal in writing is boarder than just getting someone to homeschool and appropriately balanced and The reason this book will be one I often recommend is it covers 10 principles that should apply to the raising of every child, while maintaining freedom for families to tailor those biblical concepts to their individual children. I think it is hard to walk away from the book not seeing homeschooling as often the best option (because it most allows for at least 6/10 of the principles), but Swanson's goal in writing is boarder than just getting someone to homeschool and appropriately balanced and caveated throughout. We loved it! Some of my favorite chapters were: Build on the Right Foundation, Doing the Basics Well, and Quality One-on-One Instruction. I will re-read it routinely to stay sharp and refreshed on how to raise my children.

  3. 5 out of 5

    momma.hailey

    Overall a nice read. I really liked the ideas in the Life Integration chapter, and the final chapter on Vision. I would have devoured this book as an new homeschooler, which I think that is who it is designed for, although it would be an encouraging read at any stage.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    The best book on education that you will ever read. It goes from the history of education, to what it has become and why. Leaves you to think about the best education for your child without making the decision for you. Rather, after you read it, you will make the best choice.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    Wonderful book to read when your feeling doubts and overwhelmed. So many good nuggets for my common place book..krb 10/24/17

  6. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    A few takeaways: Education is preparation for life and for eternity. Education is not neutral. The goal of protection is preparation.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Leah

    An excellent primer for the parents who are serious about the education of their child(ren). In this easy to read book, Kevin Swanson delivers practical principles derived from the Word of God in a hard hitting challenge to parents everywhere. He does not give specific "how to's" but general principles with a few over-arching suggestions. This is a book I will be reading again and referencing in my journey of raising my son, and any more children we are blessed with. Though Swanson home educates An excellent primer for the parents who are serious about the education of their child(ren). In this easy to read book, Kevin Swanson delivers practical principles derived from the Word of God in a hard hitting challenge to parents everywhere. He does not give specific "how to's" but general principles with a few over-arching suggestions. This is a book I will be reading again and referencing in my journey of raising my son, and any more children we are blessed with. Though Swanson home educates his own children, he is firm in his conviction to Christian education, not narrowly or pietistically saying his way is the only way. A highly recommend this to all parents everywhere who care about their children and their future, especially Christian parents.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Keri

    Excellent resource for parents trying to decide how best to educate their children! He focuses on the 10 factors of a successful education and rightfully places responsibility on the parents to decide. Highly recommend this book for parents who are concerned with the future (both earthly and eternal) lives of their children.

  9. 5 out of 5

    George Craig

    This is the second book I remember reading about homeschooling. It examines the two major methods of education and shows the superiority of home education. It helped shape my thinking about why we homeschool and why we would never do anything else.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Heidemann

    This is a great book that discusses the current condition of our schools and offers alternatives. I greatly encourage anyone to read it if they have a sincere desire to do whatever it takes to improve things in this arena.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Philip Brown

    Good

  12. 4 out of 5

    Ligia Stockwell

    A very thought provoking read. It revamped my whole homeschool mindset. I want to read it again at a slower pace and slowly implement the 10 keys Mr. Swanson discusses.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Brian

    Interesting look into education from the standpoint that it is a parent's responsibility (and not a mass-production based union-paid teacher's responsibility) to educate MY child. Interesting look into education from the standpoint that it is a parent's responsibility (and not a mass-production based union-paid teacher's responsibility) to educate MY child.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Carmen

    Some interesting information about educating the next generation...nothing too new to my brain. Lots of biblical

  15. 5 out of 5

    Ryan M Marks

    Excellent book that walks you both through the Bible and the current statistics on education. A must read for every parent as they seek to raise their children.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jen Vanderwey

  17. 5 out of 5

    Gina Vincent

  18. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jared

  20. 5 out of 5

    Catie Livingston

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jen

  22. 5 out of 5

    Colleen

  23. 5 out of 5

    Beth Starr

  24. 5 out of 5

    Rebekah

  25. 5 out of 5

    Lis Candelier

  26. 5 out of 5

    Laura Hubbard

  27. 5 out of 5

    Susanna

  28. 5 out of 5

    Steph

  29. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

  30. 5 out of 5

    Darla

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