We way over-value knowledge these days, whether it’s for game shows or to impress the crowd. The real key in the quest to become self-teachers (the only real kind of education) is to gain the skills that empower. The dictionary is a spot-on illustration. Whether you homeschool, teach, or just want to be a great parent—this is the mindset you really must have down to your bones.

Off to learn,

Fred Ray Lybrand​



Dr. Lybrand and his wife (Jody) of 40 years homeschooled their 5 children from birth to college, where they all excelled in academics and community (University of Texas & Abilene Christian). Dr. & Mrs. Lybrand have combined degrees of 2 BA's, 2 Masters, and 1 Doctorate), Fred and Jody have stuck with their faith and their obsession with practical learning. As a result, the overall theme of "Teaching Them to Learn How to Learn" invades everything they offer. Dr. Lybrand pastored for 25 years and currently coaches, consults, and trains leaders in businesses, churches, and non-profits. Among his client list are the U.S. Air Force, CRU, Be Broken, Continental Resources, State Farm Insurance, and Pioneer Natural Resources. Of course, one of his favorite interests is helping homeschoolers excel, and he does so with the 10 Courses of The Independent Homeschooer Curriculum & directly mentoring parents who belong to the tribe. Dr. Fred Ray Lybrand Jr. www.fredraylybrand.com

    3 replies to "Education: Know-How is Better than Knowledge"

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    • Felicia

      I wanted to thank you for making these videos. They have been a great help! We’ve just started out with RC this year and are trying to get a good feel for it and figure out how it’s going to work for us long term. It’s easy to second guess yourself while homeschooling, especially with so many opinions and options out there. We have been pressured by several people to do Classical Conversations, but honestly it’s so expensive and I’m not convinced it’s THE way to learn. It sure is a lot of facts. Anyway, it’s very reassuring to hear how well Robinson worked for your family. I enjoy hearing your practical advice. I hope you keep them coming.

      • Fred Ray Lybrand


        Thanks so much…and I think you are on target. A lot of the time people who can’t really create the discipline in the home they need find that a ‘group’ context provides some accountability. Also, some kids just do better academically when they are ‘competing’ with other children.

        In my mind, the trick is to get the child to own responsibility for his own learning. Once that transition occurs, then the context isn’t the issue…you just want to feed the monster 😉


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