Wit and Wisdom
"The order in the world and the universe is as likely to have been caused by a random big bang, as an explosion in a print shop is likely to produce a complete unabridged dictionary." —Albert Einstein
"No governess! How was that possible? Five daughters brought up at home without a governess! I never heard of such a thing. Your mother must have been quite a slave to your education."
Elizabeth could hardly help smiling as she assured her that had not been the case.
"Then, who taught you? who attended to you? Without a governess, you must have been neglected."
"Compared with some families, I believe we were; but such of us as wished to learn never wanted the means. We were always encouraged to read, and had all the masters that were necessary."
(From Chapter 29 of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen)
If all the effort you put into developing the best educational program for your child is detracting from the time you should be spending with your children and spouse, do something easier. The most important thing is the spiritual principle behind it, not how perfect the curriculum is.
"If it ain't easy on mom, you'll go broke." In other words, if you buy an expensive curriculum that's full of all kinds of fancy stuff, but isn't simple enough for a busy mom to use on a daily basis, it won't get used and you'll end up going out and buying something different.
You can't know something until you've taught it.
The King James Version of the Bible prepares students for reading Shakespeare.
Biblical counseling makes a lot more sense than Educational Psychology.
Home is the focus of the work of homeschooling parents. Perhaps like no other challenge in life, homeschooling forces us to consider our identity and our roles as mothers and fathers, and it allows us to shape every aspect of our home—its tone, the way it’s decorated, the media we allow to enter it, what we eat and how we eat, how we celebrate, how we laugh, how we rest, and how we prepare for the unexpected. —Rene Ellison
It is important to know Spanish, as it may end up being the second official language of the U.S.
The best way to learn a foreign language is to have a native speaker teach it.
Educating children's hearts and minds...True education isn't just about learning facts and figures, but developing character as well. History teaches courage; science teaches integrity; math teaches discipline; and composition teaches humility. Training minds and molding hearts are what parents do best, after all.
I look forward to a future in which homeschooling is no longer considered illegal or elitist, but is wholeheartedly embraced by the general public as a legitimate form of education.
A scientific fact noted by Dr. Robert Grange is that "machines are structures intelligence designs, and that accidents destroy." That makes perfect sense, doesn't it? Yet according to the evolutionary way of thinking, machines are intelligent structures created by accident!
“Government schooling is the most radical adventure in history. It kills the family by monopolizing the best times of childhood and by teaching disrespect for home and parents. The whole blueprint of school procedure is Egyptian, not Greek or Roman. It grows from the theological idea that human value is a scarce thing, represented symbolically by the narrow peak of a pyramid….It found its "scientific" presentation in the bell curve, along which talent supposedly apportions itself by some Iron Law of Biology. It’s a religious notion, School is its church. I offer rituals to keep heresy at bay. I provide documentation to justify the heavenly pyramid. Socrates foresaw if teaching became a formal profession, something like this would happen. Professional interest is served by making what is easy to do seem hard; by subordinating the laity to the priesthood. School is too vital a jobs-project, contract-giver and protector of the social order to allow itself to be "re-formed." It has political allies to guard its marches, that’s why reforms come and go without changing much. Even reformers can’t imagine school much different.” ~John Taylor Gatto, former New York State Teacher of the Year
James Tour, Ph.D., a nano-scientist and professor of organic chemistry who performs cutting-edge research in molecular chemistry, says: "I stand in awe of God because of what He has done through His creation. Only a rookie who knows nothing about science would say science takes away from faith. If you really study science, it will bring you closer to God." (Quoted in The Case for Faith, by Lee Stroebel.)
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