This is a special story: In the midst of a national debate about how schools can safely reopen in the fall, 2,000 Detroit children were expected to walk into classes Monday to do what they haven’t been able to do since mid-March — learn in person.But the first day of summer school in the Detroit … Continue reading Protesting teachers physically block students from going to summer school in Detroit
I have had endless conversations lately about "culture wars" and the degree to which folks should be worried about them. Cultural permabears are convinced that our country is teetering on the edge of a civil war, where questions of identity and a public pathos are tearing families and long-term friendships apart. There's no denying the … Continue reading Remember Carrie Bradshaw?
This is a follow-up to my earlier post, Shady coronavirus data in Florida. The reporter in that story from Orlando has clarified that the reporting errors did not happen at the labs. The labs reported seemingly accurate data, but the data was changed to 100% positive tests at the Florida Department of Health. The headline … Continue reading More on Florida coronavirus data
So this whole coronavirus outbreak in Florida is ... interesting. Statistically, everyone in the state is getting this killer cold virus, in the middle of a punishing heat wave (heat index is 105 degrees and up - we just got back from the stables and it was painful to be outside even for half an … Continue reading Shady coronavirus data in Florida
A friend asked me last night what is gained politically by all these public school districts continuing with virtual classes for another academic year. Is it simply to sow chaos until the election? Sure, that's probably an element of it. As I suggested yesterday, however, this fight is mostly about money. Teachers unions regard school … Continue reading What is gained politically by school closures?
This has suddenly become one of my most popular posts. I guess it speaks to people who are trying to decide how their children will be educated in the fall.
Every time I would complain about public schools to a friend of mine who is a public school teacher, he would respond with “You don’t understand how awful most parents are. You are obsessed with your child’s education, but many other parents are not even remotely interested in what happens to their kids. Public school curriculum gets dumber and dumber because parents are getting less and less interested in their kids’ lives. You don’t how hard it is to teach kids to read when their own parents don’t give a shit about whether they learn to read, such that they won’t take even 30 minutes to read to them at home. I’d tell parents their kids are failing the grade, and they’d tell me to take it up with their child because it’s not their problem.”
He’d also respond with this tirade whenever anyone brought up the issue…
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I bought this notepad for our daughter. It's such a nifty idea that I had to share it. Each page is exactly the same - a daily checklist of things to do to help make their household a happy place and develop their talents, then a checklist of "good deeds." Our eight-year-old loves trying to … Continue reading A tool for teaching kids discipline and respect
It's not getting much (any?) attention in the mainstream media, but Catholic parishes in several states have been physically attacked recently. In Ocala, Florida, a man firebombed a Latin-rite church as parishioners were inside preparing for Mass: A Florida man lit a Catholic Church aflame on Saturday, while people inside prepared for morning Mass.The Marion … Continue reading Catholic churches across the country are being violently attacked
As homeschoolers, we don't have a dog in the fight when it comes to reopening public schools. If anything, watching it unfold merely confirms that we have made the correct decision in not allowing these lunatics to "educate" our child. Our daughter will continue to receive a high-quality education with zero disruption, regardless of what … Continue reading The fight over reopening schools is about money, not kids
We are the hollow menWe are the stuffed menLeaning togetherHeadpiece filled with straw. Alas!Our dried voices, when We whisper togetherAre quiet and meaninglessAs wind in dry grassor rats' feet over broken glassIn our dry cellarShape without form, shade without colour, Paralysed force, gesture without motion;Those who have crossedWith direct eyes, to death's other kingdom Remember us - if … Continue reading The Democratic Party is using senility as a Trojan horse for Marxism, and not just Biden