Friday, November 18, 2005

Homeschooling is not for the timid

When we started homeschooling, I thought that the kids would instantly love learning and be super smart. Well, they already are super smart. But we still get the whine "I don't like school." When my wife asks what they don't like they can't point to anything in particular, except that they have to "do math sheets" and write actual words on paper. When given specifics (Mom reading to them, building projects, etc.) they love those, but they still "don't like school." I was genuinely surprised at that.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

American Attitudes on "Why Have Children?"

Of the two magazines that I actually subscribe too, Books & Culture is my intellectual one, Rod & Custom, my fun one. I couldn't wait for B&C to have this article online. Better Homes and Children: The brave new world of meticulously planned parenthood. by Amy Laura Hall. Ms. Hall writes about how Americans plan childhood and how we want our family life to fit us, not force us to change to adapt to family. A very good read, indeed.

Monday, November 07, 2005

Public School Children and Sex Education and Parental Rights

If I lived in California, there is NO WAY I would send my kids to public school. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals recently approved a not-age-appropriate questionnaire for kids 7 to 10. I don't think my kids would even understand the questions. The biggest trouble with the ruling is the idea that the State knows best. Read about ithere, but be prepared to blow your top.

Here is some more on this crazy topic.