Education and Freedom Philosophy

It’s that time of year again!  School, a place where ideas are passed on to the next generation.  Parents, who have the authority over their children, willingly send their children to public school institutions where a few government employees determine the  curricula for about 1.3 million students.  All must conform to the system even if every person is individually different.  Ron Paul published a book a few years ago titled, The School Revolution. https://www.amazon.com/School-Revolution-Answer-Broken-Education/dp/1455577170  This book is easy to read and well worth your time if you are looking for educational alternatives.

Ron Paul believes that “the most meaningful way to improve the world is to free up the creativity of individuals” in contrast to conformity and centralization of public education.  He further states that self government is the foundation of liberty.  He believes that the bottom line of leadership is self government and self mobilization.  He additionally believes that self improvement and discipline, as well as, self government will transform culture.  His philosophy for education is that self government must be its foundation and that students should be disciplined and motivated “to learn the techniques of research, analysis, writing, and public speaking.”  Education should be an enjoyable process where each child is addressed as an individual and not as a clone.  Home education enables this to happen.  Your child will be “happy and normal”.

 

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Inexpensive Summer Water Fun

We purchased this spray bottle at the 99 Cents Only Store.  Over the years, we have purchased water blasters, spray guns, and other water toys.  This has been the most used and enjoyed.  It has endured months of use without breaking.  This could be used at a birthday party or any party where children may decorate with Sharpie’s or other craft items with adult supervision.  Have fun!plumria 002

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An “Olympic” Breakfast

While enjoying the many Olympic events in Rio, we cooked up this amazing breakfast.  It started with an Amish Harvest Grain Belgian waffle grilled on our *Rome cast iron waffle maker.  Home made lemon curd was slathered on next. Our lemon curd recipe came from All Recipes:  http://allrecipes.com/recipe/53683/perfect-lemon-curd/ .  A tip to cooking the lemon curd is to start with cold lemon juice or use a double boiler so that the eggs don’t cook while making the custard.  Then came the “red, white, and blue” organic bananas, strawberries, and blueberries.  Yum!

*If you decide to use a Rome waffle maker (purchased on Amazon), make sure that it is well seasoned before cooking on it.  We spray it with coconut oil prior to every waffle.  Additionally, we have discovered that the waffles cook best when the grill is very hot so the waffles must be watched closely.  The recipe we used for the Belgian waffles came in the Rome waffle maker package.plumria 001

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Extra Spelling Help with this Old Book

Today I ordered The American Spelling Book by Noah Webster.  We have been using McGuffey’s Spelling Book along with the readers.  My student requires more help with spelling, so we are going to give this a try.  There are many great reviews about this book on Amazon.

https://www.amazon.com/American-Spelling-Book-Noah-Webster/dp/1557094691/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1469925697&sr=8-2&keywords=blue+book+speller

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Ladies Tea Transforming Exhortation

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind,” (Romans 12:1-2)

Cultural transformation begins with the individual.  It begins with the Bible and applying/living by the truths of God’s word.  At a recent women’s tea the speaker challenged us to consider one of our weaknesses.  We were encouraged to write it down on a piece of paper with solutions as to how we were to overcome that weakness.  I wrote it down and added some Scripture references to help me to remember the truth.  We were told to put it in our wallet.  It works.  It is amazing how many times I have opened my wallet and that piece of paper was there reminding me about my weakness and how to overcome it.  This tea was over two months ago.  I continue gaining strength in this area of my life and having some victory over it thanks to the subtle reminder in my wallet.

 

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“Why Can’t We Have a One World Government?” Ryan (8 years old)

A 3rd grade public school student asked me this question.  My first thought was “tyranny”, but I needed to give this child a reasonable answer.  I paraphrased a quote by Ron Paul,

“Freedom is not defined by safety. Freedom is defined by the ability of citizens to live without government interference. Government cannot create a world without risks, nor would we really wish to live in such a fictional place.”

A one world government by the State is not God’s design for society.  Decentralization is His design as it benefits both the leaders and the citizens.  God is the ruler of the State.   (1 Timothy 6:15)   An example for an orderly State comes from Moses in the Bible.  Moses’ father-in-law, Jethro, had recently arrived on the scene at Sinai.  Jethro observed this:  The next day, Moses had the special job of judging the people. There were so many people that they had to stand before him all day.”  (Exodus 18:13)  “Jethro saw Moses judging the people. He asked, “Why are you doing this? Why are you the only judge? And why do people come to you all day?”  (Exodus 18:14)   But Moses’ father-in-law said to him, “This isn’t the right way to do this.   It is too much work for you to do alone. You cannot do this job by yourself. It wears you out. And it makes the people tired too.”(Exodus 18:17-18)  Jethro went on to advise Moses to choose leaders that loved God’s law, were trustworthy, and did not take bribes to lead groups of thousands, hundreds, fifties, and tens.  It is all about locality and service to the people for everyone’s good.  Societal order begins at the bottom with people who implement God’s law on a personal level.  It builds into the family, then to the church, and subsequently to the city-state.

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No Knead Amish Harvest Blend Sourdough Bread

This bread is simple and delicious.  I make two loaves once a week for my family.  I made a sour dough starter a few years ago.  I “feed it” when I make my loaves.  The mason jar is pictured in the right corner of the photo.  The recipe begins with two greased loaf pans (I use glass) and coconut oil for greasing.  Add one cup of sour dough starter, one cup warm milk, and one cup warm water.  Add 2 tsp. yeast, *1 Tbsp. salt (or less if you like), about 1/4 cup coconut oil, 1/3 cup honey.  Stir.  Let yeast bloom for about 10 minutes.  Add about 4 cups of flour (we use Amish Harvest Blend).  Stir until blended.  Pour into bread pans.  Cover and let rise until bread reaches the top of pans (about 2 hours).  Giggle to let our air bubbles for second rise.  Let rise until reaches near the top of bread pans.  Bake at 375 for about 30 minutes.  Cool or serve warm.  Lasts one week in the refrigerator.  Delicious!roof and garden 011

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