Nov 10

Email Etiquette

Another important skill for all students to master before PSEO, college or career. 

Posted on n her “Homeschooling for College Credit” webpage

“In the age of social media, many students approach emailing similar to texting and other forms of digital communication, where the crucial conventions are brevity and informality. But most college teachers consider emails closer to letters than to text messages. This style of writing calls for more formality.”

Click LINK below:


Aug 01

Classroom Rules

In addition to the Truth Academy Discipline Policy, there are some specific rules that will make our classroom more efficient and enjoyable for all.  Some of my classes have 20 students which makes for a bit of a crowd, especially when doing science labs or other activities. 

Students are asked to leave jackets, backpacks and other bulky items OUTSIDE the classroom.  Directly outside my classroom is a large atrium with tables and benches where you can leave your things.  Only bring into the classroom those items which you will need for that class, not everything you own. 

Cell phones should be left outside the classroom, as well. 

Jul 07

Do You Need Help?

Do you need help:


  • Creating & maintaining a high school transcript?

  • Making sure that all high school requirements are met?

  • Developing a plan to incorporate CLEP/DSST exams into your student’s curriculum?

  • Making the most of PSEO opportunities to cut your student’s time in college?

  • Mapping out a college degree plan?



Schedule a personal consultation to help you and your student maximize their high school years.  For more info, click this LINK or contact me for an appointment.

Feb 08

ID Requirements for Testing

Most test sites require exam takers to have two forms of ID.  One of them must be a government issued ID which usually means a Driver’s license or permit, a valid Passport or state-issued ID card.  If you don’t already have one of these, get one ordered ASAP as it can take 4-6 weeks to receive it.  The secondary ID can vary depending on where you test; be sure to call and ask for specifics so you aren’t surprised on test day.  Click this LINK for responses from various test centers and a College Board ID form.

Visit this website below for the latest detailed ID requirements:

Forms of ID when Homeschooling for College Credit

Jan 29

Where to test?

Note:  New test center locations added!  All details are subject to change and you should call ahead to learn current procedures for test scheduling and test dates.  Keep in mind that over breaks, limited test times may be available. CLEP tests require you to create an account with College Board online and pay for the exam ahead of time.  DSST exams are paid for at the test center on test day.  Most test centers require you to register for a testing appointment before testing.

It might be best to pick a date and then work towards that goal.  Sometimes having a deadline on the calendar can be a powerful motivator.  However, DO NOT test unless you are certain your student is really ready.  That will be determined by the scores on practice tests.  It is discouraging to have put so much time and effort into test preparation and then to miss passing by a point or two.

Students:  Please do not hesitate to contact me for help in determining readiness to test..

Test Center Locations


Aug 10

More Effective Studying…..

How To Study Most Effectively For Your Learning Style

How can you make learning easy and effective? Contrary to popular opinion, textbooks and lectures might not be your best option. Whether you are taking a regular class or studying for a CLEP exam, you can greatly increase your productivity by…

Jan 05

Remember the Articles of the Constitution with this Mnemonic!

Mnemonic for remembering the Articles of the Constitution:

Lazy Elephants Jump Slowly And Sit Regularly.

L =  legislative

E =  executive

J =   judicial

S =  states

A =  amendment process

S =  supremacy of constitution

R =  ratification

Summary of the Articles of the Constitution

Article I

The longest article in the Constitution vests legislative power in the Senate and the House of Representatives. It describes the organization of Congress and lists its specific powers, known as enumerated or delegated powers. Through the necessary and proper clause (also called the elastic clause), Congress can make laws needed to carry out its enumerated powers. Article I also lists the powers denied to Congress and the states.

Article II

This article deals with the executive branch and describes the election of the president (and vice president), the qualifications for holding the office, and the procedures if a president can no longer serve. The powers of the president include serving as commander in chief of the army and navy, making treaties, and, with the “advice and consent of the Senate,” appointing ambassadors, officials, and Supreme Court justices. The president is required to periodically report to Congress on the state of the union, can propose legislation, and can call Congress into special session.

Article III

This article established the Supreme Court and authorizes Congress to establish lower federal courts. The types of cases the courts have jurisdiction over are given, and a provision is made for the right to trial by jury. While not specifically stated, the power of the courts to declare a law unconstitutional is implied.

Article IV

The full faith and credit clause requires that the legislative and judicial actions of one state be honored by the other states. Additionally, a citizen of any state has the same privileges as citizens of all the other states. Article IV also provides for adding new states to the union, guarantees each state a republican form of government, and ensures protection against invasion or domestic violence.

Article V

The process for amending the Constitution is described. The states are responsible for ratifying amendments.

Article VI

The Constitution, the laws of the United States, and treaties entered into by the United States are the supreme law of the land. This is known as the supremacy clause.

Article VII

Approval by conventions of nine of the states was required to ratify the Constitution.

Nov 10

How American Homeschoolers Measure Up

Homeschooled: How American Homeschoolers Measure Up

Nov 05

Why salt water tastes salty….

Thank you, Joshua, for asking the question in class last week regarding why salt water still tastes salty if the Na and Cl ions are separated when dissolved in water.  Here’s the answer:  Salty things taste salty because they are dissolved by the saliva in our mouth; thus if they did not separate into separate Na and Cl ions, we would not have the same taste sensation of saltiness.  If, somehow, we could taste dry salt and it would not get wet in our mouth, we would not experience the taste of saltiness as we do since the Na and Cl ions would not separate, therefore salt would not taste salty!!

Aug 06

Over 1000 college credits earned and thousands of $$$$ saved!

Students in my study groups and classes have now earned over 1000 college credits and saved thousands of $$$$ on college tuition as well as hours of classroom time!

Way to go students for sticking with the process and finishing strong!

Apr 15

Environmental Science Feedback

Here are a few comments from a recent successful test taker:

“The test questions were not longer than the practice test questions which I liked and they did ask about some environmental acts, the earth’s atmosphere layers, eutrophication, relationships between species (mutualism, parasitism etc.)”

AND from another student who took and PASSED the Environment and Humanity DSST exam:

Review environmental acts here:   (

And be sure to know all about the topic “eutrophication.”  Check out this LINK.


Sep 19

Practice Test Know-How

Practice tests are another weapon in your arsenal for CLEP/DSST success!  They are not necessarily intended to test what you already know, but to supplement your learning and to continue to BUILD your knowledge of the subject.  Don’t expect to know all or even most of the answers the first time you take a practice test.  Expect to repeat each practice test more than once.  ALWAYS read each answer explanation completely, paying particular attention to terms, people and concepts you don’t know.  Research those items by Googling them, looking them up on Wikipedia, your textbook, or any other resource you choose.  Take some notes for later review.  As you repeat taking each individual practice test, your scores should begin to climb until they are in the range of 80% or more correct.  Only then have you gleaned all you can from that particular practice test.

Jul 28

Science Sequence at Truth Academy

Frequently I get questions about including Environmental Science in the high school science sequence.  One of the questions asked is why we are not using a Christian curriculum for that class and the other question is why study Environmental Science at all.

Environmental Science was added to the science sequence at Truth Academy for a number of reasons:

  1. Since the “Green Movement” is in the news daily, the topics covered are relevant and engaging. Even though there is not a comprehensive Christian curriculum available, the one used includes less political correctness and teaches more of the actual science of our environment.  Classroom discussions focus on what the Bible says about being good stewards of God’s creation and students will be learning about some of the fallacies of global warming, population growth, and other controversial subjects that the Green Movement promotes.  Discussing this material in a high school classroom with other Christians equips students to be prepared for the liberal agenda they may encounter in college and beyond.
  2. In comparison to Apologia Physical Science, Environmental Science a is less-challenging science course for most students. Thus, it fits well in the sequence between Apologia General Science and Physical Science.  It gives younger students an additional year to build their academic and math skills to the level that Apologia Physical Science requires which means a good working knowledge of Pre-Algebra.
  3. By taking Environmental Science and General Science before Physical Science, students will be a year older and more mature when they take Apologia Biology.  Apologia Biology can be a very challenging course for younger students since it is considered a College-Prep level course and is quite detailed and thorough.  At an older age, students are more able to comprehend the in-depth study of Biology that Apologia provides.
  4. For students who are not as science oriented, Environmental Science offers an alternative way to complete a high school biology course and may be listed on the high school transcript as “Environmental Biology.”
  5. Since there is a DSST credit by exam available for Environmental Science, students are introduced to the Credit by Exam process with a subject that is typically very understandable and one of the easier exams to pass for college credit.
  6. At most colleges, the Environmental Science DSST fulfills two goal areas of the MN Transfer Curriculum general education requirements. At least one of those goal areas are typically taught by very liberal professors who are almost rabid in their indoctrination of students into their beliefs about environmentalism.  This offers students another way to meet that goal area.


Currently General Science and Environmental Science are offered on alternating years and suitable for junior high students.  Physical Science, Biology and Chemistry are offered every year and best suited for 9th grade and beyond.

Truth Academy believes that parents are the ultimate decision maker for their individual child’s education and should weigh all of the options in order to choose what works best for their own student’s needs.  If you are uncertain as to which course to choose and would like further input, the Truth Academy leadership team or Debbie Stenzel would be happy to talk with you further.

Nov 15

Why Is So Much Environmentalism at War with Humanity?

What really drives the environmental movement? Why are so many people so quick to believe hyped up claims of manmade eco-disaster lurking around the corner, when those claims never seem to pan out? And why are so many intelligent scholars so prone to huge errors—like those that yielded the now infamous “Hockey Stick” graph of global temperature, and those behind the “Climategate” email scandal? What really motivates climate alarmists?

People ask me questions like these all the time. I always say the reasons and motives are manifold. Some people have some—and others, others.

But what I also always try to drive down to is this: At bottom, the claims almost always involve misanthropy—a word derived from the Greek words for “hate” and “human.”

Not that environmentalists all hate people. I suppose some do, but I think the vast majority don’t.

Rather, it’s that their understanding of people and our role on Earth arises out of someone else’s hatred of humans: Satan’s. And Satan’s hatred of humans leads to his using all kinds of ways to deceive people into thinking badly of humans—sometimes even when they mean well and have no idea they’re thinking badly of us.

Environmentalism’s dominant view of human beings is as consumers and polluters—using up resources and poisoning the planet in the process. The more of us there are, the more we consume and the more we pollute.  The solution? Reduce our numbers.

And that turns out to be part of the prescription for solving all kinds of alleged environmental crises—from acidification of the oceans to zoodepletion. (Okay, I made that word up! It means the depletion of life, and I’m substituting it for species extinction—but it starts with “Z”!) From topsoil erosion to algae blooms. From global cooling to global warming.

These and a myriad other environmental problems get blamed on people not because scientific research has demonstrated a clear causal connection, not because they can’t be corrected, but because there’s an underlying antipathy to people, because they’re seen solely as consumers and polluters, that drives those operating out of an anti-Biblical worldview directly to such conclusions.

The Bible gives us an entirely different vision of people. We’re the image and glory of God (Genesis 1:26–28; 1 Corinthians 11:7). We’re “a little lower than the heavenly beings” and “crowned [by God!] with glory and honor” (Psalm 8:5). God commands us, and has equipped us, to have dominion over the land and seas and skies and everything in them (Genesis 1:26, 28; Psalm 8:6–8).

Are we all sinners? Yes (Romans 3:23). But that doesn’t negate these other truths about us, and by faith in Christ, we can be renewed after the image of God (Colossians 3:10).

E. Calvin Beisner
Founder and National Spokesman  Cornwall Alliance

Nov 15

Why Are They Fighting to Keep People Hungry?

The Phony War Against CO2

The Wall Street Journal recently published an article by physicist Rodney W. Nichols and geologist and Apollo 17 astronaut Harrison Schmitt that makes perfect sense. Here’s its start:

National polls show that climate change is low on the list of voters’ priorities. For good reason: In the U.S., and for much of the world, the most dangerous environmental pollutants have been cleaned up. U.S. emissions of particulates, metals and varied gases—all of these: ozone, lead, carbon monoxide, oxides of nitrogen and sulfur—fell almost 70% between 1970 and 2014.

Further reductions will come from improved technologies such as catalytic removal of oxides of nitrogen and more-efficient sulfur scrubbers. This is a boon to human health.

But a myth persists that is both unscientific and immoral to perpetuate: that the beneficial gas carbon dioxide ranks among hazardous pollutants. It does not.

Unlike genuine pollutants, carbon dioxide (CO2) is an odorless, colorless gas. Every human being exhales about two pounds of CO2 a day, along with a similar amount of water vapor. CO2 is nontoxic to people and animals and is a vital nutrient to plants. It is also a greenhouse gas which helps maintain earth at a habitable temperature.

Fear of excessive warming from more CO2 in the atmosphere, including that released from human activity, has caused some people to advocate substantial and expensive reductions in CO2 emissions. But observations, such as those on our CO2 Coalition website, show that increased CO2 levels over the next century will cause modest and beneficial warming—perhaps as much as one degree Celsius (1.8 degrees Fahrenheit)—and that this will be an even larger benefit to agriculture than it is now. The costs of emissions regulations, which will be paid by everyone, will be punishingly high and will provide no benefits to most people anywhere in the world.

In 2013 the level of U.S. farm output was about 2.7 times its 1948 level, and productivity was growing at an average annual rate of 1.52%. From 2001 to 2013, world-wide, global output of total crop and livestock commodities was expanding at an average rate of 2.52% a year.

This higher food security reduces poverty and increases well-being and self-sufficiency everywhere, especially in the poorest parts of the developing countries. Along with better plant varieties, cropping practices and fertilizer, CO2 has contributed to this welcome increase in productivity.

God Bless You,

E. Calvin Beisner
Founder and National Spokesman
The Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation

Oct 27

5 Major Threats to Biodiversity

Environmental Science Students:  Here’s a helpful mnemonic for remembering the 5 Major Threats to Biodiversity



H = Habit loss

I = Invasive Species

P = Pollution

P = Population (human)

O = Overharvesting

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