Tuesday, November 14, 2006

What Is A Teacher?

A teacher is someone who can...

--Give a hug without getting arrested.
--Bandage a knee without calling the school nurse.
--Change a lightbulb without calling the custodian.
--Make the children wash the bathrooms.
--Have a relationship with the principal without getting fired.
--Teach a child's mind while capturing their heart.
--Teach what they believe in and believe in what they teach.
--Meet the child's need and not worry about meeting the state guidelines.
--Commit to a lifetime of work without pay.
--Pray, in class, out loud, with the children and the ACLU can't say a word.

There is is only one that can fill that job description;

A teacher is a mom.

"Hear, my son, your father's instruction, and do not forsake your mother's teaching." Proverbs 1:8
But officials in the UK want to change that. The "nursery rhyme police" are worried that parents aren't qualifiied and children are "at-risk" if the state doesn't act. Here's what the UK's Children's Minister plans for those who commit the "crime" of failing to sing nursery rhymes or read to their children,
Mrs Hughes said the state would train a new 'parenting workforce' to ensure parents who fail to do their duty with nursery rhymes are found and 'supported'. The call for state intervention in the minute details of family life followed a series of Labour efforts to reduce anti-social behaviour and improve educational standards by imposing rigorous controls on the lives of the youngest children.
The Minister plans a National Parenting Academy, "a body that will train teachers, psychologists and social workers to intervene in the lives of families and become the 'parenting workforce." Unless parents begin to say no way, the nanny state is just going to get bolder and bolder in their attempt to disciple our children into drones for the state. (HT: Libbie)

In a postive trend, a few more parents in Scotland are making home their school of choice. Homeschooling is up 39%. It's still a relatively small number, but it's growing. (HT: Mommy Blawg)

To meet a few other homeschoolers, check out this week's Carnival of Homeschooling.

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