Frequently Asked Questions
Why do you call yourselves the "Standard Deviants?"
The name is a play on the statistics term "standard deviation." Standard deviation measures the degree of variance from the norm. We believe that our products offer a unique perspective - a deviation - on the traditional teaching style.
How long have you been around?
We were founded in 1993. Learn more about us.
What's the difference between the "Standard Deviants" and "Standard Deviants School?" products?
Standard Deviants School (SDS) products are optimized for classroom use. SDS programs are shorter than Standard Deviants (SD) programs (to fit in allotted class time) and contain full public performance rights necessary for classroom use. SD products can also be used in classroom situations, but their longer running times and lack of performance rights makes these titles better suited for use by students and home schoolers.
How do you make your videos? Where do you get your information?
Our writers review textbooks and school syllabi to determine the "required core material" in a given subject. Then, working with one or more college professors, our writers learn the material. The writers study textbooks, take classes and work with the professors to make sure that they cover everything you need to know... and that they present the information clearly and accurately.
Are your programs suitable for my child?
We pride ourselves on our ability to explain difficult material with simple explanations and illustrations, but it depends upon the child. Some children can handle material well above their grade level. We suggest that you look at the material covered in your child's textbook and see how it compares to the topics covered in the program you're considering. If you do decide to order through us, rest assured that we offer a 30-day money back guarantee.
Do your products come with public performance rights?
Our Standard Deviants School line contains full public performance rights.
Do these materials coordinate to my state's standards?
Our writing staff has created these materials based on a review of major state educational standards. The material in these videos and CD-ROMs covers materials that are required for that subject, according to most state educational standards.
Is this a complete home school curriculum?
Sorry, but no. Our products, while comprehensive, are best used to supplement your curriculum. Many home schooling parents use our products in parts to introduce a new topic.
Do you have books to go with your programs?
We have Digital Workbooks (CDs containing printable material) available for several subjects: Accounting, Algebra, Basic Math, Chemistry, Finance, Geology, Psychology, and Spanish.