Friday, June 30, 2006

Telling It Like It Is

High school valedictorian, Kareem Elnahal, raised the ire of high school administrators at Mainland Regional High School in Linwood, N.J during his commencement speech. Not because he mentioned God, but for telling his audience exactly what he thought of public education.

[A]t the June 20 commencement, Elnahal told his audience that "the education we have received here is not only incomplete, it is entirely hollow.""[It is] grade for the sake of a grade, work for the sake of work." Elnahal added, according to a transcript of the speech posted on the Press of Atlantic City website. "Ladies and gentlemen, the spirit of intellectual thought is lost," Elnahal said. "I know how highly this community values learning, and I urge you all to re-evaluate what it means to be educated," he concluded before leaving the ceremony without collecting his diploma.
Administrators weren't happy but at least they kept his mic on. I wonder much more of this administrators will tolerate before these speeches go the way of dodge ball and tag.

More commencement censorship: A school in Washington State banned the instrumental version of Ave Maria at its commencements on the grounds that it was too religious. No words were to be sung. One of the seniors is now suing.

Related posts: Why do we educate?

(HT: Why Homeschool)

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Faith in the Public Square

Barack Obama - US Senator from Illinois gave a speech on Wednesday about the role of religion in public life.

Secularists are wrong when they ask believers to leave their religion at the door before entering into the public square. Frederick Douglas, Abraham Lincoln, Williams Jennings Bryant, Dorothy Day, Martin Luther King -- indeed, the majority of great reformers in American history -- were not only motivated by faith, but repeatedly used religious language to argue for their cause. To say that men and women should not inject their "personal morality" into public policy debates is a practical absurdity; our law is by definition a codification of morality, much of it grounded in the Judeo-Christian tradition....

Democracy demands that the religiously motivated translate their concerns into universal, rather than religion-specific, values. It requires that their proposals be subject to argument and amenable to reason....

This may be difficult for those who believe in the inerrancy of the Bible, as many evangelicals do. But in a pluralistic democracy, we have no choice.

Al Mohler called this idea
"secularism with a smile -- offered in the form of an invitation for believers to show up, but then only to be allowed to make arguments that are not based in their deepest beliefs."
It could be that. But at least Senator Obama speech opens the discussion between the secular and those of faith in our society today. It is rare, to say the least, to hear a liberal leader even willing to talk about the uneasy tension between church and state and acknowledge that morality has a place in public policy.

It's not just progressive politicans that are discussing the tension but others as well. Walter Shurden gave a speech at the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Freedom where he expressed great worry over the "militancy of the right wing".

I am suggesting, however, that there are "American Christians" for whom the adjective is more important than the noun.

I am suggesting that some Christian churches in our country have been transformed into political temples and some pastors have embraced the moniker of "patriot pastors."

I am suggesting that devoted theocrats have an eye on the machinery of national and state governments, and that they make no apology for it.

He was specifically worried about groups like Generation Joshua who "turn Christian, home-schooled students into political foot soldiers to gain political power in order to subsume everything - entertainment, law, government, and education -under their right wing version of Christianity." and the Christian Coalition.

I am a Christian homeschooler who believes in the inerrancy of the Bible, but that doesn't mean I am determined to turn the United States or the world into a theocracy. I am not a Christian Reconstructionists. Nor do I belong to either group mentioned above. However, I do think it is totally within the bounds of public discourse in America to talk about my faith and how it helps shape my convictions and opinions - and to do so without having to translate them into "universal values" as Mr Obama suggests. And if that is how public policy is shaped, so be it. Further, we are raising our children that no matter what they end up doing as a vocation, that their faith will guide their principles and decisions. That could include government office, entertainment, etc. Is that so bad? Is there room in America for people like me?

Related News Stories :The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, ABC News, Associated Baptist Press.

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Thursday, June 29, 2006

Note to Spunky

Never ever again tell the children they can have a garage sale the same weekend you decide to paint the famiy room. Just what was I thinking???? Needless to say, posting may be light as all the kings horses and all the kings men attempt to put Spunky's house back together again.

Update: While we're mired in messes, my financial planner has been hard at work. He is looking for input on the idea of paying children for doing chores around the house. A reader wrote to him and asked what he thought. You can read his thoughts, but he's also looking for input from other families to help this reader out.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

My Greatest Challenge

Earlier today I posted the question;
What has been your greatest challenge so far in homeschooling your children?
I've received many excellent responses. For me, the greatest challenge has been having a picture in my mind of what homeschooling is supposed to look like - the mythical perfect homeschooler. I would compare myself to that perfect ideal and those that I thought lived it out. It didn't help that I had met a few families early on that used one particular homeschooling curriculum that presented this ideal rather strongly. We didn't use the curriculum, but somehow their ideal mixed with my own insecurities created an image in my mind of what a homeschool family was supposed to be. Try as I might, I could never compete with that ideal any more than I could the image of a super-model or June Cleaver for that matter. Consequently, everything I did never seemed quite good enough. In the quest for perfection, I'd change methods or curriculum. "Ditch and switch" characterized the first few years of our homeschooling. But the minute I'd switch something new would come out that was "better" than what I was using. This was challenging to overcome; until I finally ditched the image of perfection and switched my focus away from my ideal to God's plan for our family. Doing so helped increase my confidence to homeschool and I actually began to enjoy my children. Imagine that! Instead, of focusing on what I thought they should become, I began to concentrate on who they were right then and enjoy them. It was actually a relinquishing of control and letting God help fashion and shape our family into His image not the perfect image in my mind.

There are no perfect homeschool families. There are no perfect home school mothers. There isn't a perfect method or curriculum. But there is a perfect God, who takes all this imperfection and somehow turns it into something good. To God be the glory.

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Facing the Challenge

Yesterday, I met with a mother who is gearing up to begin homeschooling her two young daughters. She asked me an interesting question,


What has been your greatest challenge so far in homeschooling your children?
I gave her my answer, but now I'm curious how others would answer that question. I know everyone's circumstances are not the same, so the challenges will be different. That's why I'm asking for the input of others. Your ability to meet the challenge and overcome may be just the inspiration someone else needs today.

Rather than give my answer first, I'd like to hear from both beginning and seasoned homeschoolers. If you'd like, please share how you overcame the challenge as well. I'll share my response later today.

Update: My Greatest Challenge answer is here.

By the way, the Carnival of Homeschooling is up at the Homeschool Cafe and the Carnival of Education will be up today at the Lilting House.

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Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Tag! You're Banned!

Dodge ball was hit with a ban years ago. It looks like tag, soccer, and touch football may be next..

Groups such as the National School Boards Association don't keep statistics on school games. But several experts, including Donna Thompson of the National Program for Playground Safety, verify the trend. Dodge ball has been out at some schools for years, but banning games such as tag and soccer is a newer development.

"It's happening more," Thompson says. Educators worry about "kids running into one another" and getting hurt, she says.

What can a child do on the playground that doesn't create the potential for getting hurt? For that matter, everything in school has the potential for harm - from food poisoning in the cafeteria to riding the bus without a seat belt. Why stop at tag? For the good of the children, let's just ban public school.

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Feeling Lonely?

Don't worry, you're not alone.

[A] comprehensive new study paints a sobering picture of an increasingly fragmented America, where intimate social ties - once seen as an integral part of daily life and associated with a host of psychological and civic benefits - are shrinking or nonexistent. In bad times, far more people appear to suffer alone...

If close social relationships support people in the same way that beams hold up buildings, more Americans appear to be dependent on a single beam.

Could it be that there's a socialization crisis in America? Silly me, how can that be possible? After all, isn't one of main reasons people keep telling me to send my children off to school is so they can be socialized? They love to remind me that if they spend too much time with their family, they'll become isolated and social misfits.

Stuff and nonsense. They have it reversed.

The family is where the first and strongest connections to others are made. Isolate a child from his family and he becomes an emotional orphan - always looking but rarely finding lasting friendships. The family provides the foundational beams that make strong relationships with others possible.

Sadly, most churches have bought into the same philosophy. We have isolated children and divided families by age and circumstance. All so that children can learn and develop friendships with others at their level. This continues on into adulthood with college and career, young marrieds, and MOPS. (There's no "POPS" because somewhere in the transition, dads just fall off the radar screen.) We enter the church as a family and leave as individuals. And now we're paying the price.

Just look at all the lonely people.


A friend loveth at all times and a brother is born for adversity. Proverbs 17:17

(HT: Dr. Helen)

Related posts by Spunky: The Youth Group Question, Fit for Service (An article about keeping children in the service.) and R is for Relationship.

For an excellent essay on the family and church minsitry read Voddie Buacham's thoughts.

Related bloggers: Confessor, Why Homeschool

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Contests

There's a few fun contests going on around the homeschool blog world...

Discount Home School Supplies is giving away a FREE microscope to one winner! How do you enter? See Tami's Blog for more details. Hurry this one ends soon.

and

Homeschool Math Blog is giving away an A+ Membership to Webgraphing.com and lots of math ebooks.

Monday, June 26, 2006

Here Comes the Bride

HSLDA attorney, Scott Somerville shares his son's wedding photos from this weekend. Congratulations Scott and family. The new bride and groom looked stunning.

By contrast, get a load of this 350 pound wedding dress worn by a bride in the UK.

Carly, who spent NINE AND A HALF HOURS getting into it, was exhausted when she got to the altar in Gloucester.

It took TWENTY people an hour and a half to heave 16-year-old Carly through and up the aisle followed by her 60FT LONG train.

Unbelievable. I don't think I'd want to be "heaved" down the aisle. I much prefer bride Jessica Somerville's choice by far. But to each his own I guess.

College Exit Exams

A few months ago, I posted about the New "C" in No Child Left Behind and U.S. Secretary of Education's Commission on the Future of Higher Education. Florida State University seems to be beating the commission to the punch line. FSU is looking into a college exit exam for its students.

Florida State University took a small but significant step this month when its board of trustees agreed to look at testing students in basic skills as a graduation requirement. FSU could require such a test for all students as soon as fall 2007.
Texas has experimented with similar testing of college graduates under the direction of Charles Miller. He is now the head of the Commission on the Future of Higher Education and a strong advocate for standardized testing. The commission's final report is due September. According to Miller, they are not planning to recommend standardized testing at the college level. However, he believes that when colleges see the benefit (read ties to federal funds) they will begin to adopt these tests all on their own.

College exit exams are a foolish idea. They are just another piece in the move toward national standards and increased federal control over higher education.

In a related story, the commission is facing increased scrutiny and in an unexpected move, will release a draft of their report today. It will be interesting to see just how bad the "crisis" in higher education is and what the federal government thinks is necessary to fix it. Stay tuned.

UPDATE: A draft of the report has been released. According to one report,
The draft also backs a proposed national system to track individual students through the educational system. Supporters contend it would provide essential data, but colleges and universities have opposed it on privacy grounds.
The draft also called for incentives to increase the use of standardized tests at the college level. As I said above, that means they want federal funds tied to the use of standardized tests. The tracking of individual students through testing is part of a desire for a seamless K-16 career tracking system. Not a good sign.

Inside Higher Ed, and The New York Times are also reporting on the draft.

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Friday, June 23, 2006

Tricks of the Trade

Brandi asked if I could explain the tags on the bottom of each post. Those are search engine tags. They help readers find blogs talking about a specific topic. Services like Technorati or Google Blog Search will pick up the tags in their search engine. That's most likely the way that the Washington Post was able to find my blog. The quickest way I've found to generate the tags is using UltraSeeker Tag Builder.

Here are some others things I do to make blogging easier.

Bloglines. I have used this free service for some time. It allows me to categorize my blog reading. I'm notified when new posts are up at my favorite blogs. This saves me from having to constantly check each blog. I can also flag posts and "keep them new". This allows me to remember posts for future reference if I need it. I can also keep track of comments that way as well.

Google Alerts Google does a lot of my searching for me. They'll watch for key words and email an alert when things come up.

News Feeds. Many of my favorite newspapers also have feeds that will send an alert to my email. I subscribe to the ones that provide me with information on the topics I'm most interested in. I scan them for articles and then file them for future reference.

Spunky Jr. She's my blogging buddy and my oldest daughter. She helps me a lot to keep this site going. I'd be lost without her. Unfortunately, you just can't find help like her at a price you can afford. I'm blessed. She also writes for Regenerate Our Culture and team blogs for Beauty From the Heart.

On a personal note: I began reading blogs nearly three years ago, I never dreamed I'd write one of my own. Now I can't imagine not blogging. It's rewarding on many levels. Occassionally I'll receive an email like this:
Thank you for your Extreme Parenting post. Reading this opened my heart, mind and soul to doing what has to be done in response to a recent issue involving my son. I have printed it and put it in my purse for encouragement as we get thru the next few weeks of more therapy, new rules and structure to our family life, etc.
It's exciting to get noticed by the Washington Post. But honestly it's the time spent with my daughter and emails like one this that make the effort the most rewarding.

If you have any "tricks" to blogging. I'd love to hear them. I'm always looking for new ways to do things and make it even easier.

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Stop the Spending

Michigan's economy is in the tank. Yet the teachers union wants us to give them more money each year automatically, equal to the rate of inflation.
The proposal, placed on the ballot by the Legislature under pressure from the education lobby, would guarantee that public schools, colleges and universities get funding hikes each year equal to the rate of inflation, or 5 percent, whichever is lower.
Michgan has the third highest unemployment in the country at seven percent. The arrogance of the MEA to demand more of our money while everyone else is losing jobs and taking pay cuts is astounding. Even they know it. In an effort side stepping their own ballot initiative, they're pressuring our legislature to vote on it instead of the general public. A website, Stop the Spending Mandate has been set up to help understand the proposal. Both our Republican Senate Majority Leader and our Democrat Governor oppose the bill. That ought to tell you something.

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Thursday, June 22, 2006

Finally A Voice of Reason

The UK's Libertarian Alliance has issued a report today in support of the Belgian family who is being persecuted by authorities.

The Report - The Belgian State versus Home Schooling: The Persecution of Dr Alexandra Colen and Dr Paul Belien - by Professor John Kersey, is published by The Libertarian Alliance, the radical free market and civil liberties policy institute based in London.

Professor Kersey finds:

* That Dr Paul Belien, Editor of The Brussels Journal, has faced official and semi-official intimidation over an article he published in favour of the right to self-defence;

* That Dr Belien and his wife, Dr Alexandra Colen (who is a Member of the Belgian Parliament), face a systematic attack on their right to educate their children at home.

Commenting on the Report, Dr Sean Gabb, Director of the Libertarian Alliance, says:
"For a journalist, there can be few rights more fundamental than to freedom of speech. For parents, there can be no right more fundamental than of being able to bring up their children in what they consider the right values. " (emphasis added)

Amen and amen!

(So how long will it take before someone accuses these folks of fearmongering for membership?)

See related posts, A Clash Of Worldviews and Stupid in Belgium for more information.

(HT: Izzy)

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Homeschool Wiki

Someone has set up a homeschool wiki- Know Homeschool. A few weeks ago, I fumbled around with it and managed to set up a page for homeschool blogs. The list is already grown since then. If your not familiar with wikis and how they work, this is a great opportunity to learn something new about the internet, homeschooling, and share your blog with others.

Scott Somerville shares how to add a link.
The Bluedorns are blogging about it too. They share that someone has added a classical homeschool page.

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So Much For Salt and Light

Brittany McComb's high school valeictorian speech was cut short and her mic turned off by officials. According to the school's legal counsel her speech crossed the line from talk to "preaching" religion.

District legal counsel Bill Hoffman said the regulation allows students to talk about religion, but speeches can't cross into the realm of preaching.

"We review the speeches and tell them they may not proselytize," Hoffman said. "We encourage people to talk about religion and the impact on their lives. But when
that discussion crosses over to become proselytizing, then we to tell students they can't do that."

So what's the difference? Isn't one persons talk another person's proselytizing? How blessed we are to have the "neutral" state and their agents in the schools to help us determine which is which.

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Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Clash of Worldviews

Last week I posted about the family in Belgium having trouble with their government for homeschooling. The father, Paul Belien, is editor of the Brussels Journal. Belien refuses to sign a document that commits to raising his children according to the United Nations Convention on Children's Rights. His wife updates today,

If the Belgian authorities decide to prosecute us we think we can win in court - at least if the court bases its verdict on the Belgian Constitution. In order to prepare for court cases we have established a Vlaams Centrum voor Huisonderwijs (Flemish Home Education Centre), which can be contacted here. There is, unfortunately, always the possibility that activist judges will rule that the UN Convention overrules the Belgian Constitution. If this is the case, the consequences are far-reaching. Not only for us. In effect it would mean that the laws, and even the Constitution, of our lands are no longer decided by the people of the land, but by the UN, i.e. the international club of states that includes members such as North Korea, China, Cuba, Zimbabwe, Iran,...
Valerie Moon provides some interesting insight and links into the Belgian culture and politics that are helpful.

In Belgium, in addition to the good food, there is a separatist movement, and a separatist party is Vlaams Belang, formerly Vlaams Blok. The man who was summoned to the police station, Mr. Belien, who apparently is a flash point for Belgian authorities, is married to one of the Members of Parliament for the Vlaams Belang party, the lady who posted the report on the blog.
I'm not sure of all the political reasons for singling out this family now, after already successfully educating three of their four children. I'm sure there are many facets to this case we don't know or understand. This appears to be more about a clash of worldviews than of just homeschooling. I came across this quote by Mr. Belien that tells a little more about their family's worldview,
Europeans have foolishly replaced God by the State as the one on whom they rely to take care of all their needs from cradle to grave. The religious vacuum has led to a demographic vacuum, because those who lose faith in God lose faith in the future as well. A civilization that has created a religious and a demographic vacuum is bound to perish.
If this is indicative of what the "separatists" stand for, I can see why the state is trying to keep him quiet. This is definitely one to watch.

Related Blogs: Principled Discovery, Texas Ed., HE & OS

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Free Lunch For Kids

Free lunch for the kiddos at Panera today
In celebration of the first day of summer on June 21st, Panera Bread is providing a "Today I'm Taking Mom to Lunch at Panera Bread!" coupon, inviting kids to take Mom to lunch to thank them for all their hard work!
It's basically a "buy a meal get a kids meal free coupon" to roll out their kids menu. My children take me out to Panera at least once a month. (All I have to do is pretend to have a really bad day!) Today, I think I'll return the favor and treat a few of them.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Someone's Listening

Yesterday, I encouraged mommy bloggers to keep blogging because you never know who might be reading. Well, one day later, I found out how true that is.

Today's Washington Post provides a recap of what the blogs are saying about Linda Hirshman's op-ed and surprisingly, they devoted some space to my post The Wrath of Stay-at-Home Moms.

Karen Braun, who blogs at spunkyhomeschool.blogspot.com, also criticized Hirshman for admitting that she tuned out some critics. Braun is a college-educated mother of 6 who, as her blog name might suggest, homeschools her children. She notes that it might be possible that the "queen bee" of the working woman has been dethroned by a growing number of little bees busy in the blogosphere and she doesn't like it? Today, the voices of stay at home moms can be heard by anyone willing to click over and read what we're saying...Slowly women are catching a vision, one blog at a time, for what their heart told them was true all along - being a wife and mother is the most lucrative career around."
The Internet is truly an amazing place. Keep on bloggin'. A collection of bloggers working to share information and thoughts without feeling threatened by differences of opinion will serve our society as whole quite well.

Here's a few links to others sharing their thoughts,

Susannah Cox
Holy Experience
Mental Multivitamin
The Thinking Mother
Sagerats
Solo Feminity


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Parading Through My Email

While our family has been parading through town this weekend, I've had a parade of things pass through my inbox. Here's a peek at both.

The Carnival of Homeschooling has gone to the birds thanks to Gary at Homeschool Buzz.

For those who liked Fridge Frames, they will be on QVC today at 2PM with a special offer. Two frames for under $20. I posted about them here.

Immunizatiotions A new vaccine, Gardasil, has been developed for the prevention of HPV; the leading cause of cerival cancer in women. That sounds well and good. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, especially where cancer is involved. But there's one hitch, the success of the vaccine depends on women getting the vaccine before they become s*xually active and possibly infected with the virus. Some want to the vaccine to be a mandatory requirement for middle school girls. No thanks, I think we'll abstain. (Thanks to Moe for sending me the link.)

Speaking of abstinence, purity rings are very popular. Should school girls be forced to take off their purity rings because of a dress code? For some girls in the UK the choice is to remove the ring or miss lessons.

A few people have emailed and asked how much time I spend preparing for Tapestry of Grace. That's a difficult question to answer. I plan the unit ahead of time which takes a few hours. Then weekly I go over what each child should be reading and doing. There is also a weekly library run for books as well. Because we school year round, I don't mind spending extra weeks on some topics. So some weeks, it seems like I spend a lot of time preparing and other weeks hardly any at all. Since this curriculum was new to me this year, I also spent more time in the first few weeks than I do now that I know how it works. I hope that answers the question. I am planning on doing a year end round up on how Tapestry of Grace has worked for us since I often get emails about our curriculum.


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Monday, June 19, 2006

The Wrath of Stay-at-Home Moms

Linda Hirshman, attorney and feminist extraordinaire, responded in Sunday's Washington Post to the internet firestorm ignited by her November '05 American Prospect article on the failure of feminism.

As a self-appointed phiolospher for the modern woman, Ms. Hirshman believes it is her role to tell people how to live their lives.

[I]'m a philosopher, and it's a philosopher's job to tell people how they should lead their lives. We've been doing so since Socrates. And yet, even though I knew the Greeks made Socrates drink poison, the reaction to my judgment took me by surprise. It turns out that was what people really hated: the judgment. That working women have the better life.
It wasn't just in the American Prospect that she told women to keep the faith of feminism. In a Good Morning America interview Ms. Hirishman told us in no uncertain terms that stay-at-home mothers live uncomplicated and utterly unfulfilling lives.

In times past, such pontificating would have been praised and gone largely unchallenged. But the times they are a changin'. Enter an old voice in a new media- the mommy blogger. Needless to say, Ms. Socrates wasn't thrilled with our arrival.

The mommyblogs vilified me as a single, childless, bitter loser; the feminists claimed women weren't quitting; and a chorus of other voices didn't care what I said -- criticizing women just wasn't allowed. A handful of political thinkers did concede that I had raised the biggest issue left for feminism -- justice in the family -- but it was definitely a minority report.

I doubt that an article in an elite policy magazine would have become one of the most talked about and e-mailed pieces of social commentary in recent years without the Internet. Before, a controversial article would have generated letters to the editor, and maybe some follow-up in other traditional media. The Internet enables people who would never have passed that narrow gate to add their voices, it makes the voices expand exponentially -- and there's never a down moment.

But it wasn't just any voice that passed through the narrow gate that flustered our feminist friend. It was the fundamentalist voices that got to her the most.

I learned something people really need to know. The aggressive domesticity is not coming only from a bunch of women who can't manage all the demands on their time. Time and again, when I could identify the sources of the most rabid criticism and Google them, male and female, they had fundamentalist religious stuff on their Web sites or in the involuntary biographies that Google makes possible. A lot of the fundamentalism behind the stay-at-home mom movement is overt, such as the letters worrying about my soul that appeared after the head of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary suggested his followers chat me up. But a lot of it is covert, such as the identity of the authors of manuals disguised as tips on frugal housekeeping, but actually proselytizing women to stay home, as the Bible suggests.
So let me see if I have this right. It's okay for Ms. Hirshman to preach the gospel of Betty Friedan. But let a bunch of uncomplicated, unfulfilled, stay-at-home moms blog the Truth of Jesus Christ and share tips on housekeeping; and she gets her legal briefs all twisted and labels us "aggresively domestic?" Oh, please!

Or could it be that the "queen bee" of the working woman has been dethroned by a growing number of little bees busy in the blogosphere and she doesn't like it? Today, the voices of stay at home moms can be heard by anyone willing to click over and read what we're saying. And for the first time in a generation, women are hearing another side to the story and she feels threatened by their buzz?

So what's a courageous, independent feminsit to do when faced with such criticism?

Well. There was no chance that I was going to shut up. I'm retired. If I'm not going to raise hard questions for women, who will? So I did what any sensible person would do when exposed for the first time to the unmediated content of the Internet. I stopped reading it.
Well, bully for you, Ms. Hirshman! Join the club. We've been tuning you and all the other "femi-vangelists" out for a quite a few years now. Remember, that's what got your dander up in the first place and caused you to fret over the failure of feminism.

As elite educated women, we've betrayed the cause. We've stopped reading and believing the baseless, self-absorbed feminist philosophy. Instead we've gone back to the Truth and are making the choice to stay home and have a baby. (Maybe even more than one!) And making matters even worse, we're daring enough to tell others the good news too. You may call that "aggressively domestic." I prefer to call it, "fundamentally feminine". And while we're busy raising our children, we're raising a few hard questions of our own. After all, if we don't, who will?

So preaching the same old tired message of discontent isn't going to work anymore. Unlike generations past, women don't have to rely on the narrow minded media to get the Truth out. Everyday we're publishing mini manifestos of our own. I think you referred to that as a samizdat. Slowly women are catching a vision, one blog at a a time, for what their heart told them was true all along - being a wife and mother is the most lucrative career around.

And to my fellow mommy blogger, let me encourage you. The next time, you think your writing is all for naught, keep on blogging. You never know, Ms. Hirshman may feel courageous again one day and read your blog. But even if she doesn't, I know there are others, lurking in the shadows of the blogosphere reading and wondering if they can make the choice to stay home too. And finally there are sensible voices shouting from the unmediated Internet saying, "YES YOU CAN!"

Note: You can read my personal story of choosing family over career in my follow up post, Here's to you, Linda Hirshman.

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Sunday, June 18, 2006

Here's to you, Linda Hirshman

In honor of Linda Hirshman's article in Sunday's Washington Post, I am reposting one of my favorite entries, "Choosing Home". It is my personal story of how I left the life of the educated elite; to become an uncomplicated, unfulfilled simpleton, with nothing better to do than have babies and blog.

I was raised in the 70's in a suburb just minutes from downtown Detroit. I vaguely remember the '68 riots and vividly remember the day Nixon resigned. Abortion became legal. And in the era of ERA (Equal Rights Amendment) and the feminine mystique, women were declaring their independence. Ant that is exactly the way I was raised. To be self sufficient and ready to tackle life head on. My dad used to introduce me to his collegues as "the future president of IBM". That sounded nice, but there was one problem - I was not very outgoing. A true wall flower. In high school, I would have been voted "the girl most likely to be forgotten" had anyone remembered to vote for me. But I got good grades and did what I was told. That was enough to keep me out of trouble and get me into the Universityof Michigan.

When I left home, I told my parents that I was going to college to get a degree. And if by chance I decided to get married, it would be to a doctor. That way, we could live in a large house and I would never see him only his money. And I would be free to pursue my own interests.

God had other ideas.

I gave my life to Christ my first year there. Through excellent discipleship and fellowship God was able to root out many false notions that had been deposited in my youth. Christ also gave me an inner confidence that I had lacked. But I held firm on marriage. It wasn't for me. Many others were there for an "Mrs." degree but I was all business. I majored in computers. This suited my logical and analaytical skills fairly well. And as an added bonus, the corporations were hungry for women in this field so I figured finding a job would be easy after graduation.

But then I had to go and meet Steve. So marriage was for me after all. We met in January of 84, my junior year. He was dating someone else and had recently become a Christian. I had no time for a social life. I was working 2 jobs and with my studies I didn't want to think about a serious relationship. God, however, had other plans. By September he was available and by October we were engaged. I couldn't believe it. (And neither could he.) We set a date for May 31, 1986.

This was also the time when I took my first "real" job as a computer sales representative for a company in our area. I quickly excelled. I was earning nearly $4000 a month selling computers. The PC industry was booming and so was my career. Full steam ahead. Maybe I would be president of IBM after all. But then came the choice.

Choosing Home

We had been married about 6 months. With graduation finally behind me, I was free to build a career in the growing computer industry. Steve also took his first job as a sales representative for a trucking company. We both loved what were doing but something didn't seem quite right to me. We would go to work, come home in the evening, eat, catch up on stuff, fall into bed exhausted, and wake up to do it all over again. I began to pray that God would lead me in the ways he desired. I made a commitment when we were married to do everything I could to make Steve successful and not be a hinderance to God's plans for him. But I felt like that's what I was becoming. My career was taking up more and more of my time and I had less time to focus on being his wife. I realized that if it came down to a choice between my husband needing me at home on a given day and my boss needing me at work I would probably choose the job over my husband. After all I reasoned, Steve's a grown man. He can take care of himself. But the tug was still there despite my best efforts to pretend otherwise. I needed to put my marriage ahead of my career even before I had a child to care for. I discussed with Steve my decision to leave my career behind. He was very supportive. We had previously decided that I would work until we had children. This change would mean a substantial loss of income. Steve encouraged me to do what God was leading me to do.

So one Monday morning, I went into my boss's office and put in my notice. He was stunned. He questioned why I would leave such a lucrative job and the beginnings of a great career just to be a help mate to my husband. I didn't expect him to understand but his bewilderment was slightly unsettling. He tried to convince me to stay. I felt somewhat doubtful myself to be honest. This did seem kind of foolish. But in the end I knew that I had to "choose home" and trust where God desired me to be. So I held firm and told him I couldn't be persuaded to stay.

Later that same day, my boss came over to my desk. He asked if I could watch the office for a little while. He seemed kind of agitated. I asked if everything was okay with their newborn daughter. He said yes she was fine but that the babysitter didn't show up and his wife needed to go to work. She needed him to come and watch the baby and find a replacement. As the words were leaving his lips, his face showed a new understanding of my decision. He realized I was choosing to go home to support my husband while his wife was choosing to leave. He got it and I never had to explain my convictions to him again. I had chosen to be home, where a wife needs to be.

As for my boss, I found out years later that he and his wife were divorced. For some reason that didn't surprise me. Women cannot have it all.

In saying so, I probably won't win many popularity contests with the "in" crowd. But that's okay I've gotten kind of used to being the girl most likely to be forgetten anyway.

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Saturday, June 17, 2006

Classical Preschool



Elaina (2) has passed Hebrew and is confidently moving on to Greek.

I'll be gone for the rest of the day. If you're looking for some food for thought on education, check out LaShawn's blog post "The Real Problem With No Child Left Behind." In the comments someone asked what a well-educated child means to me. Here's my response.

My children's success in education is not determined by a degree or a dollar. A well educated child is one who knows and loves the Lord their God with all their heart, mind, soul, and strength, and loves their neighbor as themselves.

Friday, June 16, 2006

Parenting Is Fun!!!

Slate's, Emily Yoffe wants us all to remember that parenting may be a lot of work, but it's also a lot of fun too.

In our society parents do a wonderful job of portraying the difficulties of having children: the financial burdens, the time drain, the guilt, the exhaustion. But we do a lousy job of getting across something else about parenthood: It's fun! When you are experiencing parenthood from the inside, there is an overwhelming pleasure in the funny, fascinating things your children do. When my daughter was 2, she put her arms around me as I was kissing her goodnight and said to me, "Mommy, you're a wonderful husband." That was better than any of the movies I hadn't been to since she was born.
A great read and an excellent reminder.

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Scientists say....

I just love it when politicians and policy makers use science for their pet programs. Using the "fact 85 percent of the brain's capacity is developed in the first five years of life" former Michigan superintendant of schools, Tom Watkins, continues the drum beat for state funded preschool.

This scientific fact should make every sensible person take pause and ask, why do we not begin the formal investment in education until a child is five or six years of age? I recall leaving my home a few years back to give a speech on the importance of high quality preschool education and my teenage daughter inquired where I was going. When I told her I was going to give a speech on the value of investing in our youngest kids and that 85 percent of the brain is developed in the first few precious years of life, she looked at me with that "boy, are you old folks stupid" look and responded, "if that is so, why does school not begin for most kids until after that important time has passed, duh?!"

If an inquisitive, snarly teen "gets it," you would think the resources for this critical investment would be flowing like miners seeking their fortune during the California gold rush.

Mr. Watkins, your snarly teen doesn't get it. Her response demonstrates why my children WILL NOT be in a state funded preschool! Unlike you or your daughter, we don't want the state raising our babies during their most critical time! Duh! Even California voters "get it". So why can't you?

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Thursday, June 15, 2006

Stupid in Belgium

Remember the ABC education special 20/20 Stupid in America: How We Cheat Our Kids. by John Stossel? In one of the segments, Stossel spotlighted school children from Belgium. The Belgian children made their American counterparts look really stupid.

He might consider returning to do a follow-up special: 20/20 Stupid in Belgium: How Socialists Hate Homeschooling.

The editor of the Brussels Journal is facing possible prosecution for homeschooling. The dispute stems from the government's acceptance of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and its incorporation into their law.

Since we started homeschooling in the 1990s the homeschooling movement in Belgium has been growing. The number of homeschoolers is small, comprising only 02 children in primary school and 311 children in high school. Nevertheless the figure has quadrupled in the past five years, as parents are seceding from the official schools where drugs and violence are rampant and pupils are indoctrinated with political correctness and socialism.

The fact that a growing group of children seems to be escaping from the government's influence clearly bothers the authorities. Three years ago a new school bill was introduced. The new bill refers to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and it obliges homeschooling parents to fill out a questionaire and sign an official "declaration of homeschooling" in which they agree to school their children "respecting the respect [sic] for the fundamental human rights and the cultural values of the child itself and of others."

If Stossel did an expose, I doubt the Belgian officials and educators would come out looking quite so dazzling and smart. Especially considering that there is a much larger group of people coming into their country, threatening to destabilize their whole way of life.

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Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Nothing Resolved

Southern Baptists Won't Consider Public School "Exit Strategy"

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Leaders of the nation's largest Protestant denomination declined Wednesday to forward to the full Southern Baptist Convention a resolution urging the creation of a strategy for removing Southern Baptist children from public schools in favor of home schooling or education at private schools.

The "exit strategy" proposal, offered by Roger Moran of Troy, Mo., and Texas author Bruce Shortt, came as many Southern Baptists are concerned about how classrooms are handling subjects such as homosexuality and "intelligent design."

But the SBC's resolution's committee instead decided to urge members to "engage the culture of our public school systems" by exterting "godly influence," declining to put Moran and Shortt's proposal before delegates to the SBC's annual meeting.

I'm sure they'll be back proposing this again next year. I applaud both men for challenging all Christians to consider our decisions as parents. It sure helped make for some interesting blogging too!

I'm curious, why do the Baptists need these resolutions anyway? If a pastor thinks there should be an "exit strategy" is he prohibited from saying so until a resoluton passes? Do Baptist parents make their decisions based on the SBC? The politics of religion is an interesting study. By the way, I'm not the only blogger who's wondering about this.

In other SBC news:

Bloggers are credited with electing the new SBC President, Dr. Frank Page.

For those who follow the internal politics of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) somewhat less avidly than the NBA playoffs or even the World Cup, perhaps the most interesting news out of their annual meeting, held this week in Greensboro, N.C., is that bloggers elected a president.
Someone should write a book about how they did it. I humbly suggest the title, An Army of Baptists with a forward by none other than Glenn Reynolds of course.

Blogging is truly changing the way we do business and run churches isn't it? Hopefully, we'll help change the way we educate in this country too.

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Life Without Parole

That's the sentence David Ludwig received today.
David Ludwig, the Lititz teenager who shot and killed his young girlfriend's parents last November, pleaded guilty and was sentenced today to life in prison without parole.
According to this report, Borden met Ludwig at a homeschool support meeting. Her parents were unhappy with their relationship. The murder took place after Kara Borden's father confronted him one evening. Ludwig later told investigators it was his decision alone to kill her parents.
Judge David Ashworth, at the close of the proceeding, told Ludwig that his "selfish" acts that day had destroyed not only two lives, but Ludwig's own and those of the victims' families, "and nothing you can do or say will ever change that."
According to the Borden's attorney, Kara now lives in another state with her siblings.
"I think she's happy to get this behind her and recapture her teenage years," Beyer said.
I pray that this is possible.

(HT: Izzy)

Related links
Extreme Parenting

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Fridge Frame Fundraiser

Are you looking for a way for your family, church, or organization to raise some cash? Maybe even starting a little business with one of your children? And at the same time cleaning up the clutter on your refridgerator door.

Check out magnetic Fridge Frames. Fridge Frames is like having "Creative Memories" right on your fridge. Only without all the work.

I stumbled upon them when I was out shopping last summer. I bought a few to give for gifts. My family loved them. That's when I discovered their fundraising option.

We used Fridge Frame to help our children pay their homeschool band expenses. We were able to raise close to $300 for our family alone. Most families had similar success. This product sells itself. They can even be personalized. The frames work on file cabinets so they are great to help organize photos at the office.

I don't advertise many products on my blog. But I jumped at the chance to help John Larson spread the word on his product. So if you're looking for a way to help pay for your school books or soccer team, check them out.

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Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Where's Dad?

Yesterday, I posted a question from a reader about single parent homeschooling.

There is another "single" parent homeschooler, though not quite as obvious as the true one parent household. That's the homeschooling mom whose husband supports homeschooling, but from a distance. He lives in the same house but shows little interest in what is actually going on in the home. I've met a few women recently who shared their struggle. They don't want to give up homeschooling, but they see no end in sight. I don't think disinterested husbands are unique to homeschool families, but this does present different challenges for the mom.

I've shared my own struggle with this issue, in From Honeymoon to Happy Home. You can read there how God helped me work through some of these issues. It was a difficult transition but we have enjoyed the blessings of a stronger marriage and family life.

If you're struggling with a husband who seems less than interested in his family; pray and pray some more. God will make a way. The solutions may not be exactly what you expect, or the results as quick as you would like; but be blessing to your family will be eternal.

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Monday, June 12, 2006

Around the Edu-sphere

David Boskovic has a two part interview up with Bill of Ask the Principal. As a public school principal, Bill shares his reasons to homeschool. This is an excellent interview from one of the blogosphere's best teen bloggers.

Another excellent teen blogger, Agent Tim, is live blogging the Southern Baptist Convention. In the next few days they will be debating the resolution to adopt an "Exit Strategy" from the public schools.

Classical educator Laurie Bluedorn shares Ten Things To Do Before Age Ten. (This is a chapter excerpt from their book, Teaching the Trivium)

Laurie's daughter, Joahanna, just published another book. Little Bitty Baby Learns Greek. My 2 year old scholar loved the Hebrew version, we'll see how she does with the Greek.

The Carnival of Homeschooling is up at About Homeschooling.

Why Homeschool has an interview with author Beverly Eakman.

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Political Pandering

Back in February, Washington State declared June 11-17, Homeschool Week.

WHEREAS, The State of Washington recognizes home education as a valuable educational alternative; and

WHEREAS, The importance of parental involvement in children's education and character development is critical; and

WHEREAS...

WHEREAS, Blah...blah...blah and Rah! Rah! Rah! (you can click here to read the rest.)

How exciting! (Big yawn.)

To me, this is just a bunch of politicans pandering to a growing block of likely voters. If these legislators are seriously pro homeschooling, I'd like to suggest a few changes to their resolution:

WHERE, AS we believe the state exists to serve the the parent, not the parent to the state;

WE DO HERE BY RESOLVE, no longer to require a parent to file a letter of intent with the state. It's none of our business if you decide to homeschool. And to show our complete confidence in your abilities to direct the affairs of your children;

WE DO HERE BY RESOLVE, to remove all qualifications for a parent to teach their own children. In good faith we no longer require that a homeschooling parent either;

1) be supervised by a certified teacher, or 2) have 45 college quarter credit hours or completed a course in home education, or 3) be deemed qualified by the local superintendent.

and to further establish just how much we really do trust you;

WE DO HERE BY RESOLVE to remove the requirement that the parent:
Annually administer and retain a state approved standardized test by a qualified person or have the child evaluated by a certified teacher currently working in the field of education.
When I see a resolution like this, I'll believe that Washington's politicians are seriously pro-homeschooling. Until then whoop dee do.

(HT: Gena)

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Single Parent Homeschooling

Chris asked in a comment,

I am thinking about homeschooling next year. I'm a single mom. I was just trying to figure out how to do this...I don't know where to start. You all seem so experienced in this... any advice? Thank you.
I'd like to applaud you, Chris, for even thinking that this would be possible in your situation. Many people would just assume they can't do it. The fact that you are even considering the idea, shows how much you care and want the best for your children.

Here are some resources that may help you:

Single Parents Can Homeschool
Single Parent Homeschooling
Pine Blossom's Single Parent Homeschool Website
Janet's Journal (Pine Blossom's Blog)
Maggie Raye's Blog

and one of my favorite all around homeschool websites, The A to Z of Homeschooling.

If anyone has any experience in this area, please share your thoughts.

Saturday, June 10, 2006

God Games

Are you going to let your children play the new "God Games"?
Wage a war of apocalyptic proportions in LEFT BEHIND: Eternal Forces - a real-time strategy game based upon the best-selling LEFT BEHIND book series created by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins. Join the ultimate fight of Good against Evil, commanding Tribulation Forces or the Global Community Peacekeepers, and uncover the truth about the worldwide disappearances!
Points are given for salvations and deducted for killings. Playing by yourself or in a group over the internet, you can:
Conduct physical & spiritual warfare : using the power of prayer to strengthen your troops in combat and wield modern military weaponry throughout the game world.
According to their website, the goal is to create a new genre of video game entertainment.
To date, not one high-quality video game has been marketed to this same audience. It is management's belief that LEFT BEHIND will be a catalyst for a new genre of video game entertainment; known, as stated by the Wall Street Journal, as "God Games".
You can watch a short ABC News clip on the games here.

In a recent LA Times article this is what one critic had to say,
"We're going to push this game at Christian kids to let them know there's a cool shooter game out there," said attorney Jack Thompson, an author and outspoken
critic of video game violence. "Because of the Christian context, somehow it's OK? It's not OK. The context is irrelevant. It's a mass-killing game."
I'd rather have my children spend their time praying for the real forces that defend our nation each day; then mindlessly sitting at a computer fighting off imaginary ones. Further, a sanitized version to compete with games like Grand Theft Auto is ridiculous. This creates an appetite I just don't want to introduce in my children. Once the appetite is created it needs an increasing thrill to satisfy the appetite. Needless to say, we're leaving these video games behind.

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Pathway to Socialism

A few days ago, I posted on how an idea evolves into an institution. There is no place more obvious than in the government run schools; where bad ideas become national strategies and possibly even the law of the land. The latest idea is "choosing a major" for high schoolers.

As legislators try to curb high school dropout rates, a new trend has emerged: Several states are forcing high schoolers to get a jump-start on their futures by declaring majors.Florida is the most recent state to hop on the trend.

Governor Jeb Bush signed a bill Monday requiring high school students declare a "major area of interest" in order to graduate. The measure is just one part of Governor Bush's sweeping educational-reform program, A++ Plan for Education.

South Carolina already has implemented a plan, Personal Pathways to Success that requires students to declare a major from a career cluster. Even though the plan has no data proving it's success Inez Tenenbaum, state superintendent of education for South Carolina believes other states would "benefit from following South Carolina and Forida's lead."

See what I mean about bad ideas becoming institutions.

Most other states are implement various forms of what Florida calls "Ready to Work". When it was introduced in my state, Michigan, it was known as School-to-Work. But whatever they call this bad idea, it's just a matter of time before all 50 states have a credentialing system in place. This isn't a "Personal Pathway to Success", it's the state's "Pathway to Socialism."

Don't be fooled into thinking this reform package won't affect homeschoolers either. It will.

For those that believe that public education can be reformed, keep in mind, so do a few others. And they're doing their best to reform them. The schools are agents in the best interest of the state, not educators in the best interest of the child. It's none of the state's business what my child wants to be when they grow up!

For more information on where this is all headed, you can read.

Pick Your Major
Teach to the Test, Please

For those who have been reading my blog for a while, this may be old news. But I feel it is necessary to keep informing new people who happen to stumble across my blog what's going on in education reform. So what do you think of the government's "good idea"?

(HT: Anne)

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Friday, June 09, 2006

Blogging the Bible

What happens when an ignoramus reads the Good Book? That's the question Slate's David Plotz is asking after he picked up a bible for the first time recently.

I have always been a proud Jew, but never a terribly observant one. Several weeks ago, I made a rare visit to synagogue for a cousin's bat mitzvah and, as usual, found myself confused (and bored) by a Hebrew service I couldn't understand. During the second hour of what would be a ceremony of NFL-game-plus-overtime-length, I picked up the Torah in the pew-back, opened it at random, and started reading (the English translation, that is). I was soon engrossed in a story I didn't know, Genesis Chapter 34....

So, the tale of Dinah unsettled me, to say the least. If this story was strutting cheerfully through the back half of Genesis, what else had I forgotten or never learned? I decided I would, for the first time as an adult, read the Bible. And I would blog about it as I went along...

My goal is pretty simple. I want to find out what happens when an ignorant person actually reads the book on which his religion is based.

I admire his honesty and willingness to dig in and learn about the Bible. Many say they don't believe the Bible but have never actually read it. Currently, he's up to the book of Exodus.

Our family is reading through the bible. We're about ready to finish the New Testament for the second time. We haven't made it throught the Old Testament completely. I know there are guides to read through the bible in a year, but we're not taking it that fast.We're at Psalm 119. We try to read a little of both every night. Hopefully we'll finish before someone decides to move out!

Have you read through the bible as a family? How long did it take? We are also about to begin a family study on the basic Truths of Christianity. We'll all inividually work through the book each day. Then, once a week, we'll get together and discuss what we've learned.

What Bible study helps have worked for your family?

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Thursday, June 08, 2006

If You Give Someone An Idea...

A 12 Step Plan For Institutional Living

1. Someone gets an idea.

2. Someone decides to act on his idea and do something.

3. Someone else observes someone's idea and decides to do something too.

4. Someone and someone else link arms and do something together.

5. Together they form the Something Group.

6. The Something Group experiences great success doing something.

7. Someone #1 writes the Something Book about doing something.

8. Someone #1 goes on Oprah and talks about the Something Book.

9. Something Groups emerge all over the country.

10. The Something Movement is born.

11. The Something Movement gets organized and becomes the Institute of Something (secular), The First Church of Something (religious), or worse the Department of Something (Government).

12. Disillusioned with the whole organization, someone gets an idea.

If someone doesn't do something about this soon, we're all destined to be institutionalized.

So, does anyone have any ideas?


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Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Godless

Ann Coulter has a new book out, "Godless: The Church of Liberalism." Here's what she said about homeschooling in an exclusive interview with Human Events Online,

In Godless, you mention that a far greater number of children are sexually abused each year by educators than by priests. You also write about the sex-education programs in public schools. What suggestions do you have for parents on dealing with these issues?

As an emergency measure: home school. As a long term solution: encourage your home-schooled children to become public school teachers and destroy the temple of liberalism.

In general, I've enjoyed Ann Coulter's writing. But she definitely lost me on that point. Homeschooling isn't an emergency measure, it's a long term solution. And suggesting our children become teachers to destroy the "temple of liberalism", is like telling someone get a job in Health and Human Services to destroy welfare. It doesn't make any sense to me at all. Maybe this was just Ann being her usual slightly sarcastic self and I missed the humor. Was this supposed to be funny?

(HT: Drudge)

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A Change of Heart

Encouraged by his wife's prayer and persistance, this one time anti-homeschooling pastor decides to take the plunge.

Well, Noah finished school last week at the public elementary here in Milton. It's a good school, with good teachers, and good aids, but we are planning to home-school next year. I've had a few conversations about homeschooling vs. public vs. Christian vs. whatever, and it blows my mind how people love to debate this topic.

Although, if I'm honest, I've come a long way...I use to be pretty anti-homeschool, myself. (snip)

The bottom line: Jenna is very godly wife and an incredible woman, she has been praying about this for quite a while and my heart softened to it over the last year-or-so.

I have quite a few moms who read my blog and would love to homeschool, but their husbands are not quite on board yet. Keep praying. God will make a way. Thankfully, my husband and I were together on this issue before we were married. It is curious to me that most of the time the mother is the first to decide to homeschool. I wonder why that is? Who was the first in your family's decision to homeschool?

He's right about the debate on this topic. The Southern Baptists are gearing up for their convention where the topic will be front center as they debate a resolution calling for an exit strategy from the public schools. (Here's the pro and the con position in their debate.)

And if you missed my exchange with Dr. Tony Beam here are the links in order.

Christians Are Needed in the Public Schools (Dr. Beam)
Another Pastor Speaks Against Homeschooling (My response.)
Dr. Beams Responds
How Should Christians Educate Their Children? (My response.)

and a few other links of interest
What's the Harm?
Why do we Educate? (My thoughts on an "equal education")

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Universal Failure

California's proposal for universal preschool went down in flames yesterday. Voters overwhelmingly rejected Proposition 82, spearheaded by Rob Reiner.

`It doesn't look good,'' admitted Hollywood director Rob Reiner, who spoke to about 200 supporters at a Los Angeles hotel ballroom shortly after 10 p.m. But he vowed to fight on, saying that the push for universal preschool would not go away. ``This is important, and if it is not today the train has left the station.''
The proposal would have taxed those making over $400,000 a year to allow all one year of paid preschool for all four year olds. And in a few years they'd add the three year olds, and then the two's, and then...

Motherhood is God's plan for universal preschool. Anything else is just a cheap imitation.

To understand the importance of this issue to homeschoolers, read A Weapon of Mass Instruction in The War On Toddlers (HT: Susan at Corn and Oil)

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Tuesday, June 06, 2006