Carol | March 8, 2012
.: My Children :.
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as those who falsely believe they are free."
Carol | February 16, 2012
B13 just did a geography quiz identifying ALL the countries in the world without error in less than
seven six minutes. For fun! Not school.
Carol | January 30, 2012
Amazing. We went snowshoeing and had art lessons two days in a row.
Carol | January 9, 2012
This is our Harry Potter collection, although after I took the photo, most of the “books” at the bottom of the picture were trashed. If you could examine them, you would see that they were actually chunks and pieces of books that had been taped one too many times. Just too many pages missing.
Philosopher’s Stone (had five copies, now have three)
Chamber of Secrets (still have all four of our original copies)
Prisoner of Azkaban (had four, now have two)
Goblet of Fire (had four, now have two)
Order of the Phoenix (had four, now have two)
Half-Blood Prince (had two, now have one)
Deathly Hallows (had two, still have two)
L7 is in grade two, and we decided this term, that instead of doing the regular grade two readers for reading aloud, he, C10, and I are taking turns reading paragraphs aloud from The Philosopher’s Stone. Although a little more challenging, it is much less boring. He just has to slow down to sound out more words than he would in the readers.
Carol | January 2, 2012
The Cure for Math Anxiety Might Be in Your Head
Carol | December 25, 2011
I hope to collect some of the following recommended resources for my family. Follow the link for more information.
Samuel Martin: Books that I cannot live without
- Englishman’s Greek Concordance, Samuel Bagster and Sons
- Englishman’s Hebrew and Chaldee Concordance, Samuel Bagster and Sons
- Greek-English Lexicon Arndt and Gingrich, University of Chicago Press
- Hebrew Lexicon Brown-Driver-Briggs, Oxford University Press
- M’Clintock and Strong Encyclopaedia *
- New Bible Dictionary, Inter-varsity Fellowship, London, England
- Dictionary of Christ and the Gospels, two volumes, James Hastings
- Dictionary of the Apostolic Church, two volumes, James Hastings
- The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge, Samuel Bagster and Sons
- King James Bible, Newberry Edition
Carol | December 6, 2011
When an adult took standardized tests forced on kids
“‘The math section had 60 questions. I knew the answers to none of them, but managed to guess ten out of the 60 correctly. On the reading test, I got 62% . In our system, that’s a “D”, and would get me a mandatory assignment to a double block of reading instruction.’”
“He continued, ‘It seems to me something is seriously wrong. I have a bachelor of science degree, two masters degrees, and 15 credit hours toward a doctorate’.”
“‘I help oversee an organization with 22,000 employees and a $3 billion operations and capital budget, and am able to make sense of complex data related to those responsibilities…’”
“‘…A test that can determine a student’s future life chances should surely relate in some practical way to the requirements of life. I can’t see how that could possibly be true of the test I took…’”
“Here’s the clincher in what he wrote:”
“‘If I’d been required to take those two tests when I was a 10th grader, my life would almost certainly have been very different. I’d have been told I wasn’t ‘college material,’ would probably have believed it, and looked for work appropriate for the level of ability that the test said I had.’”
“‘It makes no sense to me that a test with the potential for shaping a student’s entire future has so little apparent relevance to adult, real-world functioning. Who decided the kind of questions and their level of difficulty? Using what criteria? To whom did they have to defend their decisions? As subject-matter specialists, how qualified were they to make general judgments about the needs of this state’s children in a future they can’t possibly predict? Who set the pass-fail “cut score”? How?’”
“I can’t escape the conclusion that decisions about the [state test] in particular and standardized tests in general are being made by individuals who lack perspective and aren’t really accountable.”
“There you have it. A concise summary of what’s wrong with present corporately driven education change: Decisions are being made by individuals who lack perspective and aren’t really accountable.”
“Those decisions are shaped not by knowledge or understanding of educating, but by ideology, politics, hubris, greed, ignorance, the conventional wisdom, and various combinations thereof. And then they’re sold to the public by the rich and powerful.”
“All that without so much as a pilot program to see if their simplistic, worn-out ideas work, and without a single procedure in place that imposes on them what they demand of teachers: accountability.”
Carol | December 6, 2011
(At least in OUR house!)
Pink Panther – Hamburger
Carol | October 11, 2011