Education Around the Web, November 2015

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I have been very busy for the past few months and have rarely had both hands free at the same time, making it next to impossible to write blog posts.  However, I have been able to cobble together a few education-related headlines from this past month.  Here is what caught my eye:

Homeschooling:

School to homeschoolers: Sign up or face criminal charges

Leftism in Education:

Children as young as FOUR being given transgender lessons which encourage them to explore their ‘gender identities’

Dumbing Down of America? California School District’s New Grading Scale Gives out Cs for “Doing Absolutely Nothing at All”

Ontario elementary teachers to integrate transgender content into the “teaching of all subject areas”

Primary school BANS blind seven-year-old girl from using walking cane ‘because it could trip up teachers’

Utah school homework assignment to make propaganda poster for jihadi groups: “JOIN ISIS!”

Higher Education:

Universities Have Become Totalitarian Gulags

Subjects:

It pays to be good at maths! Nigerian professor solves 156-year-old Riemann problem to scoop $1 million prize

Ontario math scores remain low in latest round of testing

Primary school bans pupils from wearing goggles in swimming lessons because ‘they don’t prepare youngsters for emergency water situations’

The intricate handwriting and perfectly penned sketches of a 1930 schoolgirl that came to light when her satchel was found in a school clearout are a fascinating insight into a bygone age

Miscellaneous:

How starting school at seven can improve concentration at 11: Holding children back a year is found to reduce inattention by 73%

Praise hard work, ignore grades and NEVER tell them they’re clever: Super-tutor who has taught royalty reveals how to get children ‘addicted’ to learning

School leavers are unemployable because they can’t speak properly, says business leader

Teaching Wild Food to Children

Linda Runyon sells homeschool materials on wild food at her website Of the Field.

Survival

Here are some resources that can educate you on how to survive in trying times:

Biblical Scholarship — a non-reformed but interesting homeschooling website.  Scroll down for links to a lot of different resources for independent living.  This website has some controversial views (ie. on the geocentricity versus heliocentricity issue) but is worth taking a look at.

Freedom Garden: Little Homestead in the City.  Self-sufficiency for city dwellers.

Of The Field — information on edible wild plants

Survival Blog

Surviving Off Off Grid by Michael Bunker.  Michael Bunker is an agrarian Christian who truly knows how to live off grid.  Although we haven’t read his book, it should be good reading even for those who do not agree with all of his views.