from a student who studied with Hewitt Homeschooling five years:
I hope you are having a great summer with your family. I want to bring you up to date on my college plans. I applied to five universities and got accepted to two: Cornell University and State University of New York at Buffalo. After long consideration I decided that I will go to University at Buffalo, and in my junior year I hope to transfer to Syracuse University. My intended major is going to be International Relations with concentration on Russia and Eurasia.
During the process of enrolling in different classes at the university I came to appreciate the quality of education I received through Hewitt Homeschooling. And especially the English that was taught and consulted by you. Out of six thousand incoming freshmen in University at Buffalo only twenty two students made it to the advanced English class — I was one of them! Without your help and guidance I’m not sure I would be there. I must say that before enrolling into the Hewitt program I was afraid of English, hated reading, and despised writing. But in five years you turned me into a bookworm! I am enjoying studying, writing, and reading. I appreciate all the work you’ve done for me and the great advice and support you’ve provided me with during my years with Hewitt Homeschooling. Thank you so much!
Wishing you all the best,
I’ll be sure to keep in touch,
Barbara Bradley and her happy parents
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"Can we really change the world by following Christ’s example?"
ANNOUNCING: Our latest contest for all homeschoolers is worth a $500 award!
Here’s how to participate: Go to www.SeekSocialJustice.com and watch the series online, download the videos & guide or order the FREE DVD & guide. Choose one particular area (e.g. the poor, prisoners, victims) and design a plan that you can put into action. Have a specific vision, a defined goal and a plan to reach it.
The due date for this is December 15th, so submit your entry to email@example.com soon! We’ll be sending the winner, who will be announced on Jan. 15th, the $500 award to put their plan into effect.
We can’t wait to see your entries!
The judges of our Modern Parable Contest:
Lucy S.R. Austen (author of Hewitt’s Lightning Lit Guide to British Christian Authors and soon-to-be-released American Christian Authors). Lucy was homeschooled, has a degree in English, and is now an author herself.
Hannah Georgeff manages is Hewitt’s social networking accounts (such as the Facebook page, Student Group & Twitter) and was also homeschooled.
Of the four, Nathan Haugaard (another homeschooler) knows the most about film-making. You can read his “director’s comments” here.
April Purtell is the only non-homeschooled judge, but she has been president of Hewitt since 1994, and has worked with homeschoolers since 1983.
One of our judges was Nathan Haugaard. A former homeschooler himself, Nathan has acted in, directed, and produced more short films than you can count. His most recent being Adalyn. A graduate of Columbia College in Los Angeles, Nathan now works for James Cameron as a 3D Camera Technician.
There’s something to be said about the power of analogy, metaphor, and the parable. These tools, as a part of our social interaction, are more often then not the difference between a forward moving society and one that remains stagnant. A society’s growth relies on the ability to communicate and process ideas. When we are exposed to new concepts, we are often reluctant to accept them due to our inability to understand them. Enter the parable: a way of understanding something new from the perspective of something known.
The power of the parable lies in its unique significance to the culture within which it’s being used. For example, a parable meant for Americans would be meaningless to most Africans. Human beings are creatures of habit and repetition, and a story is at its most powerful peak when the audience simply “gets it.” So while the screenplays that I read for this contest succeeded in directly translating the meaning of the parable in most cases, I failed to connect with the message the parable was trying to communicate. It might benefit the students that wrote a screenplay to attempt this as their next exercise: Write the parable again, but use your own words.
Some of you may respond by saying “I did that.” But I challenge you to push yourself, to try to write a version of the parable that is so specific to you and your life and your experiences that you think no one else could ever understand! That is when your work will begin to communicate, to influence people. That is when your audience will respond to your work. When I am most honest to myself in my writing, my audience’s response is strongest.
When we approach a story from a literal and direct standpoint, the audience sees the moral of the story coming a mile away. But if we slowly introduce the characters and the conflict, if we get the audience invested in the people and the emotions, and we hide our agenda as storytellers, the moment of truth becomes, not expected, but visceral and immediate. Suddenly the audience is experiencing the impact with the characters! Instead of reading or watching, they are living. Facilitating that “ah-ha!” moment is our goal and responsibility as storytellers.
Most students enjoy films. Here’s a good excuse to watch a few films, ruminate on the Word of God, and then use your head to write your own script for a parable that hasn’t been done yet. The winner will get $500 to be used towards his or her high school or college education.
You need to watch at least three of the six (it’s better to watch them all) films currently available. Go to ModernParables.com for details on how to get the films or to watch on site.
Select a different parable and write an original play set in modern times. Email your script by October 31, 2010, to Hewitt at firstname.lastname@example.org. The top three scripts will also be read by the director, Thomas Purifoy. The winner will be posted on our website by November 15, 2010.
Go to ModernParables.com to watch all the films on their site for FREE in low resolution. Or you can purchase all six films in high resolution, essays on the parables, and study materials for only $10. Use the code 5CD586 at their Participant Program for this great offer. (This unique offer is for homeschool students only.)