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Americans Think School Is for Socializing

An interesting article about one of the most deeply held, but incorrect, assumptions about public school. From the article:

“We’ve romanticized public school and bought it on impulse, at retail price, because it makes us feel good…The culturally dominant idea that the social experience in public school is a critical part of a proper upbringing keeps power centralized in the state and the door to tyranny propped open.”

In my experience, based on the way people talk whenever school is out, it seems that a lot of parents view school as a form of free babysitting. Either way, it is a sad commentary on the state of our views surrounding public education.

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A Letter To My Boys (The Real Reason I Say No To Electronics)

A wonderful post about not letting your kids bury themselves in their electronic devices.

Dear Boys,

Do you remember the day we went to the drugstore and the lady said, “Wow, you are the first kids I’ve seen all day with nothing in your hands.” Remember how she marveled at how you didn’t need an electronic device to carry through the store? I know how her words made you feel. I know how it reminded you that you are different because your mom limits your electronic usage. I know it was yet another reminder.

The same reminder you receive when we are out to eat and you notice all the kids playing their phones and iPads instead of talking to their parents. I know it was a reminder of all the sporting events where you feel you are the only kids whose parents are making them cheer on their siblings rather than burying themselves in a phone. I know it was another reminder to you that you feel different in this electronic age we live in.

Well, boys, it’s not you. It’s me. Me being selfish maybe. You see I can’t bear to miss a moment with you. Let me explain.

 

Read the entire letter here.

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A Rebuttal To The Parent Who “Investigated” Common Core

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Well, Nancy Stone of Holly Springs mad a splash with the Common Core opposition parents and her “investigation” of Common Core. Or rather lack of investigation. The op-ed having the word ‘investigate’ anywhere in the title is laughable; no ‘investigating’ was done. Instead, this is a not to subtle regurgitation of all the same pro-Core talking points we’ve seen for two years now.  It’s about what I’d expect from NC Policy Watch. Prime example:

“..the standards are just very long lists of what students should know and be able to do from Kindergarten through High School.”

Yawn. Taking the literal road are we? Well done ma’am.   Yes, standards are just a list.
A fundamentally flawed, experimental list which is age and developmentally inappropriate in the primary grades and dumbs our kids down in the secondary ones.  Just a list that dictate testing, materials, curriculum etc. Just a list.

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Is Public School an Option?

From an article I found on the Answers in Genesis site that raises some good questions:

The growing chaos in society is forcing Christians to rethink even their most cherished assumptions about their relationship with government institutions. For example, is public education even an option anymore? Should Christian parents send their children to the public schools?

 

The article is really thought provoking. It addresses a lot of the reasons we don’t think public school is an option, though it does leave out the fact that I just enjoy spending that time with my children instead of ceding it to government babysitters. My son has really grown a lot over the past year. I have seen him grow to love things that he hated while in a public school. The atmosphere we are able to create at home is much more conducive to learning than sitting quietly in rows, raising your hand to speak, asking permission to go to the bathroom. School just doesn’t seem natural to me. I can’t think of another time in life where one finds oneself under those conditions. We will do everything we can to school our children ourselves, even if our business fails and we both have to get “normal” jobs I think I would find a way to do school when I’m not working. But I know not everybody feels the same. So, is public school an option any more? What do you think? Are you okay sending your kids to public school? Why or why not? Let me know in the comments.

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Gun homicides down dramatically, Americans unaware

It seems there is something in the news every day about gun violence. The recent mass shooting in Isla Vista, California, a movie theater riddled with bullets in Colorado, children and teachers gunned down at school in Connecticut, and the list goes on. While you may be seeing more and more shooting, the fact is, overall gun homicide rates have dropped dramatically over the past two decades, according to a recent study.

More than half of Americans believe gun violence has increased over the past two decades, but what you’re watching on the news, may be skewing your view. Continue reading

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The Dangerous Article for Boys

I have heard Martin Cothran speak several times in different forums and I really like what he had to say. We currently use Memoria Press materials in our homeschool and are very much looking forward to using Mr Cothran’s Logic series in a couple of years. This is an article I found by him from the Memoria Press site that I really appreciated, so I thought I would share it. You can check out more of his writing here. Continue reading