Agenda Directed Education

September 13, 2014 Leave a comment

My college direction was towards engineering. The liberal arts were the necessary evil I had to go through in order to achieve a degree. History was the only class I truly enjoyed while psychology, sociology and the other courses were considered as a nuisance. I was supposed to be getting a rounded education by taking these “extra” courses instead of math and science courses. I graduated and was considered well-rounded.

Looking back on my college education, I was fortunate to never encounter professors such as Mireille Miller-Young. My religious studies professor never indicated a preference to any belief or ideology. Indeed, all of my professors displayed a religious and political neutrality even during discussions or debates. These professors allowed me to grow and developed my own beliefs whether it was opposite of their beliefs or not.

You would believe a student going to college would be well educated but that is not the case. Students are indoctrinated with the professor’s belief. This I have mentioned in the past. It is difficult to get a true education when the student is encountering such professors. Even in the science world, there is a problem with ideology. All one needs to do is look at global warming. If you are not a believer of human caused global warming, success becomes very difficult. You must join the global warming cult in order to succeed. The same applied to string theory in physics. If you didn’t subscribe to the string theory belief you were ostracized.

There is another distorter of the college education. It is money from groups that demand their ideology to be taught. We can look at the Koch Foundation as an example. A university must align their education with the beliefs of this foundation in order to get the money. If you think this is a conservative issue, you are gravely naive and blind. Liberals have been doing it, too. These groups do not care about education, only ideology.

How can we expect a college graduate to be educated? How can you understand if all you know is one side of a topic? Our educational system is quickly degrading and hurting the American student. This decay ranges from high schools to our universities. There are professors educating without displaying a bias. I just wonder how long they will be there.

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Parent Responsibility

September 9, 2014 Leave a comment

Growing up in a small town outside the big city, my parents knew my every step. They didn’t have to follow me around or even have me call them to say where I was. There was no need. A network of communication was in place to do that for them. If I caused any trouble they knew about it minutes after I was involved. These were my “nosy” neighbors. This and my parents rules to go along with a curfew kept me in line. My friends around the block had the similar rules.

I see little of this today. Children are given responsibilities far beyond their developing brain. You see ten year old children staying home while the parents either work or go out. In my youth, I was sent to a neighbor’s house with explicit direction from my parents. I would not cause any trouble nor ask for anything. My task at the neighbor’s was to be seen, not heard.

Today we have teenagers causing problems on a consistent basis such as the teen mob attacking people at a Kroger grocery store. What is going on with not only these teenagers but their parents? If you see the video of this event, you see no respect for humans. This is happening at night no less.

I will not claim this as a modern incident. There have always been teenage violence and mayhem. It is the scale of this event as well as the frequency that makes it disturbing. You could blame the herd mentality but that is not the cause. The cause is from multiple areas such as the reduction of religion in America. Religion is losing the grip on society as an important moral institution. Another cause for concern, is the availability of materialism. Materialism isn’t old but easier to be involved in. Years ago, it was expensive to be materialistic. Today, both parents work in order to accumulate recreational goods. I would even blame the internet as another source. Teens do not engage in human interaction. They engage in electronic interaction where they are not accountable for their actions. There is a sense of narcissism with these teens.

I find teenagers with parents that have rules to be more successful. When education is emphasized in a family, there is fewer unacceptable incidents. Families showing respect to their children have responsible children. Parents involved in their children’s life have fewer issues with their children.

As parents. As adults, we need to display a positive lifestyle for our children to emulate. We need to provide rules and boundaries for our children to adhere to. We need to respect our children and listen to them.

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Excellence in Writing

September 1, 2014 Leave a comment

I am watching a live class in the living room with the DVD playing todays lesson. I am finding out how unaware of what I should already know in the English language. There is a desire in me to continue through this course with Youth 2. My skills need not only a refresher but a rebuild. I remember or know little of the review mentioned in this course. OH NO!

Youth 2 has to read an article and mark six or more important or interesting facts. I recognize this as very necessary for writing research papers. This skill is very necessary. I hope my skill at doing this task is above average. I need this for history.

This course the homeschool student watches a class being recorded. The student works along with the video. This is no different than taking a class that is based on video. The downside is the inability to converse with the instructor. The plus side is the ability to pause or repeat a section. I am also able to hook up my laptop to the rely.

As I watch and write, there is one glaring issue developing within my household. We are beginning to experience a lack of DVD playing computers. Only two of the five devices have players. Soon the desktop will go away and my ageing laptop will die, thus leaving me with an old DVD players or Xbox.

As I watch this lesson, I notice the experience between Youth 2 and myself. I am more interested than he is about this subject. My maturity and experience has developed my interest for I know why this is needed and used. My son does not have this advantage. It is a shame that the person needing this the least interested. This is no different for any other student. If we can only get students to recognize the importance and need. How do we get our students to be truly interested?

Classics

August 30, 2014 Leave a comment

With a recent surge of events keeping my attention, posting has become difficult. Homeschool hiatus doesn’t help. I have to place a disclaimer here stating we do continue to homeschool throughout the summer but not at actively as the standard school year.

The push for Common Core and from many sources the lack of the classics has brought me into this realm of discussion today, provided I am able to spell. I have rewritten each sentence more than once. Morning brain malfunction at work. Java is not helping. My train of thought may be lacking, too.

As I stated in a horrible manner, the classics are not emphasized in Common Core. I do not know if this is state specific though the states I have looked into are not utilizing the classics. When we think of the classics, we generally think Greek and to a lesser extent Roman. This means studying the philosophy, history, art and even culture of the ancient period. This is not one of the favorite areas of study for many high school students. Typically you appreciate this after you graduate and maybe in college.

My oldest son has to read Plato in college for a honors course. Next week there will be a discussion about Book 1. This section asks the question “What is justice?” Ponder this for a moment. In your thoughts, what is justice? When I thought of Book I and the question, I began to ask myself this question.

To me, justice is a current viewpoint on right and wrong. This justice is determined by those in power. It differs from country to country and religion to religion. In fact, Christianity may not have a true definition of justice other than God will mete out justice in the afterlife. As for laws, these are current viewpoints. Look to four-hundred years ago at a crime and compare it today. Justice is different. The reality of justice is it does not exist. Justice is an explicit human societal meaning for in the wild there is no such thing as justice.

Okay, that is just a cobbling of my thoughts and likely what my son will have to discuss at the university.

Studying the classics is very important even today. These men of the past faced the same societal and political challenges as we do today. We can learn from studying the classics. The United States is a western based society where our past is linked to Rome and Greece. How do we understand ourselves if we do not understand our past?

I encouraged homeschooling parents and school teachers to teach the classics. This is more important than modern literature about sex, homosexuality or other narcissistic literature. Studying classical literature is as current as ever.

Even the experts are wrong

August 19, 2014 Leave a comment

I find it amusing to watch professors fight over a topic claiming the other is wrong. These are Phd individuals with huge egos stomping their feet. These supposed experts will dismiss anyone without the educational credentials or argue the ineptitude of another of equal standing.

This is very common in the world of academics. These individuals buy into their hype as elite intellectuals with knowledge and abilities that no other can possess. You see it in their actions like Mireille Miller-Young and her deplorable actions against those she feels unworthy. The unfortunate side effect to these people are the young, ignorant and impressionable college students who are unable to think for themselves. Yes, these students erroneously believe they think for themselves.

In history we find the past distorted because of emotion and affection. These people study a group and become emotionally attached. The flaws become purposeful and justified or even someone else’s fault. They distort the reality to vindicate their stance. There is a American Welshman who looks down on the Romans. He has a great podcast that is very flawed even though he does not see it. There is a university professor that is so pro-Chinese that he distorts the Imjin War as does the professor that slants towards the Korean side. There is the Islamic studies professor that ignores the inherent violence of the religion. This bias is very common throughout the liberal arts. You can’t escape it when studying the liberal arts. Unlike the science fields like physics, chemistry or even engineering, the liberal arts is influenced by emotion.

I live in an area where there are four or five universities nearby and have interactions with many professors. They tend to fall into a trap of believing their own hype. On more than one occasion I have encountered a professor who was dead wrong on a subject. They and I happened to cross paths on knowledge of a subject. I, too, had the opportunity to see copies of the original documents. Indeed, I have personal copies of these documents and have researched the subject.

I do not mean to infer or state these people know nothing of the subject they may teach or be considered knowledgeable about. They have too much of their emotion and soul into these subjects and are sensitive to opposing viewpoints. This reduces their expertise as they are prone to ignore all information in order to maintain their stance. They are human afterall.

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The Flaw Of Microsoft Word

August 14, 2014 Leave a comment

When Word became available, it saved me from hours of tedious typing and correcting. I could now toss the typewriter and enjoy easy corrections. That was many years ago. Today Word provides more help than you could ever need except for what you truly need. There is one problem with this program. Just google or bing “sinister buttocks” and you’ll quickly discover part of the problem.

Reliance on the spell check and thesaurus is like chumming for sharks while you’re in the water. You’re going to get bitten. This doesn’t apply only to students but adults as well.My oldest child has grown to rely on Word’s spell check and Thesaurus, to the Educator’s and my humorous enjoyment. It really isn’t funny, but the sentence or phrase concoctions bring us to tears. Homonyms are his biggest bane next to his plane inability to spell the word. I’ll save him from displaying examples. He is not the only person to suffer from Word’s well-intentioned help. Instead, I’ll display an example that I created.

O Head! My Head! our terrible journey is complete;
The container has weather’d every rack, the flagship we required is gained;
The harbor is close, the chimes I hear, the persons all reveling,
While follow eyes the stable capsize, the vessel forbidding and bold:
But O emotion! heart! heart!
O the hemorrhage drops of red,
Where on the level my Head lies,
Tumbled emotionless and dead.
O Skipper! My Skipper! rise up and hear the bells;
Rise up—for you the flag is threw—for you the announce trills;
For you bunches and ribbon’d wreaths—for you the shores a-crowding;
For you they call, the influential mass, their eager faces turning;
Here captain! dear father!
This support beneath your skull;
It is some dream that on the deck,
You’ve tumbled emotionless and deceased.
My Leader does not response, his mouths are pale and still;
My father does not texture my arm, he has no pulse nor will;
The boat is anchor’d harmless and complete, its journey closed and complete;
From fearful trip, the winner ship, comes in with thing won;
Exult, O shorelines, and ring, O bells!
But I, with sad step,
Gait the level my captain dishonesties,
Tumbled emotionless and deceased.

I do not think people need to be careful when using word. They need to know what they are writing about and have a dictionary on hand. If you’re unsure about the spelling, look it up. If you wish to substitute a word for another, understand the context and meaning of the original word. Then understand the new word, too.

Now do you know who wrote this famous poem?

Know Your Child’s Style Of Learning

August 12, 2014 Leave a comment

The ten plus years of homeschooling has taught my family much about my sons. We learned very quickly the differences between our sons. Even though they come from the same parents with the same morals, expectations and rules; they are different.

My oldest has always been a hands on learner. He requires the ability to do the learning with his hands or by mouth such as spelling. Spelling was done with my oldest verbally spelling out the word. A hands on child needs to experience the learning. He also has this habit of being preoccupied with something else as you teach him. This would frustrate me to no end as I assumed he wasn’t interested or paying attention. The Educator, who taught him all of the time, soon understood this and adapted to him. The solution was to allow him to do whatever he was doing as you instructed. The bugger (he was young, then) knew what you were teaching as he played with some toy. Another feature, I would learn is his glazed look – he wasn’t learning. This look appeared when my son was forced to sit and watch you teach. The Educator needed to learn how to instruct to my oldest in order to maximize his learning and succeeded in doing so. I’m not sure if I ever figured it out. What helped is my oldest enjoys learning for the sake of learning.

The youngest prefers the in and out method of learning. “Yeah, yeah give it to me, so I can do it and get it done.” With little instruction, he is off doing the work. We have to pull him back and have him read or listen to the lecture. Unlike his older brother, he does not learn with depth. He is able to identify and adapt to the curriculum. Shortcuts are key for him. If he can fake his way through reading a book, it will be done. His advantage is the ease with which he can do math, write or simply spread the BS. He is not purposely trying to deceive. Let me back that up. He is like any other teenager in the attempts to deceive. My son does not see the need or value in learning with depth. How can you argue with a kid that scores a perfect math score on a standardized test or writes beautifully. We don’t argue, we make it more difficult. This is our attempt this year. Challenge my youngest son.

I am sure there are parents out there frustrated with their children. They do not know how to relate to their children’s learning style. I have seen it with a few families I know of. These parents buy into the child will teach themselves mentality. This is not the case. Few have been able to be self-motivators. Parents should take the time to figure what type of learner their child is and prepare curriculum to meet their needs.

For those struggling at home with children who are difficult to teach, keep in mind a public school doesn’t care. Public and private schools use a style of teaching not suited for all students. It is not practical for schools to meet the demands for each student. I know my oldest would have gone from A’s to D’s and discourage about life.

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