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I have not been to the MidWest Homeschool Convention in Cincinnati, but my wife has mentioned going for the last few years. We/[she] have been recently disappointed with the local (Indianapolis – IAHE). I have heard that they have great speakers and a HUGE Exhibit Hall. Even though it is further away, it appears to be very AFFORDABLE REGISTRATION. Plus, it could be a mini-vacation, away from home (bonus for the Mrs.).
In an age where boys sit on the couch, play video games and eat crap, this book is a breath of fresh air. Literally, boys will go outside. This book is so dangerous because it lets boys be boys, not the mamby-pamby, effeminate, androgynous version of what our politically-correct culture foists on us.
I purchased A Dangerous Book for Boys last week for my son…and I. This is going to be a fun summer!
I pray that this will be a summer of bruised knees, courage, and exploration.
Here is the lead-in to an article published over at OpinionJournal.com (registration required):
$34.06 an Hour
That’s how much the average public school teachers makes. Is that “underpaid”?
BY JAY P. GREENE AND MARCUS A. WINTERS
Friday, February 2, 2007 12:01 a.m. EST
Who, on average, is better paid–public school teachers or architects? How about teachers or economists? You might be surprised to learn that public school teachers are better paid than these and many other professionals. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, public school teachers earned $34.06 per hour in 2005, 36% more than the hourly wage of the average white-collar worker and 11% more than the average professional specialty or technical worker.
Being that my wife is a [former public school] teacher along with most of her family and I am an architect primarily serving public schools clientele, this stings.
Read the rest of the article here.
It seems that with every other profession, compensation is directly proportional to productivity. Not in public schools.
And don’t even bring that up at family gatherings. Or client meetings.
The real question that should be asked is: who is responsible for the education of my chldren? (Emphasis emphasized for a reason: wink, wink, nudge, nudge).
Here are more articles to help with homeschooling from a biblical worldview:
I have not (yet) read this paper, but the concept is very interesting:
In our homeschool, we are trying to make everything based on a biblical worldview. My oldest child is eight (third grade), but this will come in handy soon.
(HT: JT @ Between Two Worlds)
The following is a devotional meditation I wrote for my children’s school. They meet once a week (homeschool fine arts co-op), and each week a different father is asked to provide the devotional meditation for grades K-8 (lower/upper grammar and dialectic). Here goes:
Have you ever done work in a garden; or have you ever seen a farmer work in a field? There are two big events that take place when farming: one in the springtime and the other in the fall.
The big activity in the springtime, when the farmer scatters the seed is called “sowing. Then, in the fall, the farmer needs to gather his crops; that is called reaping (or harvesting).
Just like a farmer sows seed in the ground to reap fruit later, we must sow seed in our hearts to reap good later. Following are some observations about sowing and reaping.
Family worship, in our home, has been on-and-off.
But mostly off.
Let me offer background (brief summary):
Our family began in the summer of 1995 when my bride and I exchanged vows before God and man. Rabbit hopped into our lives in January 1998. Eeyore strolled in January 1999. After giving my wife plenty of rest, Pooh joined us in May 2001. Finally (so far), Tigger bounced into our family in September 2002.
Ok, we are weird.
My wife and I are “young-ish.” When we meet new people (without our children present)…well, here is a typical introductory conversation: