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Past posts have also been transferred over to the new address. Eventually, this blog will be made private, so please join me there!

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Posted in Homeschooling & Education

Intelligence Plus Character

Théophile Duverger - La Leçon

The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.

-Martin Luther King, Jr.

Read more at: https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/martin_luther_king_jr_402936

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Nature Study: Black-Bordered Lemon Moth

We are currently focusing on insects for our nature study with the help of Arabella Buckley’s Insect Life book.

Arabella Buckley was an English author, so the topics of her chapters don’t always pertain to wildlife in our area.  However, the exercises at the end of each chapter are great and give good guidance for things to look for outside.  Each week, we read a chapter of her book, look up the insects mentioned online, and then go outside and do our own hunt.

One of the first insects we found this year was actually found in our house (Yikes!). It was a black-bordered lemon moth and we ended up having to keep it trapped in a bug viewer for a couple of days because the temperatures seriously dropped outside during that time and we didn’t want to release it to its death.  Here is a wikimedia image of such a moth for your information:

- 9044 – Marimatha nigrofimbria – Black-bordered Lemon Moth (44108414582)

Here is some more brief information about these moths:

https://www.insectidentification.org/insect-description.asp?identification=Black-Bordered-Lemon-Moth

Apparently, they eat Morning Glory leaves, which may explain why we found this moth around here.

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Age Mixing is Good for Skill Development

Evidence that age-segregated schooling isn’t all it’s cracked up to be:

Youngsters who regularly mix with older people have better language, reading and social skills, according to a new report.

United For All Ages (UAA), a think-tank looking at closer links between childcare providers and care homes, found that children benefited from one-to-one attention with older people, while the elderly in turn were less likely to suffer feelings of loneliness and reported an improved quality of life.

Read more: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6562117/Mixing-older-people-boost-childs-language-reading-social-skills.html

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62 Edible Wild Plants That You Didn’t Know You Could Eat

Double Dandelion

Good to know from Basis Gear:

You’re  in the woods with some friends and realise neither of you packed enough food, what’s your first instinct? I certainly wouldn’t panic and neither should you. You are probably armed with tools in your backpack. Combine that with the Earth vast variety of natural foods; you should have little problem in getting nourishment. What then are those food that aren’t only found in restaurants or grocery stores?

Read more: https://basisgear.com/edible-wild-plants/

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What Has Government Done To Reading?

Simon Glücklich Lesestunde 1889

Before the government created the problem:

School and Society, edited by James McCain Cattell:

Statistics compiled by the Bureau of Education for use at the Panama-Pacific Exposition, show that of children from 10 to 14 years of age there were in 1910 only 22 out of every 1,000 who could neither read nor write[.] … The following states report only one child in 1,000 between ages of 10 and 14 as illiterate: Connecticut, District of Columbia, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oregon, Utah, and Washington[.] …

Read more: https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2018/05/k12_history_of_the_conspiracy_against_reading.html

After the government “improved” reading education:

Emily Hanford, “Why Are We Still Teaching Reading the Wrong Way?,” New York Times

Our children aren’t being taught to read in ways that line up with what scientists have discovered about how people actually learn.

It’s a problem that has been hiding in plain sight for decades. According to the National Assessment of Educational Progress, more than six in 10 fourth graders aren’t proficient readers. It has been this way since testing began. A third of kids can’t read at a basic level.

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/26/opinion/sunday/phonics-teaching-reading-wrong-way.html

K-12: Meet Sue Dickson, a Hero of American Literacy

…An official at the Lastinger Center acknowledged: “In the state of Florida we know that large numbers of students – in some schools, 30, 40, 50 or even 80% – are not learning to read and are failing the state assessment.”  That is, sometimes only 20% actually learn to read, a shameful statistic.

Read more: https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2018/12/k12_meet_sue_dickson_a_hero_of_american_literacy.html

The solution:

“Common Core’s Terrible Reading Program Being Exposed Nationally,” Alex Newman, January 16, 2019:

The article, headlined “Why Millions Of Kids Can’t Read, And What Better Teaching Can Do About It,” focuses on the public schools in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Just a few years ago, only a bit over half of third graders were scoring proficient on the state reading test. Now, about 85 percent of kindergarten children are meeting or exceeding the benchmark literacy score. In some schools, it’s 100 percent.

What changed? The district started teaching teachers how to teach reading the correct way — using phonics and teaching children the relationship between letters and the sounds they represent.

Read more: https://freedomproject.com/the-newman-report/962-common-core-s-terrible-reading-program-being-exposed-nationally

Posted in Homeschooling & Education, News

Know-Nothings

What over a century of communist infiltration of the education system has wrought:

Professor Patrick Deneen at Notre Dame says, “My students are know-nothings. … Their brains are largely empty. … They are the culmination of western civilization, a civilization that has forgotten nearly everything about itself, and as a result, has achieved near-perfect indifference to its own culture.”

Read more: https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2018/10/k12_why_so_little_for_the_mind.html