Monthly Archives: January 2014

Tea Party Principles

All along the way we have heard people say, ”We need to compromise so we can make progress with our political and social goals”.  Well, what would our founding fathers say about our republic?  I would guess most would advocate … Continue reading

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Public School Teachers are Not the Problem

Education is complex and full of variables that affect the outcome.  The system is the problem.  The problem started when “The Father of Public Education”, Horace Mann, gained influence over the American educational system from the Congregational church.  The Congregational … Continue reading

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Teaching Used to be Fun

A dedicated, veteran teacher said this to me as we were working in the staff lounge.  With more federalized programs like Common Core and No Child Left Behind, there is little room for creativity as teachers are to teach to … Continue reading

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Pure Food: Back to Eden

A bright pink button displayed next to my calendar in the kitchen states, “G.M.O. Free”.  Staying true to this motto, however, is another challenge.  We are surrounded by chemically infused foods.  Most people in my circle believe that if the … Continue reading

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Urban Gardens, Food Addiction, and the Standard American Diet (S.A.D.)

Americans like cheap, good tasting, attractive food.  Advertisers and food producers know this.  Fancy packaging fills the stores with enticing pictures and it works!  Personally, I believe Americans have a food addiction.  I am surrounded by overweight sick people.  It … Continue reading

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Why I Quit Teaching in the Public Schools

It amazes me every year how many children attend public schools and how many parents are willing to enroll them in these institutions.  Public education costs Americans about 600 billion dollars every year.  I became a teacher because I enjoy … Continue reading

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Enjoyment in Learning and Work

School originates from the Greek word “leisure”.  When translated it means the freedom to do something.  Learning was enjoyable for me.  It continues to be.  Education should be this way for all students.  But why is it not?  ACT (The … Continue reading

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School Lunches are Gross!

Trays of unidentifiable food would fill my classroom on rainy days.  The chicken nuggets and fries were morphed into one blob of mush.  The pizza actually looked plastic.  The breakfasts consisted of colored cereals and pasteurized low-fat milk in plastic.  … Continue reading

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Home Education Offers Unrestrained Learning

Parents have the prerogative to choose the educational path for their children.  It is their God-given right and responsibility.  Home schooling offers individualized instruction designed personally for kids.  Home schooled children get to move at their own pace and use … Continue reading

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Old Computer Games Continue to Offer Educational Fun

Zoombinis Logical Journey and Oregon Trail II by The Learning Company and Math Blaster by Knowledge Adventure were computer games that most of my students enjoyed.  Zoombinis teaches problem solving and logic math skills.  Math Blaster has an assortment of … Continue reading

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