Coddling Our Children’s Minds

baby graduate-croppedOK, I admit it. This post is pretty much a rant.

Several things happened last week that spurred my thinking. First, my son Seth sent me an interesting article about how colleges have become so concerned with making sure none of their students are “offended” by what’s being taught that campuses are being scrubbed clean of “words, ideas, and subjects that might cause discomfort or give offense.” Just a sampling of perceived offensive statements included: asking Asian or Latino Americans “Where were you born?” (could be perceived as implying the person is not a true American), stating that “America is the land of opportunity” (could be perceived as a put-down of other cultures), or saying “I believe the most qualified person should get the job/award” (could be interpreted as a “qualification and/or racial bias”). [Read more…]

Homeschooling. A Conspiracy of the Religious Right?

Hi,

I wanted to interrupt my series about winter and homeschooling to share some articles I’ve been reading by Franky Schaeffer. Franky claims that the Christian homeschool movement of the past 30 years was spawned by and has been a tool for a conspiracy of religious right-wingers.

Let me preface my comments by saying that, while I was in graduate school, books by Francis and Edith Schaeffer were a breath of fresh air to me. At school, I was surrounded on one side by secular academia’s attack on Christianity as “delusional” and on the other side by the Christian group I belonged to at the time which was, shall we say, somewhat anti-intellectual. A lot of them had come out of the Jesus Movement and their brains may have been fried by the drugs they took beforehand. I don’t know. But I do know this – I had started working on a Ph.D. in biochemistry and was constantly running up against a theology that debunked science and any kind of higher learning as “unspiritual,” pointing out that the disciples were “unlearned men” as if that were some kind of criteria for believing in Jesus Christ. [Read more…]

How Homeschoolers Measure Up

The content below was taken from http://www.topmastersineducation.com/homeschooled/.

There’s a great infographic I’ve reproduced HERE>>

Once upon a time, all children were homeschooled. But around 150 years ago states started making public school mandatory and homeschooling eventually became illegal. It wasn’t until the 90’s that all states made it legal again. Today, with more than 2 million homeschoolers making up 4% of the school-aged population, it’s the fastest growing form of education in the country. [Read more…]

How Handwriting Trains the Brain

writing-story-600x411Well, it’s about that time of year again—summer break! Of course, most home schooling families tend to continue some sort of learning activities during the summer, but the daily home schooling schedule falls by the wayside for a few months. And about this time every year, we start hearing about the dreaded “Summer Slump.” [Read more…]

Don’t Help Your Kids With Their Homework!

girl_studying-600x399Well, one more cherished notion about education bites the dust.

A recent article in Atlantic magazine reported that having parents actively involved in their children’s education—meeting with teachers, volunteering at school, helping with homework, rewarding for good grades and punishing for bad, and doing all the other things the PTA and school administrators have told us can help our children succeed in school—can actually be detrimental to their children’s success in school. [Read more…]

Odds and Ends from Around the Web

timeoutbottleI’m not a big social media user because I rarely have time to hang out on Facebook or Twitter, but in the last few weeks have had some really interesting articles forwarded to me by friends. I think you’ll appreciate them as much as I did.

The first was a “Time Out Bottle:”

http://mycrazyblessedlife.com/2011/10/03/relax-bottletime-out-timer/

As someone who has three boys, two of whom were 16 months apart and all of whom could have been ADHD poster children when they were younger, this idea was super interesting and fun. Johanna Spaulding came up with a way to keep her hyperactive 3 year old calm and occupied by making a “relax bottle/time-out timer from a water bottle, some glue and a bottle of glitter. [Read more…]