- What do you mean when you say that you’re “inclusive”?
We mean that we welcome everyone. That while we hail from a variety of faith backgrounds, we aren’t religiously focused in the publication or website. We will never belittle someone because they believe differently; and we expect the same from anyone contributing an article or project. To disagree is natural, human, and way more interesting than agreeing on everything, but there is no need to be disagreeable. To quote Gail’s husband, “Every feather on a bird is just a little bit different, but each one is equally valuable.”
- Why don’t you accept Common Core-aligned materials/publishers for review or advertising?
When our founder, Gail Nelson, began homeschooling, it was over concerns of the quality of Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The concerns still appear to have been justified. As an example, the K-3 standards ask for things such as higher order thinking (logic) for which most young children have not developed the capacity. This, in addition to the obvious political push for “nationalized standards,” which is clearly in conflict with the ideals of individual liberty and personal responsibility, lead us to continue our anti-CCSS stance. We won’t advocate for conformity.
- Why isn’t it free?
Much of LearningTangent.com IS free – with only a free account needed to access some areas – but print magazines cost money to produce and ship. We believe in focusing on quality content, something for which magazines were once well-known. For example: In many magazines (of all types) roughly 50-60% of every issue is an ad. This means that in a 60 page publication, you’re only getting 20-30 pages of articles. In Learning Tangent, we max out at 10%. So every 40 page issue has approximately 36 pages of articles, information, and inspiration. So even though we don’t have quite as many physical pages as some of those other magazines, we have just as much (if not more) to read. Isn’t that worth paying for?
- Do you charge for shipping?
In the US and Canada, no. Shipping is included in the price, so no surprises. We collect sales tax on shipped items to California residents, and as the marketplace grows, other states will, by necessity, be added. For international shipping, see our shipping rates.
For products in our “Goodies & Gifts” category, there are shipping charges. These items come directly from our supplier, and we had two choices… charge for shipping or charge a lot more for each item. Charging for shipping allows us (in this case) to combine shipping costs on those items to spread the cost out a bit. You’re welcome to do larger orders or get a few friends together to make a single purchase to save on the shipping.
- How long does it take to ship my order?
We generally ship out on the following business day. If you order on Monday, we’ll typically have it in the mail by Tuesday; Saturday orders go out on Monday. That said, magazine subscriptions take a bit longer, sometimes several weeks before you receive your first issue. When we have back issues available, we send those within a few days of subscribing.
- I bought a digital subscription today, how long will it be before I can get to all the good stuff?
Usually within an hour or two. We are still working on some automatic options, but they cost and we would rather not have to raise prices. So for now, we manually add your permissions. As soon as we do, be looking for an email at the address you used to sign up. If you don’t receive one, check your spam folder because chances are pretty good that it wound up there.
- How often does the magazine come out?
We publish quarterly, in March, June, September and December.
- I work for a library, we would like to add Learning Tangent to our selection; but we can’t do an order by credit card. Will you invoice?
Yes! Complete your order and select “Pay by Check” when you check out. Our system will automatically generate an invoice that you can print.
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