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Homeschool Ramblings

Blogger AOW once told me, “To do homeschooling successfully, the task must be all-consuming.”

That’s pretty much right.  Like an ever-expanding balloon, it squeezes other stuff right out of the daily routine.  The days speed along so swiftly that they meld together.  I haven’t experienced this much blur since the boys were newborns.

So, okay.  Hard work.  The rewards are already pretty obvious, though.  First and foremost is the freedom.  Let’s be honest:  if your kids have any academic ability whatsoever, that ability is at risk of being stunted in the modern school setting.  Whether applying mind-numbingly boring “reading strategies ” to tedious, unrealistic stories or alphabetizing vocabulary words they already know by heart, the task is mandatory.

Not here.

So when I read the following in my 1st grade lesson book:

Objective:  to practice drawing conclusions

Briefly review “Go Away, Otto!” and “Fluff Is Missing!”  Remind your student that when he read these selections, he used story clues and what he knows to draw conclusions.  Explain to your student that when he wants to draw conclusions, he should stop, think, and decide.

Ask:  How can someone’s feelings change?  Discuss his answer.  Model your thinking:  After reading “Go Away, Otto!” I think that a person’s feelings can change. . . .  Have your student give examples of how feelings can or cannot change from the stories he has read.

Have your student retell the story of “Go Away, Otto!”  Then discuss what conclusions he can draw from the story.

I ignore it.  Really, it’s like boring children to death is the actual goal here.  Is it just me?

The internet is a game changer.  We have a whole world of information at our fingertips.  When an Aesop fable is assigned in the lesson (the curriculum does have some good stuff too), then I think, hmm.  That’s a name I should probably know more about.

So we end up here for thirty minutes reading fables, then we learn that King Croesus hired Aesop, and I remember that name from The Story of the World, so we revisit the King Croesus section and find that King Cyrus defeated the very rich Croesus while expanding the Persian empire.

I’m learning every bit as much as these kids are.

Then, when we read sentences in the science text like, “Hurricanes are becoming more and more common in some places.  Scientists are finding that higher temperatures are a factor,” well.  I can explain to my “students” that the statement is a load of baloney.

“Some places,” feh.  Which places?  If they are going to bring it up, why don’t they explain how higher temperatures affect storms?  That’s a pretty basic part of meteorology.  Are they really trying to explain weather, or just laying the foundation for global warming indoctrination?

What do you think?

My older is already very attuned to the whole “endangered Earth” thing.  The concept is virtually everywhere, and it initially frightened him.  He felt better when I told him about how acid rain was supposed to destroy the earth when I was little, but it never did. 

Then one night, he wandered into the office when I was watching this video:

He couldn’t stop giggling.  Several repeat plays were necessary.  I have to admit, the chase scenes are pretty funny.

Ever since that video, my older has been positively fascinated by Al Gore.  So, I once used Al Gore to teach him a new wordhypocrite.  Recently, Anthony Watts proved that Al Gore’s Climate 101 video contains a faked experiment.  After learning about this new development, my older proudly declared:  “Al Gore is not just a hypocrite.  He’s also a liar!”

So, yeah.  Homeschooling has many rewards.  I think we’ll start reading The Sky Is Not Falling soon.

Enough rambling.  Have a great rest of your week.

Meet Kate Harper

 

But don’t blame her.  She’s a cute gal, and she was fed those obnoxious lines.  The script writer of this Ripple Glass commercial, on the other hand . . .

Blame him.  (Or them, heaven forbid this ad is a product of group effort).

If recycling glass makes good economic sense, well, fan-flippin’-tastic.  Regardless of economic efficacy, do we really need to encourage the idea of minors trespassing and snooping in trash?

Worst part of all:  “Okay, he’s old, and he’ll probably be dead soon.  But I’ll be here for a long time.  Wake up Mr. Jones!”

Ohhh, I get it.  The young are way more important than the old, dontcha know.  That’s why we gotta save the planet.

Where have I heard this idea before?  Wasn’t that the point of the Complete Lives System, as conceived by President Obama’s Healthcare Policy Advisor, Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel?  You know, the system that decides whether your life is worth saving.

Nevermind.

We just gotta recycle glass.  We just gotta!

Or eco-terrorist children are gonna stalk you.

Meet The Time Traveller

I stumbled on a new blogger last week, and he’s worth sharing.  Adventures in Time Travel is an Englishman’s blog, so the tagline shouldn’t surprise any Brit-humor fan:

Contains no actual time travel

The Time Traveller does a sound fisking of an eco-fascist news article in “Vegetarians are destroying the environment.”  Here’s a tid:

Article:  “After decades of conversion to cattle farming and agriculture, overwhelmingly soy, but also corn and coffee, only 20 per cent of pristine Cerrado remains, much fragmented between farmland.”

Time Traveller:  Hang on a cotton-picking minute! Earlier in this article you were claiming that 50% had been lost. Now it’s 80%. That really is a rapid rate of development, unless you suffered a particularly long bout of writer’s block after paragraph 3.

Snicker.  Read the rest if you have time.  At the least, do click over and scan for posts that pique your interest.  Yeah, some posts are couched in terms of British politics, but it’s easy enough to get used to.

Rage Is Back!

Grrrr.

Breathing deeply.  Counting backwards from ten.  I love my country.  I love my fellow Americans.  Even the ones that elected this clown-in-chief.  That’s right.  I’m violating my own rule about name-calling.

Via Instapundit comes a remarkable enough tidbit from an AP report:  “Obama needled one questioner who asked about gas prices, now averaging close to $3.70 a gallon nationwide, and suggested that the gentleman consider getting rid of his gas-guzzling vehicle.”

Does anyone out there really believe this is man feels our pain?  He is more interested in deciding what kind of car you should drive, than improving your standard of living, or, you know, actually preserving that pesky old burden of liberty that we bear.  It’s such a burden, liberty.  We don’t know what’s best for us.  Those big, bad, evil corporations are tricking us into destroying our one and only planet by allowing us to choose which of their vehicles we want to buy.

Breathing deeply.  Focusing.

The story then got a little more remarkable, because the AP article from which that quote originated was scrubbed of it.  Apparently, AP has done a substantial rewrite.  See the Prof for the full story and the screen cap.

But that’s not why I’m posting.

In addition to the screen cap, Prof. Reynolds linked to video proof of the President’s gas-guzzle statement.

And I watched it.

Now I know exactly what it takes to sweep apathy from my brain like a tidal wave sweeping the beach:  four minutes of President Obama channeling his inner Seinfeld.

Yep.  President Obama, doing his best stand-up routine.  I recommend that you do not press play:

Really.  You don’t have to watch it.  I have selflessly spared you from trauma, by meticulously transcribing the most pertinent portions (play, pause, write, repeat).

You’re welcome.

The video is from the President’s appearance at a wind turbine manufacturer on April 6th.  Two minutes in, the President starts off with a reasonable enough statement:

“What we can do is increase oil production here in the United States.  But here’s the thing about oil.  We have about 2, maybe 3% of the world’s proven oil reserves.”

Okay, fine.  I also do not like the fact that we do not produce enough oil in the States to satisfy demands.  Instead, we have to rely on countries that are most unreliable.

Next comes the Marxist tendencies.  You know, those redistributionist, mistrusting of all things corporation-y, sounds-like-its-from-the-Communist-Manifesto-type tendencies that we Tea Party folks are crazy to even point out:

“We use 25% of the world’s oil.  So . . . even if we doubled the amount of oil that we produce, we’d still be short by a factor of five.  So, we can’t just drill our way out of the problem, and that’s why the second thing we can do is increase efficiency on cars and trucks, which is where most of our oil is used.”

Do you see the logic here?  Our oil problem will be resolved only by consuming less, and nothing else.  Note how he brings up how much of the world’s oil we so hoggishly hog?  The implication here is that consuming more oil than other countries, relative to population, is a wrong in and of itself.  Unfair.

Anyway, here is the best worst bit:

“Now, I noticed some folks clapped, but I know some of these big guys, they’re still driving their big SUVs, you know, they’ve got their big monster truck and everything.  [Catches eye of person in audience.]  You are one of ‘em?  Well, now, here’s my point.  You know, if you’re complaining about the price of gas and you’re only getting 8 miles a gallon, you know . . . [chuckles] . . . well.  I, you may have a big family, but it’s probably not that big . . . [chuckles].  So, how many you have?  Ten kids you say?  Ten kids?  [Long pause with humorously shocked look on his face.]  Well, you definitely need a hybrid van then.

Grrr.  We Amurikuns R so dumb that Obama has to explain the basic economics of miles per gallon to us.  How do you like your President lecturing you in a mocking, 5th rate stand-up routine?  Feel patronized yet?

Well, I do have one bit of consolation:  Obama using a random audience member to make his point about owning bigger cars than you need?  FAIL.

UPDATE:  Ed Morrissey puts it well:  “Obama fills the role of clueless aristocrat by telling a man who explains that he can’t afford to fill his gas tank at current prices that he should instead buy a new car.”

Because Everything Sounds Better With An Accent

It’s true.  In light of this, I present to you the lilting Irish stylings of the lovely Ann McElhinney:

“God between us and all harm, as my mother would say.”

If you haven’t the five minutes, here’s a good quote:

“Young people are . . . really nice and they’re really good, and they want to be on the side of the good thing, or the lovely thing, the nice thing.  And the thing that’s presented to them as the ‘nice’ thing and the ‘lovely’ thing, is that environmental thing, that green thing.  And guess what you’re not doing?  You’re not giving them an alternative.  No one is in there, tellin’ them what a miracle capitalism is.  No one is telling that story, no one, no one, no one in the schools.  There’s no program in the schools telling the children that capitalism brings people out of poverty, and makes lives gorgeous.”

For those that do have the time to spare, a bonus video!  This time, it’s Daniel Hannan and his adorably proper British accent:

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