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.


Parent-School Compact

Telephone #:

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)


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 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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