17 (More) Reasons Why I Homeschool

I have done a couple of posts now on why I choose to homeschool, citing news articles about current events that continue to reaffirm our family’s decision to educate our children at home. I have continued to compile lists of recent events in the news (the list I am giving you today is news events just from the past month!), and it never ceases to amaze me the things that are happening in public schools these days. As a mother – especially a Christian mother – I simply cannot imagine sending my child to a public school knowing these things are going on all over the country. Please, as you are going through these lists, note that these things are happening everywhere; they are not simply isolated to a few “bad” areas. I urge you, please take a step back and pray about your child(ren)’s education, and see where God leads you.

So, yet again, here are even more reasons why I choose to homeschool.

 

  1. Because I am not okay with Bill Gates video taping my children.
  2. Because no child should come home with a bloodied face on his first day of school, or EVER.
  3. Because I’m pretty sure I’d wind up in jail facing assault charges if a teacher did this to my child – especially upon finding out that the teacher wasn’t terminated for such conduct.
  4. Because children should not be pressured into making career choices at 12 and 13 years old!
  5. Because… this. I shouldn’t need to waste my time explaining why this is wrong.
  6. Because parents should not have to pay $200 (on top of all the other costs) just to see their children graduate.
  7. Because extramarital sex and teen pregnancy should not be glorified.
  8. Because this is 2014, and teachers are not allowed to beat students!
  9. Because a child should never under any circumstances be denied the right to use the bathroom.
  10. Because hard work, competition, and a drive to succeed is what this nation was founded on and should en encouraged, not discouraged.
  11. Because I will never tolerate people like this educating my children.
  12. Because my husband and I will be educating our children about sex, family planning, and what moral standards are acceptable, not teachers.
  13. Because this is so incredulous, I can’t even find the words to express the ridiculousness of the situation.
  14. Because anyone who bans the use of sunscreen on OUTDOOR field trips, in JUNE, in TEXAS, is clearly not fit to make decisions about my children’s education.
  15. Because this is the sort of thing we as parents try to protect our children from; we should not have to fear our children encountering this at school! (And because I know for a fact that my husband would do the same thing if he were in this father’s shoes.)
  16. Because there has never been a school shooting at a homeschool.
  17. Because parents of first graders (or any age, for that matter) should not have to worry about their children being exposed to heroine!

10 (More) Reasons Why I Homeschool

Less than a month ago I wrote a post on Why I Homeschool my kids, citing 17 recent news events that support my family’s decision to home-educate our children. As soon as I posted, I began compiling another list. It seems that every time I read the news I am once again reminded why we made the best decision for our children! So, here are 10 MORE reasons why I homeschool:

  1. Because it’s inappropriate in every way for 10 year olds to be reading writing prompts about infidelity. I should not need to explain to a fellow adult why that is wrong.
  2. Because no parent should be banned from her child’s school for defending her daughter against a bully when the school chose to do nothing about it.
  3. Because no child should be banned from reading a BIBLE during FREE READING TIME.
  4. Because I believe that employers need to see MORE examples of the fact that homeschooled children turn into well-trained, hard-working adults who should be hired – not boycotted.
  5. Because children should not be given lap dances from their teacher as a birthday present!
  6. Because fathers should not be arrested over wanting to protect their children from sexually explicit required reading materials.
  7. Because when standardized testing becomes so important that teachers feel that they must risk their jobs by helping children cheat in order to keep the kids’ scores high, it’s clear to me that we are doing something very, very wrong.
  8. Because students should not be suspended over refusing to stand for the pledge of allegiance, regardless as to whether or not the teacher/principle agrees with the student’s views. As far as I know, we still live in a free country.
  9. Because 10 year olds should not have access to sexually graphic books within their school’s library.
  10. Because I do not want to send my kid off to get an education and have to worry that my child could be sexually pursued by a teacher!

17 Reasons Why I Homeschool

It seems like every time I read the news, I am reminded of why I feel homeschooling is so important. There are so many crazy things going on in our schools! It’s really quite alarming. When I read these articles I always think, “I really should make a list of all these crazy stories!” But, being me, I never followed through. Well, surprise surprise, a couple of months ago I actually did begin a list of the ones that upset me the most. This is only a compilation of the last couple of months, and I am sure that I will keep adding to it, but here goes…

Why I Homeschool:

  1. Because I don’t want to get arrested for choosing to walk my kid home from school instead of driving. (Isn’t that the “green” thing to do, anyway?)
  2. Because school officials who think that Ritz crackers are a good supplement to a healthy, homemade meal should not be in charge of feeding my kids lunch.
  3. Because I never want anyone to suppress my child’s potential.
  4. Because no child should be punished for trying to prove that he/she was indeed a victim of bullying.
  5. Because I am not okay with feeding my kids unidentifiable foods.
  6. Because as long as I draw breath, no child of mine will be indoctrinated into worshiping a political leader like he is a god.
  7. Because I prefer to protect my children from being “accidentally” taken home by a complete stranger.
  8. Because anyone with half a brain should know that this just does not pass for healthy food.
  9. Because I would prefer not to go to jail for beating my child’s principle within an inch of her life for doing this to my kid.
  10. Because I will never, ever allow my child’s physical (or emotional) well-being to be compromised because of stupid, absurd policies.
  11. Because it is the job of PARENTS to discuss sexual matters such as birth control and abortion with their kids; it is NOT Planned Parenthood’s business.
  12. Because if anyone ever gave my child a vaccination, or any form of medication, without first seeking my consent, you would witness me reach an all-new level of crazy.
  13. Because it shouldn’t take a lawsuit to convince school officials that it’s wrong to demand a student to hand over passwords to private accounts that are accessed OUTSIDE of school property!
  14. Because my children should not be publicly humiliated for any reason, ever.
  15. Because my children should not have to worry about being commuted through dangerous areas, or having to get up insanely early in the morning to catch the bus, all because the government can’t afford to keep their local schools open.
  16. Because there’s nothing wrong with “old school math” – and if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
  17. Because teaching my children HOW to think, and not WHAT to think is the most important aspect of education, and I will never settle for anything less for my children.

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Well, that’s gonna hurt…

Matt Walsh delivers again! This post says everything I have ever thought/felt about the healthcare, but with so much more wit and eloquence than I could ever dream. This is a MUST-READ!

“Dear Mr. Obama,

Congratulations on getting 7.1 million people enrolled in Obamacare before the March 31st deadline!

Not to muddy the festivities by harping on technicalities, but I thought I’d pass along just a few corrections, in case you plan on giving anymore speeches or anything:

Alright, by ‘March 31st’ you mean ‘sometime in April,’ and by ‘deadline’ you mean ‘suggestion which is subject to change.’

And, obviously, by ‘enrolled’ you mean ‘people who have filled some information out on a website.’

And by ’7.1 million’ you mean ‘probably like 858 thousand or something.’ 

In your speech on Tuesday, when you said that Obamacare is ‘the law’ and ‘it’s here to stay,’ you really meant that Obamacare is ‘a fluid and constantly adjusted set of unconstitutional decrees, which can be imposed or withdrawn by the Executive Branch at any point, for any reason, up to 21 times and counting.’ And by ‘here to stay,’ you actually meant to say that ‘most of it is neither here nor staying, because you don’t want America to feel the full brunt of it until after the midterm elections.’

You claimed that ‘more than 3 million young adults have gained insurance’ by staying on their parents’ plan. Even if that were true, it seems to take for granted that there’s anything remotely positive about the government forcing insurance companies to treat 25-year-old men and women like children. But, more importantly, it isn’t.

Indeed, when you said ‘more than 3 million,’ you really meant ‘extrapolations based on faulty estimates conjured up by Health and Human Services almost two years ago have brought us to the dubious conclusion that we can claim 3 million, because nobody will understand how we arrived at that figure, and most everyone will be too lazy to even attempt to check our numbers.’

You appeared to venture into the vicinity of truth when you stated that Obamacare is ‘doing what it’s supposed to do,‘ but then you forgot to stipulate what, precisely, that happens to be.

It has not, nor was it meant to, make insurance cheaper and more accessible – but it has stripped away choice and freedom, and made more people dependent on the government.

It has forced single men and elderly couples and nuns to pay for maternity care and birth control. Likewise, it has compelled everyone to purchase coverage for psychiatric illness and drug addiction treatment, even if we aren’t necessarily psychiatrically ill or addicted to drugs (though, with your help, the pharmaceutical industry will soon get us all under one or both of those umbrellas).

And, while you spiked the football in the Rose Garden, you still failed to indicate how many people have purchased and paid for a plan, as opposed to just checking some boxes. And you forgot to tell us how many of the Obamacare ’enrollees’ were only inclined to enroll in Obamacare because your law forced them off of their original plans.

You celebrated a ‘law’ that will supposedly ’insure the uninsurable,’ even though most of the people now insured by Obamacare aren’t actually yet insured, but they were insured before Obamacare made them uninsured under their original insurance.

Of course, this is all after you famously told us we can ‘keep our plans’ if we ‘like them,’ while omitting that by ‘keep’ you meant ‘watch as it is demolished in front of our eyes,’ and when you said ‘like’ you didn’t include the disclaimer that we’d all be legally obligated to adjust our affections in the direction of the type of plan you think we should like.”

Continue reading here: http://themattwalshblog.com/2014/04/02/mr-obama-maybe-folks-are-mad-because-youre-a-liar/ (Trust me, the post only gets better!)

Happy 100th Birthday to the US Income Tax Amendment!

Did you know that the US didn’t have an income tax until 1913? That means that we somehow managed to run the country WITHOUT taking people’s income for 292 years. How is that possible, you ask? Simple! The government wasn’t as far-reaching, so it didn’t need nearly as much money to function. Wars and such were paid for by taxing goods here and there, but not by taxing goods in addition to income, property, and anything/everything else they could get their hands on. The more power we give our government (which it was never intended to have in the first place), the more of our money they burn through to keep themselves (barely) running.

Another interesting fact? The US “tax army” is bigger than the Army we have in Iraq. Why in the world do we pay more people to mismanage our money, than we do to protect our freedom?

There’s a lesson here. Smaller government = smaller debt. It really is just that simple. If we want to take our country back, then we need to vote out anyone who is a proponent for bigger government.

 

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A Heart of Thanks on Thanksgiving

I’m going to shoot from the hip, here. I’m conflicted. God has been doing a number on my heart lately when it comes to the holidays we celebrate, and it’s not been easy. I am a person who likes to see things in black and white. I don’t like grey area, because grey is too confusing. When there’s a lot of grey, there’s too much left to interpretation; and honestly, my pathetically human brain will always interpret in whatever way is easiest for me. That’s just how I am.

After everything my husband and I have learned, we have been able to see holidays such as Christmas, Easter and Halloween as pretty much black and white, with no grey area at all. They are pagan. The rituals are pagan, they were created for and celebrated by pagans long before Jesus, and they have continued to be pagan even though many Christians have attempted to given them a spiritual makeover. God states plain as day in the Bible that we are to stay away from pagan rituals, and knowing what I know, it’s pretty cut and dry. God says stay away, so we will stay away. I like that because it’s simple, and in my mind there really isn’t any room for interpretation.

But then there are the things that aren’t quite so cut and dry. I’ve been thinking a lot about Thanksgiving, and I see no issues with celebrating it, since it’s not of a pagan origin. In fact, I’d say that the Lord had a starring role in the original holiday! That said, I don’t feel good about how we celebrate Thanksgiving. Correct me if I am wrong, but the whole point of the day is for us to be thankful for what God has provided us with, right? Contentment with what we’ve been given, no? So it seems contradictory to me, to go out and spend tons of money on special, holiday-specific food and decorations in order to show thanks for what we’ve been given. How does that show contentment? I don’t know. Call me crazy, but somehow it doesn’t sit right with me. The thing is, I have no idea what to do differently! Our culture has dictated the way we’re supposed to celebrate the holiday (and all holidays, really). It’s not about giving thanks, it’s about companies making money. Sure, there are a lot of great memories and family get-togethers, but why do we need a special day to show our love for our family and to spend time together?

I guess the big conflict for me lies in finding a way to observe the holiday without reinforcing the very worldly ideals of laziness, gluttony, greed and excess. I don’t have the answers, but my family is praying about it. We’re hoping God gives us some understanding soon, and gives us the ability to see the holiday through his eyes!

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