Plato and the Handcart Principle

Presented by: Angela Baker

What do Plato and handcarts have to do with home education? Surprisingly, everything! Especially in today’s homeschool world, where it is easy to get bogged down, over programmed, and distracted from what is really most important. I used to think that if I could fit it in the handcart, so to speak, then I could take it on the journey. Experience has taught me otherwise. If you sense you aren’t making the progress you want, it could be because you have unnecessary items in your handcart. So how do you decide what goes in and what doesn’t? Plato and the Handcart Principle can help! In this workshop you will learn three tools to inventory what is in your handcart. Find out what is slowing you down, and how you can lighten your load and quicken your step towards the vision you see for your family.


When asked what she does, Angela Baker responds enthusiastically, “I do people!” She sees genius and beauty in every person and passionately believes that education should be about discovering and growing that genius. This life-long passion led her to seek alternative education for her children. She is an authentic, down-to-earth home educator of twenty-one years who knows the ups and downs of her “business.” Angela is the mother of seven children. She and her family live on a one-acre farm in rural Erda, Utah, where the main crop is children. Angela is a well-loved speaker whose talent for weaving stories with principles creates a memorable experience for her audiences. She is also an experienced parent coach and youth mentor.
In order to inspire youth to dig deep and engage in a rigorous scholar experience, Angela founded Erda Youth Leadership Academy. She is a mentor for Elevation—Williamsburg Academy’s outdoor high school leadership program—where she invites youth to challenge themselves by climbing rock walls and rappelling over cliffs. She is a certified relationship coach through Townsend Relationship Center. Her formal education includes a bachelor’s in family science and a master’s in education. A cherished highlight of her homeschool journey and years of motherhood is the happy hours of reading to her children. She enjoys quiet study, fiery sunsets, family dancing in the kitchen, climbing mountains and rock walls, and refreshing moments of just sitting.

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