I saw something the other night that made me cringe a little bit inside. I went to a fast-food place, and the register there has a little cup on the side of the screen that actually spits out the correct change needed for a transaction.
Why does this make me cringe? Because the person operating it seemed worried that it wouldn’t do it. Why do we need registers that count out the change FOR YOU? For that matter, why are schools now requiring calculators in classrooms? What ever happened to “doing the math in your head” and “showing your work”?
By the way…..”Hooked on Phonics” worked for us! This was something that really blew me away. I was a bit skeptical of this program, but when our daughter is outperforming people in grades ABOVE her, I knew this program has real merit to it! If you are homeschooling your kids, then this is the perfect program to get them started with. Here’s another fun factoid: the last child to win the NATIONAL spelling bee (not just for one school), was a homeschool kid.
After doing some research on it one week, I figured out why homeschooling is getting so pervasive. The public school systems HAVE NO SPINE. They’re so afraid of lawsuits, that they don’t want to deal with any children who are not robots who sit perfectly still. What is the answer? Have every parent who signs their kids up for school sign a contract that gives the school system jurisdiction to implement disciplinary action for kids who get out of line in class. Don’t send them home, for crying out loud – you’re only encouraging them! It’s why kids are home all the time, why they drop out, and why they have so many issues. It’s getting to the point where if a parent wants their kids to do well, they HAVE to teach them themselves – there IS no other choice. And by the way, DON’T get me started on this medication crap, because there are countless studies that show they have adverse effects on children, and if a child stays on Ritalin for more than five years, they cannot be taken off of it without possibly fatal effects – that’s how bad it is!
Check out this article on the subject if you don’t believe me.
I’m just gobsmacked by all this.