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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