Wednesday, September 10, 2014

"They are Muslim. They are not Islamic."

What the heck does that mean?
If Muslims do not kill Muslims then what was the horrifying Iran/ Iraq war all about?
According to the UN:
"The war cost both sides in lives and economic damage: half a million Iraqi and Iranian soldiers, with an equivalent number of civilians, are believed to have died, with many more injured; however, the war brought neither reparations nor changes in borders. The conflict has been compared to World War I[38]:171 in terms of the tactics used, including large-scale trench warfare with barbed wirestretched across trenches, manned machine-gun posts, bayonet charges,human wave attacks across a no-man's land, and extensive use of chemical weapons such as mustard gas by the Iraqi government against Iranian troops, civilians, and Iraqi Kurds. "

No US boots on the ground?  
How about the trainers from our Special Forces? 
 Someone needs to let the Air Force know that they no longer wear boots if shot down.

What a mess.

On the eve of 9/11, I am not thrilled with anything going on in the Middle East.
Unfortunately, I feel it will, someday, again, bite us in the tush.

I miss the thought of your smile Lt Col Neil Hyland. It has been a long 13 years. 
The Risk games until 2 in the morning were the highlight of "Advanced Course".
May your soul and the souls of all of the departed, within this war against the US,
rest in peace.

A special on Vaccines
Well worth watching.

Saturday, September 06, 2014

The bells are ringing.

My daughter is homeschooling this year.
She went to a co op meeting
Co op- an informal "school" taught, by parents, once a week for homeschoolers.
Looking for other kids to socialize with is a priority
since my grand loves to be around peers and the neighborhood is pretty quiet.

She understood that last year the co op had about twenty families.
The parent needs to volunteer in some capacity
so their child can attend the art, music and pe classes.

She walked in
Over fifty families were present.
There were another twenty who were unable to make it to the initial meeting.

Many of those at the meeting were doing their first year of homeschooling.
Lots and lots of mothers with boys were attending.
Few, from her mingling, were there for religious reasons.

Schools have changed a great deal in the last ten years.
The push to read in Kindergarten goes against all research on boy brains.
The absence of real math in primary puts us significantly behind the rest of the world.
Recess is almost non existent.
Even some state curriculums state that
 science and social studies can be eliminated if more time for reading is needed.
Does no one in charge recognize that social studies and science
are the application of reading and math?

The way to do all of this is to have children sit
  for a very long time while teachers work in small groups
  so they are assured the child can read.
It seems many bright children are being left behind.

Many left behind are boys.
Did you know that 1 in 42 boys are considered on the Autism spectrum?
 2/3 of all children who are Learning Disabled are boys.

Why is that?
Have we changed education so girls can do well,
that we have turned our boys into non school children.
Are we labeling some children who have "typical boy" characteristics?
You know
 single tasking,
a bit ahead visually but behind verbally,
more physical then language oriented,
No, I am not stereotyping. This is research based.
Boys' brains, in general, develop on a different time line.

It seems that a growing number of parents are turning away
from "traditional" education.
They are still seeking to change the system.
Until they can, they will educate their own.
In 2012 that stat was about 1.6 million children.
It is predicted that number will actually
 pass all children in private schools this year- 2.8 million.
My guess that is a low number.

My daughter's district, this year, has declared
that they are significantly behind in the paperwork.
They had so many people apply to homeschool, for the first time, this year.
The population of a regular elementary school showed up
at my daughter's new co op.
This is a "good" school district.

The bells are ringing.
Anyone listening?