Tag: "education"

Violated: A President's Visit
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Violated: A President’s Visit

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I awoke before dawn and was assaulted by the knowledge that today the President of the United States was coming to our little neck of the world. From the moment I heard about his little visit I had been torn, frustrated and angered. Why here, why come to a high school in a remote southern […]

Homeschooling Multiple Ages in a Large and Busy Family
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Homeschooling Multiple Ages in a Large and Busy Family

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It’s daunting to think about schooling many children, all different age ranges, in a busy house. It takes a bit of creative thinking but it can be done. Each summer before the year starts, I start praying about our schedule, and I ask my husband to pray about it too. I have some tips and […]

Common Core
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Worried About Privacy? How About Common Core?

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We’re facing unchecked data collection as part of a significant and sweeping federal educational mandate.

Why Do We Homeschool?
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Why Do We Homeschool?

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“Why do we homeschool?” Often when we begin homeschooling there is something that prompted us to begin. It may have been a child struggling with school, a negative socializing experience, or any number of issues. Once the mom begins, she may feel conflicted that her children will miss out on some great academic experience. She […]

Five Things About Homeschooling I Didn't Expect
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Five Things About Homeschooling I Didn’t Expect

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I have been hesitant to write about our first year of home schooling because I don’t know if my insights offer anything new, but nonetheless, we’ve done it and as anything else goes in life, it was a learning experience for us all. We are not home schooling zealots; we have public-schooled, parochial-schooled, and even […]

On Being Well-Rounded or Socialized
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On Being Well-Rounded or Socialized

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We homeschooled our two daughters for 8 years from kindergarten/2nd grade until 7/9th grade.  They didn’t have a boatload of friends during those years, but the friends they did have were special, kindred spirits, and we got together as often as we could. When we took the kids out of the Catholic school to home-school […]

This Little Light of Mine: Living the Beatitudes
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This Little Light of Mine: Living the Beatitudes

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The forward of Kathleen Basi’s new book, This Little Light of Mine says, “No one can teach well what he or she doesn’t know well. The best way to ensure that religious formation “takes” is for parents to live their faith, to be seekers alongside their children. Then, children see that religion is not something […]

Weekly Wits
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Weekly Wits: 5/24/13

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Get Government out of Student-Debt Business
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Get Government out of Student-Debt Business

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As millions of students and their parents are preparing for life after commencement, they’re also preparing to deal with massive student loans. Increasingly, people are concerned about the student debt situation brewing on college campuses. The present state of student debt is not a pretty picture. According to a report published by the New York […]

Give NOPE a Chance
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Can Liberty Be Salvaged in America?

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It’s time we stopped crouching to the enemy.

Is it the Book or is it Me?
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Is it the Book or is it Me?

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Forget diet secrets and extreme makeovers.  Struggling homeschool moms have a more pressing question on the mind: Will a new curriculum solve my problems? Maybe I’ve been using the wrong book.  Maybe, like the catalog promises, my kids really can learn the state capitals, speak fluent Spanish, and master organic chemistry, all for just $189.95.  […]

Understanding Sunday Mass - A Kid's View
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Understanding Sunday Mass – A Kid’s View

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How many times have you — as a parent — sat in Mass and not heard a word the priest said because you were playing referee, peacekeeper, or bad cop in the pew? Since I can answer that question in the triple digits, I was thrilled to learn about the new DVD “Understanding Sunday Mass: A […]

Finally Finding Focus: Our ADHD Story
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Finally Finding Focus: Our ADHD Story

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I didn’t use to believe in medication for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).  Truth be told, I didn’t used to believe in ADHD at all. Nobody was ever diagnosed with it when I was a kid back in the 1970s. Now, it seems to be everywhere. “Perhaps as many as two million American kids” now […]

Book Review: <i>Dear God, I Don't Get It</i>
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Book Review: Dear God, I Don’t Get It

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Dear God, I Don’t Get It by Patti Maguire Armstrong Liguori Publications, 2013 Why does God answer some prayers and not others? This is a question that plagues even adults. Sometimes, we pray so hard and think we know what God should do in our lives. And then, God does something else or He does […]

Academic Freedom, Civility, and the Name of Jesus
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Academic Freedom, Civility, and the Name of Jesus

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A healthy classroom engages students in a rich debate of ideas

Filling the Bucket of Self-Esteem
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Filling the Bucket of Self-Esteem

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Self esteem. A modern essential. Self esteem was a term invented by Sigmund Freud. The concept has taken wings since then, enhancing other modern philosophies. In the modern world, ever increasing affirmation of self esteem is key through political correctness (not offending anyone), relativism (everyone is right in whatever they think) as well as in […]

Discounting Parents' Rights
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Discounting Parents’ Rights

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For people of faith in America, the Obama administration’s birth control mandate represents an unprecedented assault on religious conscience. It seems that the President and his surrogates have little appreciation for the role that faith plays in the lives of many Americans, and even less respect for the Constitution’s protection of religious liberty. As if […]

The Patience of the Teacher
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The Patience of the Teacher

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As a teacher, one of the most frustrating parts of my job is when I have spent time and energy planning and explaining an assignment or topic only to discover that my students have been left bewildered and overwhelmed by my presentation. Some times it feels as though I honestly could not make the topic […]

Homeschooling vs. Traditional School
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Homeschooling vs. Traditional School

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There is an old adage in homeschooling that says not to make any life-altering educational decisions in February. This time of year is the homeschooler’s valley of tears. A little more than halfway through the school year, stuck in the house most of the time, feeling painfully inadequate to the task at hand, it is […]

Alliance for Catholic Education - Service through Teaching
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Alliance for Catholic Education – Service through Teaching

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Today, I’m happy to feature the fantastic “ACE” program at the University of Notre Dame. The Alliance for Catholic Education is a true model for service in Christ to others. In this part of our feature, we share a recent conversation with Amy Wyskochil, Director of Operations for ACE, as we cover a basic introduction […]

Men Without Chests, or, What C. S. Lewis Made Me Think About
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Men Without Chests, or, What C. S. Lewis Made Me Think About

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“We make men without chests and expect from them virtue and enterprise. We laugh at honor and are shocked to find traitors in our midst.” ~ C. S. Lewis, The Abolition of Man Sometimes you do your best and things don’t go right. That’s parenthood in a nutshell, I suppose, even when it’s done properly. […]

Reconciliation:  The Wisdom Of 7-Year Olds
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Reconciliation: The Wisdom Of 7-Year Olds

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On the last Saturday before Christmas break, I introduced the belief of a forgiving God to my First Communion class.  The lesson was based on a re-telling of The Prodigal Son.  As usual, the class, the full complement of twenty-one this particular Saturday, participated eagerly in the discussion. The students had many questions:  what if […]

Becoming a Holy Family
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Becoming a Holy Family

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“As for me and my household, we shall serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15 “What does it mean to be a holy family?”  I asked my second grade First Communion class.  Most of the eager young hands in the room went up. “Be nice.” “Obey your parents.” “Do the 10 Commandments.” “Pray.” “Good answers,” I encouraged […]

Civic Illiteracy Won the White House for Obama
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Civic Illiteracy Won the White House for Obama

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It was only 7:15 last Tuesday evening when my daughter, who works in conservative journalism, texted me to say the election was lost. For a painful four hours, I watched the results confirm her early analysis. When it was clear the president would be re-elected and Republican challenger Mitt Romney had lost, I took an […]

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