April 18, 2014

What are you going to do when your homeschooled children grow up and have to face the “real world”

Here is Billie Walker Glazier‘s answer

Frequently I ignore the rude comments that roll from my back suggesting that homeschool is not “normal” school, or that public school is “real” school.

But I could not help it today. It was just really poor timing for the poor lady who mistakenly asked me what I am going to do when my homeschooled children grow up and have to face the “real world”. I smiled at this lady. I paused and collected my thoughts to make certain I did not leave any of them unspoken.

I said, “I will be glad on that day and I will rejoice in it! I will know beyond a shadow of a doubt that my children have been raised in this world and have been equipped to handle anything it throws before them. I will know that they will be answering more questions than they ask while walking along the beach. I make certain that is where they learn about marine life. I know they will have a plan to help world hunger as I have carefully exposed them to a physical environment of meeting the needs of those who have stumbled to a point of homeless. I can trust, should they choose a medical field, that they are successful sooner than many as they have learned health at a hospital. I know they will balance their finances as an expert due to their studies conducted at the bank in lieu of a textbook. Should they find themselves lost in this world, they will soon recall their guide in the heavens as they have learned to navigate with the stars as their milestones.

I am confident my children will never face the real world acutely, as they have been in it all along, daily, taking full advantage of its wonders, and the natural educational tools that surround them will not, to any homeschooled child, be new or unexpected. How about you… when your child breaks from the brick confinement directed by strangers… what will you do?

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Council of Europe report threatens homeschooling

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Parliamentarians conflate parallel societies with religious freedom

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A report on the “protection of minors against excesses of sects” from the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) calls out homeschooling as a practice that should be restricted because of the danger of parallel societies and religious sectarianism. Rapporteur Rudy Salles from France speaks for the Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights: “The Committee … is of the opinion that more measures must be taken at national and European level to counter the excesses of sects which affect minors.” Among other things, the report calls upon all 47 member States to “make sure that compulsory schooling is enforced and ensure strict, prompt, and effective monitoring of all private education, including home schooling” to “counter the excesses of sects which affect minors.”

A coalition formed to oppose the report and its accompanying resolution call them “fatally flawed” and note that the documents “contravene human rights standards.”

“The Salles report and resolution contain sweeping generalizations, vague and unsupported allegations, and one-sided information from biased sources that constitute a blueprint for discrimination against parents and their children associated with religious minority faiths,” the coalition states on its website.

Advocates of religious freedom in Europe and around the world have joined together to oppose the Salles report. The International Religious Freedom Roundtable, a multi-faith association of scholars, religious leaders, human rights advocates and practitioners, sent a letter to PACE President Anne Brasseur on March 31st expressing deep concern about the report. The joint letter attracted a total of 64 signatures from American and European organizations and individuals, including HSLDA.

Michael Donnelly, Director of International Affairs at HSLDA asks friends of homeschooling and religious freedom to make their voice heard.

“Please take a moment to sign the coalition’s petition to help stop the proposed legislation at the Council of Europe and share with others you know,” Donnelly asks. “The Salles report poses a serious threat to religious freedom and goes too far as to undermine a parent’s right to choose to homeschool their child on the basis of their religious convictions, a right that is clearly protected by the European Convention and other human rights treaties.”

 Resources

Read the Alliance Defending Freedom’s analysis of the Salles report.

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Ten Ways to Make Your Children Hate Learning

Ten Ways to Make Your Children Hate Learning — by Victoria Botkin

1. Exasperate them with bureaucratic micro-management (ie. Insist that they do everything just the way the Teacher’s Guide told you they have to do it) making them wait while you re-read the Teacher’s Guide to figure out exactly what it is you’re supposed to do next.

2. Teach them that their worth or intelligence is tied to how fast they get schoolwork over with, and how they perform on standardized tests.

3. Interrupt them when they are reading something interesting and useful, and insist that they follow the lesson plan for the day.

4. Complain that you have always found the subject being studied boring or hard.

5. Harangue them about how burdensome their education is to you and whine about impending homeschool burnout.

6. Waste their time with fill-in-the-blanks workbooks designed solely to keep pupils busy.

7. Insult their intelligence by choosing badly written, badly illustrated, or blatantly politically correct books. Assume that they have vulgar, puerile tastes and are unable to process pictures of actual people, choosing instead books illustrated with demeaning cartoon characters.

8. Reinforce the message that learning itself is not rewarding by bribing them with computer games, TV time, and movies as a reward for finishing their schoolwork for the day.

9. Encourage them frequently with reminders that they will graduate some day and never have to learn anything again, ever.

10. Express your longing for that day often and fervently.

What would you add to this list?

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FREE Everyday Arithmetic Books From The 1920s!

Arithmetic books

How to Homeschool for Free is sharing a wonderful resource: 5 Free Arithmetic Books from the 1920?s!

You’ll find books available for Grades 2 through 8!

From the site:

“Each book by Franklin Hoyt and Harriet Peet is very practical and would be a great addition to any math curriculum.”

Click here for more free math resources for homeschoolers!

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Day care bugs increase hospital risk

Another good reason to keep our children at home:

Day care bugs increase hospital risk

3News 29 March 2014
New Zealand children placed in day care are 48 percent more likely to be hospitalised with an infectious disease than those who aren’t in day care, a new study has found.

The research, presented at the Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases (ASID) meeting in Adelaide this week, shows that New Zealand’s early childhood rates of streptococcal and staphylococcal disease are well above levels in other developed countries, with Maori and Pacific Island children particularly vulnerable.

The research Dr Mark Hobbs, of Auckland City Hospital and Auckland University, and colleagues also shows that the risk of infectious disease hospitalisation is:

Read more here: http://www.3news.co.nz/Day-care-bugs-increase-hospital-risk/tabid/423/articleID/337871/Default.aspx

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