18 May 2015

Explain Why 3 + 8 = 11

Why do our children have to prove they understand math by explaining it when they are unable to explain their Language Arts. If I asked my son to explain why he put a comma in a sentence, he would not even know the vocabulary to explain why.

Sentence: I went to school, and I took a test.

Explanation: When two independent clauses are connected with a coordinating conjunction, one needs to place a comma after the first independent clause and before the coordinating conjunction.

Does he know English if he can't explain it?

-- written by an activist mom on an education-related facebook page.  Used with her permission.

17 May 2015

May in Missouri

A spring storm that swept across Missouri churned up at least one tornado and is causing flooding along several rivers....
Posted by KCTV5 News on Sunday, May 17, 2015
My note:  Apparently a tornado also ripped through Orrick... again.  That's very close to where my son G lives (he's fine).  The top photo is of damage in Sibley, Missouri, last night.  Notice how the entire roof is gone, but somehow the china cups are untouched.  Other than having to wake the children in the middle of the night and cower in the basement for a little bit, we're remarkably unaffected.  We're in Clay County.

Iron Fish: The Lucky Way to Prevent Anemia.

BBC News also has a nice writeup about the efforts in Cambodia here.

16 May 2015

Public Schools Forcing Conversion to Christianity

 Valyntyne Hale (yeesh, what a name) and her dad like to worship the Devil and stuff.  Whatever.  Their life.  But her middle school won't let her wear dog collars and skirts so short, everyone can see her hoochie.

“The school is bound and determined to use any means necessary to try to convert her to Christianity,”  her dad whined recently.  The school made her change her skirt (and possibly remove her bondagewear - the article didn't mention).

Funny thing, that.  I think by this standard of measurement, most schools all over the world are now Christian schools.  The missionaries can all come home now.

Using Pens and Paper to Teach is UNFAIR. Stop It.

We understand all you old teachers find technology "terrifying," but really.  Since these kids text in their off-hours, you need to communicate with them in a way that they understand. So txt ur lessn 2 the kds frm now on thx.

The Microsoft Corporation

PS In other news, did you know schools can sell your kid's personal information - including learning or medical disabilities and contact information - to the highest bidder in the event of a sale?  Yeah.  You might want to rethink that internet charter school as a homeschooling alternative.

15 May 2015

The Day is Waiting - Book Review

Where will you go on a free day?

The Day is Waiting by Don Freeman and his wife Linda Zuckerman gives several possibilities.  It is exactly the sort of book you should give at a baby shower.  Read this book to babies and toddlers before bedtime.  It's very soothing. Freeman's illustrations are happy but placid.  I'd recommend this book for younger children, although my eight-year-old is pleased with the book as he could read it himself.

It's actually part of the collection of artwork that Freeman left behind when he died in 1978.  Text was added later to create a simple poem and storyline - in this case, a voyage to faraway places.  It's a hardcover book and about that standard 8 x 10 size, so unlike a softcover book, it will sit nicely on the shelf and take a bit of a beating by small children.

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