Home schooling Future Generations and The Spirit of Education (2001 archive)


Thousands of public school kids have come for tours through the Mt Blanco Fossil Museum. Hundreds more home schooled kids have come as well. In the past month we have had groups of 30 or more here every week for tours and short fossil digs. But when home schooling was not popular and in its infancy, some of us wanted to start something.

Today home schooling is a big market and for some, big money. But back in the late 70s it was not that way. Steve Schiffman had a vision to create an organization and a publication that would tie all the scattered home education groups together. It was a project dear to my heart. By the early 80s Steve and I began to formulate a concept. Since the Mother is usually the one who does most of the teaching we agreed that she is the “Spirit of Education.” Based on this, I painted a color sketch of a Mother teaching her children.

Strangely, a high level public school educator liked the rough sketch so much that he paid to have it printed. I still have some prints available for $15.00 each. They are 16 x 20 suitable for framing, shipping included.

I eventually did a more finished version of the scene and then a logo design for Future Generations. The logo art was drawn from memory with the “Mother” figure modeled after my former art student, Miss Willa Koch. The models for the painting were brother and sisters, Mini, the oldest, James, and Dolly Howard.

Article and photos copyright Mt. Blanco, originally published 2001.  Re-posted 2015

*Mt. Blanco Archives: Because of the many changes since Mt. Blanco opened in 1998, we are re-posting many of the old updates, articles, etc. that were originally on our website.  Some of the information may be out of date, but each of our archived articles are an important part of Mt. Blanco Fossil Museum’s history.


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