Tell Me Again!

Posted by Annie on Mar 24, 2008 in Uncategorized
Top 10 Reasons To Homeschool

My eleven year old is; well, he’s eleven and he acts like the typical eleven-year-old. I remind him each day to brush his teeth and he manages to act like it’s the first time he’s ever been asked to brush them in his life.

Does that dumbfounded look come standard on all eleven-year-olds? You would think it would be impossible to look perfectly shocked each and every time.

For example, just this evening, I had asked if the clothes in the dryer were dry. He checked them and I got his standard reply, "they are still a little damp." So, I decided to bite and told him to run them for a few minutes and then please take them out and fold them.

Three hours later, I went to move the clothes from the washing machine, into the dryer. The dryer was of course, otherwise occupied.

When I inquired as to my previous request. I was told, "I forgot." His customary reply. So, when he started removing the clothes from the dryer, as he’s putting them in the basket, he asks, "Are these all mine?" He had the nerve to look surprised, astounded really. Well, hello – who else’s would they be?

Later that evening, as I walked past the bathroom, he indignantly called out, "why did you finish all the toilet paper on the roll and not replace it?" I looked at him stone-faced and said, "I forgot."

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Safe at Home

Posted by Annie on Mar 18, 2008 in Activity

Top 10 Reasons To Homeschool Another Chapter

Several months ago Diane Flynn Keith was shared her list of reasons to homeschool in an article entitled, "Top 10 Reasons To Homeschool — Move Over, David Letterman!" Her list contained very practical reasons why homeschooled children fair better than their public schooled counterparts.

Top 10 Reasons To Homeschool

After reading an article published in today’s World Net Daily edition, it is obvious to me that missing from her list was, "Safely out of harm of teacher predators." The WND article, "The big list: Female teachers with students," lists over 125 cases of teachers charged with assault, abuse and sexual impropriety against students – in just the last four calendar years, from 2004-2008.

Because I follow educational news pretty closely, I was fully aware of most of these cases, but even I had no idea just how pervasive this type of activity has become and it seems no one is safe. These teachers are from urban and rural schools, both large and small, with incidents taking place from coast to coast.

However, if you were thinking this is something new, you’d be wrong. Even as a young junior high school student, I can recall a teacher (his name escapes me) who taught health and sex education classes. He was married and everyone in his class knew he was having an affair with one of his 8th grade students. Too bad the school admistrators weren’t aware or didn’t want to know about the illicit and illegal affair.

His class was an integrated male/female class that I found so offensive and degrading that I started feeling ill each day I was forced to attend. Sex was a huge joke and the lessons weren’t fit for mixed adult company, let alone teaching a mixed classroom of junior high school students and that was back in 1972. Things have only gotten worse since then.

Parents who are sending their children to public schools these days must either have their heads buried in the sand and are ignorant of what takes place in and out of the classroom or they still believe that things like this only happen to other people’s children.

When reading reports like this one, I just thank the good Lord that my child is safe at home where he belongs.

Just one more reason to homeschool!

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Get a Real Education

Posted by Annie on Mar 13, 2008 in Legal

Los Angeles Times writers seemingly communist, ill-informed hacks.

Homeschooling legal in Michigan since 1993!

Today I want to comment on one of the worst researched and most highly inflammatory articles that I’ve had the displeasure of reading on the Los Angeles Times website in years. In the article, "Regulating home schoolers," Walter P. Coombs and Ralph E. Shaffer think they have it all figured out for the rest of us.

According to them, not only should parents who homeschool be regulated, but we are "elitist and anti-democratic" because we choose to spend our days working with our own children, instead of relinquishing them to the care and custody of state dictators on a daily basis.

In a misguided attempt to sway opinion, the authors had this to say…

"One anecdotal case of a home schooled teen writing a bestselling novel is cited, with the implication that such a remarkable achievement could not possibly have been attained because of the demanding homework assignments given by our public schools. Sounds like the board believes our traditional schools are overworking the kids — which is not what most critics say. Isn’t a major argument for home schooling based on the belief that the public schools aren’t demanding enough?"

Busy work is not the same thing as quality work. Schools are under mandate to teach to tests and meet minimum standards, how can any child excel in that type of an environment? "Demanding homework assignments," doesn’t always translate into meaningful work. Many teachers assign homework because it’s expected. Often the teacher doesn’t bother to have students turn in the work, much less grade it.

"There has always been something decidedly elitist and anti-democratic in home schooling. It smacks of a belief that privileged children should not have to associate with the other kids in the neighborhood and that by staying home, they would not be subjected to the leavening effect of democracy."

In stark contrast, we have "public schools" that are run like socialist communes, where each child is forced into the same mold and expected to regurgitate the same old stale facts, in order to pass an arbitrary test. This is not education. It is not teaching students to use the brains gifted to them by God. What will these children do when they grow up and no one is around to tell them what to do?

Your article is highly biased against Christians in the belief that the majority of those homeschooling do so because of their religion. You have really misjudged homeschoolers as a whole. The majority of us, even those of us who are Christians, do so in order to provide our children with the best educational opportunities available.

Christians are great at networking and due to tightly-knit church affiliations it may appear that they make up the vast majority of homeschoolers, but that simply isn’t the case. Homeschoolers come from all walks of life, they are a diverse bunch; some are into environmental issues, some are pagans, some are unschoolers, others choose to educate with the classics, etc.

When you choose to make blanket statements about homeschoolers, you are showing your ignorance – it’s almost laughable. It would be like saying that every person who lives in San Francisco is a spaced-out hippy, addicted to drugs. We know that is not true, there are many hard-working individuals that live in the city.

Next time you decide to put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard if you will) why not try doing your homework first and writing something with some actual truth to it.

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