Feb 24, 2011

Homeschooling Legally

I think every homeschooler's nightmare would be someone from the state showing up on their doorstep! Every state has different guidelines for homeschoolers, some more relaxed than others. We must know our laws and our rights in order to prevent any conflict with the government. 

Feb 21, 2011

Pujols: More Than a Game

Pujols: More Than The Game is a book by Scott Lamb and Tim Ellsworth that tells about Albert Pujol's life and career. There are twenty five chapters telling this “rags to riches” story, and most of all glorifying God in each part of it. Although the book is laced with numbers and stats from his career, it does not overtake the book.

This book really lets the reader see the man behind the uniform, and how important God is in his life. Each chapter begins with a quote from Pujols, which I really enjoyed. Part 1 has nine chapters that tell of his life from Santo Domingo to St. Louis. Part 2 tells about his life in the major leagues. 

At the end of the book, there is an index where you can look up specific topics in the book and see what it says. If you like baseball, and want to know more about this man of mystery, this book will satisfy your curiosity. It's good to finally have a hero in the spotlight, who actually tries to set a good example for our children.   

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Feb 2, 2011

What Makes a School Great?

What Makes a School Great?

This was the title on the front of Time magazine for the September issue.  The subtitle printed on a school bus full of kids states: "It all starts with the
teachers."  I knew immediately I would not like this article.

Why? Maybe its because I'm a former teacher.  Maybe its because I believe America's problems start in the home.  Maybe its because I think government is too big and needs to butt out.

Whatever my reasoning, our problems in the classroom DO NOT lay solely on teachers.  America apparently agrees, because when asked in a poll what would increase student performance in the classroom, more involved parents came in first at 52%.  More effective teachers came in second with 24% of votes.

What about homeschoolers? Did you know that only 25% of homeschoolers have both parents working? While public school students have nearly 50% of both parents working. Income levels didn't change much between families in the study.* Homeschoolers outscored their public school peers by over 30%!** I'm not arguing the "working mom vs. stay at home mom" argument...I'm just saying it's all about the family! 

If more families focused on parent involvement in their kid's lives, you would see its effects in the public school system. Behavior would be much better because kids would have consistent discipline and enough attention at home to suffice them. Academic scores would be higher because kids would have studied with parents the night before, had good quality meals, and encouragement from parents who value education. And that's just the beginning!

Teachers could focus on the fundamentals instead of "higher order thinking skills", character ed programs, nutrition, sex ed, and other things that should be taught in the home. 

 So, the moral here is: it's all about the family! It doesn't matter how much money your school district has....or how many great teachers they have....or how well your kids do on government imposed standardized assessments.

Family and community is the core of a great school. Let's stop blaming teachers for our problems, and focus on our family, which involves putting God first in our homes. 

That's my soapbox...thanks for listening!