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A new blog that I have been enjoying is Berean Wife. Hat Tip to her article, “Is Public School Cheaper Than Homeschooling?”  Since many of us must always be prepared to defend our homeschooling program — this is a very creative angle. We are saving the government money.

The US spends an average of 8,700 dollars per student a year! I wish that they would pay me just a quarter of that since I have educated my children but still pay taxes! If you use a very conservative estimate of $5,000 a year, I have saved the government $60,000 in educating my oldest. Over $150,000 over the years of homeschooling all mine thus far. It will be a total savings of over $300,000 by the time all my children graduate! ($5000 times 60 total years of school) We have saved every taxpayer and yet we continued to pay our (un)-fair share.

Nestled in ther Berean Wife’s post is another great article by Voddie Buchman . . .

A recent New York Times article made my skin crawl as it exposed the ugly reality that is modern American early education.  The innocence and gaiety that once characterized early childhood has been replaced with an Orwellian nightmare of factory-like systems designed to mold little human beings into mindless cogs in the statist machine.

Read the rest of the article:  No Time for Childhood by Voddie Baucham

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Gaza is hell, but not because of Israel. Its conditions are unbearable because its people elected Hamas — an organization with no economic plan, no educational ideas, nothing to offer at all except to kill the Jews, kill the infidel and destroy Israel. [emphasis mine]

IRAQ WAR GAMES

Gaza, in recent years, has been turned into “Gazastan,” an Islamic republic that educates its own children to seek death in martyrdom operations. Gaza TV airs children’s shows that teach six and seven year-olds to kill Jews. The Gaza government just instituted a new legal code based on Sharia Islamic law that permits crucifixion for certain crimes against Islam.
 

 

Has Israel Gone Too Far?

 

Truth and Logic

 Unknown author

 

One day a 6 year old girl was sitting in a classroom. The teacher was going to explain evolution to the children. The teacher asked a little boy: Tommy do you see the tree outside?

TOMMY: Yes.

TEACHER: Do you see the grass outside?

TOMMY: Yes.

TEACHER: Go outside and look up and see if you can see the sky.

TOMMY: Okay. (He returned a few minutes later) Yes, I saw the sky.

TEACHER: Did you see God?

TOMMY: No.

TEACHER: That’s my point. We can’t see God because he isn’t there. He doesn’t exist.

A little girl spoke up and wanted to ask the boy some questions. The teacher agreed and the little girl asked the boy: Tommy, do you see the tree outside?

TOMMY: Yes.

LITTLE GIRL: Tommy do you see the grass outside?

TOMMY: Yessssss (getting tired of the questions by this time).

LITTLE GIRL: Did you see the sky?

TOMMY: Yessssss

LITTLE GIRL: Do you see the teacher?

TOMMY: Yes

LITTLE GIRL: Do you see her brain?

TOMMY: No

LITTLE GIRL: Then according to what we were taught today in school, she must not have one!

 

Another blogger just linked to this story and posted their most edifying thoughts on it — thank you! (I wanted to leave a comment on your post but was unable). Please have a look  … http://songthelove.wordpress.com/2008/10/27/simple-story-incredible-reminder/

 

Truth & Logic

Some call it passion, others call it mania when they think about why they ever made their decision to homeschool. This time of year I am overwhelmed, indecisive, and full of panic. So it is a healthy exercise to remember why we decided to take the plunge.

  • slow moving mornings
  • peaceful evenings (no homework)
  • student-driven education
  • creative expression
  • flexibility
  • more time with parents for life instructions
  • no bus ride
  • learning and living with a Christian world view
  • uniting the family
  • staying in jammies until noon

Nations never arise above the quality of their women

— Unknown

A wise Bible teacher once taught me that when studying Scripture, specifically, the New Testament Letters; one must recognize the question the letter is answering. Doesn’t it often feel when reading a NT Letter we have been thrust into a pressing, existing problem? Without stating the question, the writer is clearly & passionately answering a question or addressing a problem in the church.

Enter the Titus 2 woman. Although Scripture speaks to both men and women — there are some places where Scripture is speaking to specifically one gender. The letter to Titus from Paul is one.

While participating in a Bible study, A Woman’s High Calling by Elizabeth, George my eyes were opened to the question/problem that Paul was addressing in Chapter 2. According to John MacArthur’s study notes,

The ideas of radical feminism were an integral part of ancient Babylonian and Assyrian mythology as well as of Greek gnosticism, which fourished throughout the Roman Empire during NT times and posed a constant danger to the early church.”

From other sources I learned that in those days — women were often the ones listening to the false teachers and spreading their heresy. Perhaps that is why Paul is admonishing “older women to be reverent in their behavior, not malicious gossips nor enslaved to much wine, teaching what is good so that they may encourage the young women . . . “

What does that mean for us today?  Perhaps our fallen nature predisposes us to entertain false teachings and not sound doctrine? In Paul’s letter to Timothy,

“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths.”  (2 Timothy 4:3,4)

Time is precious and the time is now to stand for Truth, sound Biblical doctrine and the authority of Jesus Christ without apology. We have a gigantic influence on our children, husbands, homes, schools, churches, and communities.

We are living in a war zone and the battle ground is the minds of those we love and cherish — how many more “casualties” will we allow before we join the battle? Your child is worth my fight.

time is precious

For years I have desired clean and tidy bedrooms, no toys in the living room, life not lived on the kitchen table (commonly referred to as “the landing pad”), computers turned off, quiet homes after 9 p.m., no dog and cat hair, and especially no horse manure-scented riding boots and half-chaps by the back door.

Well I have most of what i wished for — still have the pet hair — but the house is cleaner, the house is tidier, and the house is quieter, and it feels almost empty.