Sunday, December 30, 2012

Saturday, December 29, 2012

10 Reasons Why The Government Hates Homeschooling

Ever wonder why your local public school and your state officials give you such a difficult time about your decision to homeschool? Ever wonder why your state homeschooling laws are so draconian and absurd, or why they even exist at all? Your local, state and federal governments, backed by the greedy teacher's union, despise homeschooling and here are 10 reasons why:

#1. Freedom. Homeschoolers are free to choose what their children learn, who their children learn from, how their children will learn, where their children will learn, and when their children will learn about sensitive and controversial subjects. Homeschoolers are free to travel at any time of the year and are not locked into a public school calendar. They can make doctor, dentist and personal appointments for any time or day of the week, without needing permission from school authorities or having to report to them after the fact. Homeschoolers are free to focus some or all of their attention on any given subject, occupation or activity of their choosing. Once homeschoolers get a taste of this kind of freedom they have little, if any, desire to use a union controlled public school system that stifles their unburdened lifestyle.

#2. Time. Homeschooling actually gives you more down time in which to think, make plans and act on your interests. Without rushing out the door everyday to meet the demands of a school centered life, families have time to get to know each other and work toward goals that benefit them, not the government school. Homeschoolers are in control of their time and can choose to fill it, save it or waste it.

#3. Choices. Homeschoolers have more choices and are free to make them. If their chosen curriculum isn't working, they can change gears in mid-stream. The same goes for everything else in their busy lives. Don't like your neighborhood? Homeschoolers can choose to live where they want and not worry about whether or not the local school is safe or academically challenging. Having more choices allows homeschoolers to feel less compelled to follow the herd.

#4. Health. Homeschoolers tend to live a healthier lifestyle, which is something the big pharmaceutical industry finds repugnant. By studying health on their own terms, homeschoolers are discovering what constitutes good health. They can explore the benefits of alternative medicine and take charge of their family's well-being. 

#5. Love. With more freedom, more relaxed downtime, more choices and better health, there tends to be more love and trust in the close-knit homeschooling family. Some of that love and trust naturally spills over into the community where homeschoolers can take care of their neighbors and friends. Unlike the artificial and mandatory community service the public schools expect from their population, homeschoolers voluntarily perform deeds out of kindness and fulfill the needs of their community because they want to. No matter how hard they try, public schools can't replicate homeschooling. Homeschooling works well because it's about the home and not the schooling.

#6. Money. In spite of what some say, money can buy you happiness because it can give you peace of mind when you know how the money game works, and you can generate enough to make life comfortable. Just don't abuse it and it won't abuse you back. Homeschoolers are free to learn the truth about real money, fiat money, currency and how the world bankers have manipulated money for centuries. Public schools teach you how to become consumers and good employees. Homeschooling lets you open up a whole new world of living with or without money. Homeschoolers are free to find better ways to create wealth and how to use it to improve their lives. With knowledge of the monetary system, homeschoolers can be less dependent on government for their needs and their very survival.

#7. Alternative Media. There are many more outlets for news and information than there were even 20 years ago. Homeschoolers are free to tap into that information at all hours of the day or night. Many homeschoolers are creating their own resources for information and are making an impact on others who no longer trust what the mainstream media or government tells them.

#8. U.S. Constitution. Homeschoolers can study the United States Constitution in depth. They can spend their every waking hour pouring over the Federalist Papers, Bill of Rights, biographies of the Founding Fathers, historical records concerning the development of our republic, and whatever else peaks their curiosity. Homeschoolers are free to research true history and not the revisionist version found in today's politically correct public school system.

#9. The 2nd Amendment. Once homeschoolers get a taste of freedom there is no returning to the rigid hoop jumping they experienced in the artificial world of public schooling. This applies to many aspects of American life, including the medical industry, the food industry, and the monetary system. Our constitution provides us protection from government tyranny but only the 2nd Amendment provides us the means to act on it. Any attempt to abolish this amendment from our constitution is no less than an act of treason and an act of war against the citizens of these United States of America.

#10. Spirit. The indelible human spirit is nothing short of amazing. It takes a Herculean effort to squash it, but our government has found ways to do just that with welfare programs, legally drugging children, fluoride, vaccines, chemtrails, political correctness, election fraud, GMO foods, abortion and on and on. Homeschoolers are able to maintain or restore their human spirit and dignity when they walk away from government influence or control. A stronger spirit leads to a greater spirituality and awakening of the human psyche. Without the chains of government bondage homeschoolers are free to explore the world and understand how it all melds together in one cohesive existence. Homeschooling has the ability to take you far beyond the level of rational thought and can introduce the human spirit to a whole new realm of thinking that one can only imagine. 


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Quote: Jack Hatfield

"Homeschooling statistics, whether you agree or not, are but a shadow of true homeschooling. Once the facts get removed from the dark and the apparent hegemony against homeschoolers stop, parents that truly care will understand, this is a lasting freedom that breaks the cycle of sameness."     Jack Hatfield

Got that? "...a lasting freedom that breaks the cycle of sameness." That is profound. 

Jack Hatfield is the founder of Homeschooler Hub, a social network for homeschoolers and author of Blessed with Tragedy: A Father's Journey with His PreeMiracle.

Kudos to a man who is changing lives for the better. Thank you, Jack.

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Monday, December 24, 2012

Sucking off the government nipple


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A politician is like a shitty diaper


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Zombie moment


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There is no school equal to a decent home...


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If public schools are so great...


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What? No way NDAA!


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10 Simple Ways To Help You Transition To Homeschooling

So, the world didn't end on 12-21-12 after all, but you made the decision to homeschool just in case life, as you know it, goes haywire later on. Not sure where to begin? One thing you need to remember is that the word homeschooling is a misnomer. We don't necessarily stay home and we don't school. For the sake of brevity and general understanding though, the word homeschooling is used as a catchall to describe the action of not going to school. Personally, I prefer the words autodidactic or self-learner.

We've all been there at that same homeschooling starting gate and many of us learned what to do by trial and error. Lucky for you there are now millions of parents with hindsight on how they'd go about beginning their wonderful homeschooling journey all over again. Keep in mind each family has different needs and each child is unique. However, human nature doesn't change, so if your approach isn't working, follow your instincts for the best route to a successful homeschooling experience.

Here are 10 simple ways to help you transition to homeschooling after making the decision to do so:

#1. Get any required paperwork for your legal obligations to your state in order and out of the way first. Tell those in charge only what they want to hear and as little as necessary. Don't spill your guts to them about your educational philosophy or your approach to child rearing. You don't even need to tell them how bad the public schools are because they already know. The state just needs to cover its butt to account for the monies they receive from the bounty on your child's head, a sad reality but true.

#2. Let your child get used to 'sleeping in' and setting their own rhythm. Recreating school, as you know it, in your home is not beneficial or conducive to true education. Bells, time blocks, report cards, tests, grades and all the other school trappings are purely a distraction from real learning. Think in terms of freedom. Homeschooling works because it's about the home and not the schooling.

#3. Stock up beforehand on books and age appropriate learning materials and supplies. Your home should become a library, workshop, craft center, restaurant, clinic, gallery, playground and retreat all rolled into one. This can all be done inexpensively and creatively.

#4. Share all your meals, or as many as you can, together for the purpose of conversation and feedback, until your level of confidence rises enough to handle the changes. Mealtime is a great opportunity for some much needed face-to-face time in our harried lives.

#5. Find one or two other homeschooling families you'd like to emulate and then pick their brains. Ask questions and learn as much as you can about homeschooling. Larger support groups aren't necessary and can be very cumbersome. The same goes for the amount of friends your child has. All they need is one or two good ones they can share life with.

#6. Prepare for lots of down time for your child, especially if your child was recently enrolled in public or private school. Your child will need decompressing from the artificial world of institutionalized living. This may take a week, a month or even a year for your child to get back to normal in order to feel safe and human again.

#7. Be open to learning alongside your child because that's what will happen. You'll finally have the opportunity to improve your own reading, writing and spelling skills. You'll be able to study subjects in depth the same as your child will, so go after those topics that improve your lot in life, such as money, health, and politics. Be prepared to unlearn many bad habits and misinformation you learned during your own public school experience.

#8. Keep friends and family members, who resist your decision to homeschool, at arms length. Circle the wagons, so to speak, around your family and develop a backbone. Throw off any wishy-washy attitude you may have about homeschooling and tell yourself there is no going back, only forward with the determination to be the best homeschooling parent on this planet.

#9. Give lots of hugs and encouragement to your child and always use positive language. Learn to use the word 'need' instead of 'want'. Saying 'you need to do this' is far more effective than saying 'I want you to do this', because your child trusts you to have their back and your whole heart. Self-esteem comes from accomplishments, self-discipline, self-respect, honesty and motivation.

#10. Relax and make time for yourself so you can plan, do research and have the energy to shift gears when the need arises. Develop an optimistic sunny side that will rub off on your child and all you meet. As the saying goes: don't sweat the small stuff. Develop your patience and enjoy this fleeting time you have with your child while you walk this earth. Your greatest accomplishment, when all is laid to rest, will be the person your child has become when they reach adulthood and have children of their own.


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Cacophony of epiphanies


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It's easier to cull the herd if...


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Skunks in the gov'ment


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Monday, December 10, 2012

'Tis the season to remember the reason



This is the Christmas 'Flash Mob' by Journey of Faith at a shopping mall in California, packed with holiday shoppers on December 18, 2010. It just recently crossed my path.

In the face of adversity, doubt and defeat, we always somehow manage to get turned back around to the peace, faith and strength that is meant to grace our loving hearts.

Just had to share with you all. Gave me goosebumps and made me cry. Overwhelmingly joyous and wonderful how the unsuspecting shoppers spontaneously join in. Kudos to the artist who created, planned and choreographed this. Absolutely brilliant. Thank you for this inspirational moment in time and thank you for sharing!

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Friday, November 30, 2012

Washington state public school spins coffin as isolation booth




No matter how you slice this crap pie, it's still a padded coffin and children are being stuffed into it as a disciplinary tactic. Some people are just evil and this is sick beyond words.

In case you were wondering why hordes of children are coming out of public school so screwed up they can't function in today's society, this is just one of those many reasons. Maybe it's time to start locking the teachers and administrators in these so-called isolation booths to see how they like it. Think it would change their ridiculous behavior? 

If you locked your child in a closet like this at home you'd be arrested for child abuse, so why is the school allowed to get away with this shit? Heck, you'd probably even be arrested if you did this to your dog. No decent parent would allow their child anywhere near a school that does crap like this...PERIOD! 

This is a coffin, no matter how you spin it! The people responsible for putting a child in this contraption are evil. The person who created this contraption is evil. The person who installed it is evil. The person who ordered and authorized this upright coffin is evil. The parent who gives permission to use this casket on their child is evil. 

What have we become when we lock children away in a padded, darkened box simply because the adults they are depending on to keep them safe, have decided they cannot deal with them any other way? Parents need to get their children out of public schools now. Even associating with this evil institution makes me question your sincerity as a parent to nurture and protect your own child from these evil psychopaths.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Truancy issue squashed with Parent-School Compact

When our daughter was 10 years old, the truant officer arrived at our home. To make a long story short, we were 'squealed on' by the state's home-study coordinator (also a homeschool mom) who was jealous of the attention we were receiving from the media and organizations inviting us for speaking engagements. She felt, as Home-Study Coordinator, it was her job to speak for homeschooling in Vermont, not us. Along with the principal of our local school and its superintendent, she knew were were not enrolled in the state's home-study program. After that green-eyed bee in her bonnet stung her repeatedly, she figured it was time to grab some attention for herself and her Department of Education cronies.

Once the truant officer left our house without my signature on his Failure To Attend School Notice, I decided to compose my own contract for the local school officials. I call it the Parent-School Compact. I met with the school principal a few days later and presented him with my document. I also informed him I'd be happy to fight the truancy (which we were not) on the front page of the local paper, recruit other parents to homeschooling while hanging out at his school, and my child would have her own personal bodyguard while attending his little prison. Needless to say, he refused to sign my contract and basically told me that if, in the future, we didn't bother him, he wouldn't bother us.  We never heard from our school district again and we didn't enroll in the state's home-study program either.

The following is a copy of that contract, without our personal information and composed so that others may copy and use this document to their own advantage. Feel free to copy, make adjustments, add or subtract your own requirements, and use as you see fit.

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Parent-School Compact

(parents)
Name:
Address:
Telephone #:

(school)
Name:
Address:
Telephone #:

Re: (child’s name)

2012-2013 School Year

In the cooperative interest of ensuring a positive partnership between your school and we, parents, and by pursuing great expectations for the success of our son/daughter as a student at (name of school), we agree to support the following Parent-School Compact:

The Faculty and Administration of (name of school) will:

-refrain from any form of discipline towards our son/daughter since we are being forced to send our child to you under the threat of imprisonment and fines;
-under no circumstances prevent our son/daughter from learning freely and with an open, inquisitive mind;
-treat our son/daughter with the respect and dignity they would wish for their own family;
-provide a minimum of two hours of recreational reading time each day for our child;
-refrain from any form of grading including grade-level, group-level or team-training;
-refrain from using report cards, portfolios and other forms of assessment;
-refrain from assigning any form of homework, research or the equivalent thereof;
-refrain from giving or presenting any form of oral or written questions, quizzes and testing or the equivalent thereof, including SAT’s;
-provide a quiet and orderly area for the purpose of eating meals or snacks and refrain from sending our child to the school cafeteria for such a purpose;
-provide a minimum of 2 hours of computer access time daily;
-provide a minimum of 3 hours of private music, voice and dance lessons weekly;
-provide instruction in Latin, U.S. Constitution, U.S.Government & Law, American History, World History, Greek History, Roman History, Advanced Math, Advanced Science, Business & Marketing, and Classic Literature;
-refrain from discussing or presenting any pagan, school version, or commercial holidays and symbols such as Kawaanza, Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Santa Claus, Easter Bunny, Jack-O-Lantern, Leprechauns, etc.;
-refrain from presenting or discussing any such topics as sexual intercourse, puberty, sexuality, AIDS, homosexuality, sexually transmitted diseases, peer pressure, self-esteem, career counseling, values clarification, personal and family history;
-refrain from requiring our son/daughter to raise his/her hand for permission or conversational purposes;
-refrain from denying our son/daughter restroom privileges, water and food sources at any moment or time of day;
-refrain from allowing our son/daughter to be in the presence of any school health counselor, career counselor, or psychological counselor at any time before, during, or after school hours;
-refrain from restricting our son’s/daughter’s choice of clothing and apparel;
-refrain from testing our son/daughter by special education instructors or to determine the need for special education classes or services;
-refrain from placing our son/daughter in any special education classes and/or subject them to any special education instruction.

The parents of this (school name) child will:

-attend school orientations, open houses and parent-teacher meetings;
-treat school personnel with the respect and dignity they’ve earned;
-encourage independent reading;
-guarantee regular attendance, promptness and readiness to pursue a meaningful education;
-minimize medical/dental appointments whenever necessary;
-volunteer in the classroom and/or school in a way that supports our child’s education;
-provide an escort of our choosing at all times for our child during the hours he/she is in attendance or public school.

I agree with this Parent-School Compact and pledge to do everything in my power to enhance student achievement and promote effective home-school communication.


_________________________________________     Date____/____/____
(signature of parent/guardian)

_________________________________________     Date____/____/____
(signature of child/student)

__________________________________________     Date____/____/____
(signature of child’s teacher)

__________________________________________     Date____/____/____
(signature of principal)


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A stop on one of our many homeschool excursions to explore the country


Friday, November 23, 2012

Robert Kiyosaki predicts public school teachers will become obsolete

Robert Kiyosaki talks about his predictions for 2013 in a fascinating video recently posted on his website. One of those predictions includes the transformation of the public education system by mobile devices, such as the iphone. This means that public school teachers will become obsolete in the near future.

Watch Kiyosaki's fifty minute video at www.richdad.com and see what you think.

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Sunday, November 4, 2012

Can your child still learn without electricity and gasoline?

Since Hurricane Sandy recently visited the East coast, the headlines keep getting creepier and creepier. Take, for instance this one from the New York Post:

Chaos reigns at free gas fiasco

“The guidance is to get gas to first responders, but we’re also pushing regular people through,” admitted Captain Terry Benson of the National Guard’s 69th Infantry Regiment.

But regular people like Belaniel Daley were fed up.

“I’ve been at the front of the line for 2 1/2 hours and now they want to move the tanker and they’re just giving to the first responders, who I’m sure are getting gas for their family and friends,” said Daley, 45. “I need this gas to get my kid to school.”

After living through Hurricane Irene here in Vermont in 2011, it's not difficult to understand what can transpire during the aftermath. Basements get flooded, businesses get destroyed, whole homes get washed away and people die. The world, as you know it, is gone. There are weeks and weeks of mucking out toxic mud. There are piles and piles of debris and trash to haul away. There are bad dreams and insecurities to deal with.

I'm not a heartless person, but it behooves me to understand, why amongst all this chaos and confusion, someone's priorities would be focused on returning their child to 'school' when everyone around them have barely enough to eat and are without basic shelter, clothing and security. Daley's statement about needing gas to "get my kid to school" strikes me as rather odd and selfish. As though, getting the children of New York City back into schooling were some sort of wonderful or divine accomplishment.  

As veteran homeschoolers we all know her 'kid' will learn whether he/she returns to school or not. That's just the way children are designed. Unless Daley's own home is totally devoid  of books, activities and experiences for her child, that youngster will still learn, in or out of school, with or without electricity or gasoline. Of course, there could be extenuating circumstances that are driving this mom to get her child back into school so soon after this natural disaster. It just seems to me that focusing one's energy and resources toward getting your 'kid' back to public schooling so soon after all this devastation is a misplaced priority.

Hurricane Irene 2011
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Saturday, October 6, 2012

Burdock balls, leaf jumping and pumpkin carving

What do burdock balls, leaf jumping and pumpkin carving all have in common? As unschoolers they all signified the last remnants of summer and the beginning of our 'official' unschool year.

We didn't use the local school calendar to determine our schedule for learning. The way we saw education was that it happens 365 days a year. It didn't make sense to lock ourselves into a meaningless 180 day schedule, nor did we consider classroom learning our only option. In fact, we thought of the world as our school.

If we followed any sort of calendar at all it was based on nature. We settled into a routine of structured learning from the time when the leaves fell from the trees until the pussy willows appeared in the spring. That was our unschool year. Any time before or after that was playtime! Time to play, time to travel, time to relax, kick back and let life unfold. There were adventures to live, people to meet and places to explore. We learned lots from our play and travels.

One fall our son actually introduced me to burdock as an art medium. Growing up burdock was simply a nuisance, especially when it gets entangled in long hair, either your own or in your horse's tail. I remember long hours combing it out of both. My children were always so creative with what nature provided. They could turn the simplest thing, such as a pile of leaves, into hours of fun and learning.

Relax. Kick back and enjoy those early fall days. Don't be in a rush to crack open those workbooks or start with the drudgery of lesson plans. There will be time for all that once winter sets in. Go outside, lift your face to the sun and create something exciting from nature's own palette. You'll be creating some wonderful memories as well.

Burdock can be used to sculpt shapes such as balls...

...or a burdock dog!

Some of the best playthings fall free from above

Pumpkins serve a dual purpose...food and fun


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Thursday, October 4, 2012

Win a Guerrilla Homeschooling hat!



Here's how:
During the month of October readers can tell Guerrilla Homeschooling 'why they love unschooling' in 50 words or less. Leave your comments here and the winner will be drawn at random from the best 50 responses on October 31st. Must be 18 or older to qualify and must live in the United States, Canada or UK.

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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

'Learn Free' is 14 1/2 minutes of pure joy!



This sweet 14 1/2 minute ditty is titled 'Learn Free' and is an unschooling documentary. These parents have captured the true essence of what unschooling is all about.

Kudos to all who produced this little uplifting video of pure joy!
 
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Monday, September 24, 2012

The bungee jumping chicken of Huntington

The beauty of homeschooling is that it allows you the time and freedom to disengage from the public school rat race and consider other points of view or conclusions.

While living in Huntington, Vermont during the mid 1990's we raised our own chickens. If you've ever raised meat birds you'd know they are specifically bred for rapid growth. Unfortunately, a drawback for some chickens to that accelerated development is the inability to walk after several weeks.

We had one such bird whom we named Harriet. Being unable to walk made it impossible for Harriet to free range with the remainder of the flock. This was a problem, not only for poor Harriet but for us as well. She was too young for butchering and too disabled to forage on her own. We needed to find a solution to Harriet's dilemma.

After much thought we decided to outfit Harriet for mobility. We fashioned a harness for her using our young son's old pajama top. Harriet's legs fit neatly into the small sleeves and the shirt had several snaps in the back for fastening. The back of the pajama top was then attached to a bungee cord which hung from the barn ceiling. Harriet was lifted up, using this make-shift harness, relieving the weight from her legs and she was able to walk or jump a few steps in any direction. She was then able to peck at her food and water as she normally would have. With this contraption Harriet was able to maintain her growth and her dignity as a chicken.

Without the artificially hurried pace of a school-centered life, we have always had the time and freedom to find our own solutions or solve problems that arise in our day-to-day existence. Sometimes those problems have been minor (not to Harriet) and at times they have been monumental. With homeschooling we've always managed to overcome those many obstacles with our family and sanity intact.  Outside forces sometimes caused those problems but we own our decisions and actions in dealing with them. It made us stronger, wiser and closer as a homeschooling family.

As for Harriet, later that summer she served us well and joined her flock at our dinner table. Well nourished children, both physically and academically, was our happy ending to this tale of the bungee jumping chicken of Huntington.



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Quote: Napoleon Hill

"Education-let us not forget this-consists of the power with which to get everything one needs when he needs it, without violating the rights of his fellow men." 
Napoleon Hill

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Sunday, July 22, 2012

3 Good Reasons Why NOT To Use Public Schools

Are parents paying attention to the news and trends this year? Are they uncertain what to think about the economy or the tranquility of the world? Are the extreme weather patterns we're experiencing a fluke?  For instance, here's a sampling of what's happening in our world:

Global Recession

Drought

Floods & Wildfires

Trends

Food Prices

Education

WWIII

It's time to keep your family close, not only for monetary reasons but for safety as well. For homeschoolers every day is a 'snow' day. For homeschoolers every day is a Saturday! Three good reasons why you should consider NOT sending your child to public school this fall include:

1) Safety...know where your children are at ALL times, especially your very young children. Today, the schools are full of frustrated and dangerous bullies, including staff members who work there. Not only are the schools dangerous to the health of your child but they undermine your child's spirituality, learning and happiness.

2) Money...you can save a bundle by not sending your child to public school. You'll save on transportation, clothing, meals, fundraising, sports, club dues and a myriad of other hidden expenses. You and your children can work together at a home-based business and supplement their education with a free library card and the internet for all the information the world has to offer.

3) Education...let's face it, the public schools are failing to educate unless you consider outcome based learning an education. Homeschoolers are open-sourced learners and test way above their public schooled peer group. Even if you work full-time you CAN homeschool. Learn more about homeschooling by reading the 16 Dos and Don'ts for a successful homeschool experience here at Guerrilla Homeschooling.

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Friday, March 30, 2012

We're being hornswoggled into collapse by our own ignorance


Anyone, besides me, ready to go back to the horse and buggy days? I mean literally? I grew up on a rural Vermont farm with 9 brothers and sisters. We were 2 miles from the village and 13 miles from the nearest city. We were self-sufficient, rarely saw doctors, made or grew most everything we needed and we were happy. My siblings and I learned how to milk cows, ride and drive horses, grow gardens, raise livestock, fish, hunt, fix things, forage and we learned how to get along. As children nature was our toy box. We resembled the Waltons in many ways. We walked the 2 miles to a two-room schoolhouse for grades 1-6, along with about 12 neighbor children, or to ride the school bus for high school six miles away.

If the present economic situation in this country keeps deteriorating and we're eventually forced to shut down transit, the box stores, the albatross public schools and other entities, we'll need to become LOCAL once again, the way it was 100 years ago. By local I mean we’ll get most of our supplies and fulfill our needs closer to home. We’ll be more dependent on local businesses, friends, family and neighbors. I can deal with that. For me, I can return to my roots and I know I'll be fine. But, what about you?

We need to weed out the welfare system, the public school system, the banking system, the political system and focus our military on protecting our nation, not policing the world. Taxes are eating everyone alive and for what? Parents live in fear of government with every decision they make concerning their child's welfare and upbringing. This is a major reason why I hammer down on public schooling so hard because that is one of the main places where all this nonsense is bred. People are so hornswoggled by the schools we have an uneducated citizenry that can't function properly anymore.

If we're 'forced' to dial back our present day existence people will have to rethink this calamity we're in. Some (maybe many) people will get hurt but with any disaster it has a way of bringing out the best in us. I want to see this world return to a more meaningful way of life on a more humane level. Sure, I use the internet, electric grid, my vehicle for business and joy riding, but if all that stopped I’d adapt. I’d overcome and I’d improvise too, just like the Marines.

The politicians in this country are out of control. The state and federal governments are out of control. Taxes and inflation are out of control. Police departments and social workers are out of control. Public schools are out of control. Debt is out of control. Bankers have long been out of control and the mainstream media is too controlled. A total collapse, if it’s going to happen, can’t arrive soon enough for me. Let’s get this pain over with. Let’s get on with recovering and living in a less complicated and corrupt world. 


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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Obamacare!




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If integrity was a thunder mug public school teachers wouldn't have a pot to pee in

Watch out folks, I'm coming out swinging.

Those who teach in the pubic schools for a paycheck have far less integrity than a parent who teaches their young out of love. There, I said it.

Think about it. Would all those union backed teachers be in the classroom if teaching was a calling? A calling implies divine influence. In my experience the majority of public school teachers are where they are because 1) it's the only life they know, having been in a classroom all their life; 2) they have become so embedded in this decidedly rank system so long it's their only means of putting food on their table or paying their mortgage; and 3) without much effort or caring their union provides them with job comfort and job security.

Homeschooling parents, on the other hand, share a special bond with each of their 'students' and make their decisions based on love, not on some far-fetched notion of what their boss has mandated. Parents grow with their children. They are with them at every age and every learning stage of that growth. Public school teachers are locked into particular age groups and subject matter. Where is the growth or enlightenment in that?

Don't be telling me pubic school teachers care about the children entrusted to them. There is no way you can care deeply enough about the past, present or future of a child unless your are part of that child's continuous world into adulthood. Would you still care if your paycheck stopped arriving to your bank account? Certainly not. You'd be out the door seeking money for your next credit card or student loan payment, or you'd be crying to your union leaders to keep the taxpayer's money flowing to your wallet.

The public school's phony-baloney excuses and blather about vested interests, socialization, accreditation and teaching credentials no longer work. Parents are the ones with the true stake in their children, families and community, far more than schools could ever be. The splendor is children instinctively know this and they can see the public school will never have their best interest at heart.

So, to all you disingenuous public school teachers out there please stop telling me you have a calling. It is not!. Stop referring to the children as 'our' children. They are not! You are not some sort of divine intervention brought about by the loving hand of a deity. You are simply an employee backed by a ruthless union that has squandered the innocence and intellect of countless children over the years. It is time for this unmitigated and unchallenged thuggery to stop. It is time to mothball public schooling.


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Apparently Pennsylvania police recruit from the bottom of the dregs...their social workers are the scum that float on top

Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) has posted a heart breaking story about a mom and her newborn baby girl in the state of Pennsylvania. This story needs your attention. It is not a homeschooling case but it speaks volumes about the threat to parental rights, not only in the state of Pennsylvania but all across America. Far too many unsuspecting parents are getting caught in the traps set by state and federal officials. The state's favorite tactic is kicking you when you're down!

Newborn Seized in Hospital by Police, Social Worker by Michael P. Farris, Esq. HSLDA Chairman.

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Saturday, March 24, 2012

How and why bankers create wars and depressions

This is an excellent video to watch with your homeschooling child. Learn what you were never taught in public school about the history of money. Find out how and why bankers create wars and depressions. After watching this you'll realize there were some major holes in your education concerning presidential assassinations and debt. Learn the symbolism behind L Frank Baum's Wizard of Oz and it's relationship to our national debt. Which do you want: freedom or serfdom? Watch and be enlightened.



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The newest addition to our little homestead

I love spring! It brings forth a rebirth and new life. Our Rhode Island Red chicks arrived today and are fun to watch.

Posing for the camera

So fluffy and cute but built for pest control

So much fun to watch them pecking and scratching

All tucked in for the first night in their new home
Looking forward to some fresh free range eggs and less bugs! Chicks are great for teaching a child how to care for livestock and learning where certain foods come from. Children seem to bond with baby animals. That is good because they'll be more apt to take better care of their critters. Not only are chickens beneficial to your garden, they feed you with nutritious eggs. They are a terrific investment.

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Monday, March 19, 2012

Wow! College @ Home's great homeschool graphic & info

Homeschool Domination
Created by: College At Home

Get this great graphic here and embed it on your blog or website. The next time you get into a debate with your crazy aunt about homeschooling vs. public schooling this information will help you win the day.

Kudos to College@Home for a great presentation!

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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Charlotte Iserbyt reveals the truth about public schooling: We lost our country and your vote no longer matters



This is a chilling video but Iserbyt is open and honest about the history of American education. Iserbyt explains why and how we lost our country. Ever wonder why people say their vote doesn't count? There is no difference between the two main political parties. Public schools are NOT about education. Parents are realizing this and turning to homeschooling in increasing numbers, but is it too late? How much longer will we be allowed to homeschool before it comes to a screeching halt? Can Americans stomach another revolution? Can we take back our country and our constitution? Do you want your children to be the fodder that keeps feeding the public school monster?


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Saturday, March 10, 2012

To Ann Friedman and all you other feminist man-haters

I'm sorry, but after 40 years of in-your-face feminist man-haters I have to finally say what I think about this contraceptive brouhaha that's churning in the press and on the internet. Ann Friedman's International Slutty Women's Day: A Story in GIF's was the final straw for me. Whether you agree or disagree, this was my response on Facebook: (warning: this is in-your-face if you are a feminist man-hater)

"The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world." Sorry, I don't want me, or my daughters, or my granddaughters to be like Hollywood's version of a woman. No self-respecting woman would act like this and it's time Hollywood and liberals stop cheapening womanhood. Take it back to the bedroom and out of my face, ladies! I refuse to be a feminist man-hater. It's simple...MAKE BETTER CHOICES and stop trying to be like the liberal stereotype corporate America and Hollywood portray. Develop some SELF-respect and stop acting like the cheap trash the liberals have brainwashed you into being. Stop letting it 'all hang out' and debasing your womanhood. Women, stop sending YOURSELVES back to the stone ages. Paying taxes and insurance premiums doesn't mean you need to cheapen your existence as a woman. If you want to whore around, fine, but there is a reason why we keep hearing 'why buy the cow when the milk is free' and it has little to do with bovines. If you want contraceptives enough to lower yourself to the level of livestock, fine, but when you're treated like a slab of beef by all your sex partners don't complain about it and don't expect me to pay for your hanky-pankying around. I am sick of man-hating feminists who have been in my face since the late 1960's and who keep harping on their own mistakes. Get a grip, ladies and take a look in the mirror. Preferably, when you're not wearing some floozy outfit that doesn't cover your boobs, belly button and butt!

There, I said it. Now, I feel better.

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Friday, February 24, 2012

Forced public schooling has led us to the gates of hell



(Warning: violence, profanity, nudity and deeply moving images of broken children)

Our leaders have led us to the gates of hell. Some have already passed through. Will the remainder of us be forced to enter or will we be able to pull back and save our own humanity?

Homeschoolers have the freedom to learn and teach the truth. We have a duty to reciprocate and allow others the opportunity to act upon this information. You can believe what you are told by our leaders and in the media, or you can seek out the truth for yourself.  This is a powerful video. Watch. Learn. Believe or not believe. It is your choice.

Just one more piece to the puzzle why free-thinking and independent homeschoolers are seen as a threat to the status quo.

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Saturday, February 18, 2012

Is your child "damaged goods already marked for failure"?

In 1992 Mark Tucker, known as the Music Man of Education Reform, wrote his famous 18 page letter to Hillary Clinton to congratulate her on winning the presidential election. Not much has changed since he penned the letter and education in this country has gone from bad to worse under Bush-1, the Clintons (yes, they thought of themselves as a team), Bush-2 and now Obama. It seems the only reform education gets in this country is the catchy little name put on the programs that are implemented by each administration: Goals 2000, Outcome Based Education, School-To-Work, No Child Left Behind, etc.

For those of you who remember this letter, it caused quite a stir. Once this idea took hold of the public schools in the form of OBE, homeschooling took off like a greyhound out of the starting gate. Tucker's cradle to grave idea is still around and much has been written about it. OBE was regretfully legislated into many states but here in Vermont it was allowed into our schools through the back door, thanks to a few old codgers looking to get their names engraved on some state owned buildings.

The most offensive part of Tucker's ideas that the politicians were thrilled to go along with, was his idea that children were simply considered as human resources. You know, sort of like chattel to be herded about and whipped into conformity. Everything was planned out for your child from birth because the government wanted to make sure (and still does) your child is prepared for the work force. If you didn't comply and your child wasn't properly primed using state standards, or if your child had learning disabilities, then your child could be considered "damaged goods already marked for failure". What happens to damaged goods? Take a look around. Just who, exactly, is creating the damaged goods? How much longer can America survive when its public schools continue to follow this path of non-education?

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OBE-Goals 2000 Revamped by Obama But Still The Same 'Ol Same 'Ol



Good grief. The Clintons were pushing for this same thing when they were squatting in the White House. Even Bush senior was talking Goals 2000 when he was in office. Has anyone noticed that public school children in this country aren't getting any smarter? Wait! Some people have noticed and they're taking their children out in droves in order to homeschool them.

Appears to me this book may be well worth the read.

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Thursday, February 16, 2012

5 Ways Grandparents Can Help Homeschool Their Grandchildren

As parents we've probably imagined at some time what it would be like to be a grandparent. Well, that time has arrived for many of us and it is a wondrous experience. Children grow quickly and there just isn't enough time to teach them all there is to know about life or all you want them to know. As grandparents we have a duty to see our grandchildren grow up in a loving, nurturing, safe environment.

Today, however, there is one major difference to the educational aspect of raising children. It is the re-establishment of the parent and family as the primary source for imparting knowledge to the young. It is known today as homeschooling. Homeschooling is not new. It's been around a long time. For centuries children have been taught by their parents well into their young adult lives. Without going into the nitty gritty of the history of education, here are 5 ways the grandparents of today can help homeschool their grandchildren: 

1. Learn all there is to know about homeschooling. Research the pros and cons, the history of homeschooling, and absorb as much information on the subject as you can. If you haven't had the privilege of raising a homeschooled child yourself, you weren't submerged in the day to day nuances of this natural way of learning.  However, you did raise your own child and you developed a common sense approach to learning. In other words, you're wiser! Some good books on homeschooling to get you started are The Homeschooling Book of Answers and Homeschooling: The Early Years by Linda Dobson.

2. Set aside money in your budget for your grandchild's homeschooling. Do you presently donate money to worthy causes? Then make your grandchild's education one of them. Start a special fund and use it to purchase homeschool materials and books.  Use it for field trips or pay for music lessons your grandchild is taking. Earmark a few dollars of that fund to teach your grandchild about money and how to invest it. Some great books for teaching personal finance are Rich Dad, Poor Dad and Increase Your Financial IQ by Robert Kiyosaki.

3. Make your own home child friendly and a learning environment. Keep a ready supply of educational toys, books and materials on hand. Make them available at all times. Take some of your old hats, shoes, clothing or jewelry and create a dress-up box for your grandchild to enjoy. Put together a tool box for your grandchild so you can work on special projects together. Keep child size garden tools handy if you like to work outdoors or equipment for other outdoor activities. Plan at least one special educational experience each time your grandchild visits or you visit them, even if it's as simple as giving them a new book for their home library. 

4. Become a mentor for your grandchild. You are a wealth of information--cash in on it and share what you know. Your grandchild will think you're the smartest person in the world and love you for it. Learning needn't be drudgery so develop your own special way to impart your knowledge that is fun and meaningful. As an older adult you've lived a full life so far and hopefully you've learned many good lessons. Read to your grandchild or teach them how to garden, how to build a birdhouse or how to cook a favorite old recipe. Teach them skills they need to know to survive and thrive in this world.

5. Let your grandchild inherit their history from you. Share with them your knowledge, your experience and your love of their heritage. Tell them about their ancestors and let them know who these people were. Most children want to know where they came from, historically speaking. Did they have ancestors who migrated from another country? Do they resemble a great-great-great grandparent? Pass on to your grandchild the treasures you've kept in a trinket box all these years and tell them the stories behind each old photo, lock of hair, pocket watch or letter. That way, if they should inherit one of those items they'll know it's history and why it was worth keeping. Children love listening to stories, especially when you have a prop to go with it. Become their favorite storyteller. 


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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Homeschooling Parents Get New Hope in Custody Dispute

Homeschooling Parents Get New Hope in Custody Dispute

“The government shouldn’t abduct and imprison children simply because it doesn’t like homeschooling. This atrocity must stop,” says ADF senior legal Counsel Roger Kiska, who is based in Europe. “The recent ruling from Europe’s highest court recognizes the harm that comes to a child when he is separated from his parents for such an excessive amount of time. Domenic should be returned to his parents immediately.”

Swedish barbarians! Yeah, we've got a few here who work for the Vermont Department of Education too.

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Preschooler’s Homemade Lunch Replaced with Cafeteria “Nuggets”

Preschooler’s Homemade Lunch Replaced with Cafeteria “Nuggets”

"The Division of Child Development and Early Education at the Department of Health and Human Services requires all lunches served in pre-kindergarten programs — including in-home day care centers — to meet USDA guidelines. That means lunches must consist of one serving of meat, one serving of milk, one serving of grain, and two servings of fruit or vegetables, even if the lunches are brought from home."

Why do parents insist on torturing themselves and their children by participating in programs like this? I guess I'll never understand a parent not wanting to raise their own child and letting the state do the job.

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Monday, February 13, 2012

Cincinnati High School Paying Students To Come To School « CBS Cleveland

Cincinnati High School Paying Students To Come To School « CBS Cleveland

“People will say you’re rewarding kids for something they should already be doing anyway,” Davenport told the Enquirer. “But they’re not doing it. We’ve tried everything else.”

Here's an idea. How about just teaching these students what they need to know to live and survive in the real world, not all this touchy-feely politically correct garbage that goes on in there now.

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