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A Return to Homeschool

Published April 24, 2017 by lynn k scott

Discussions, research, contemplation and prayer, it’s been decided my daughter will return to homeschool for next year.  While I LOVE the small, private, Christian school she is in, we financially can no longer afford to send her.  The money spent on the school could be allocated to other bills that won’t take a backseat.

Sixth grade, junior high, here we come!  I refuse to jump on the “Middle School” bandwagon.  It was good enough to be called junior high for me, that’s what her current school calls it and that’s what we’ll continue to call it.

I briefly contemplated using a charter school because I could have received a stipend for educational-related expenditures from the district.  While charters are supposed to allow more flexibility, for a public school, the down side is, they are still a public school.  I became very upset just filling out the application.  That seems silly, right?  Perhaps.

The last two years, we have had this wonderful school.  There’s no PC-ness in play.  They ask for the mother’s and father’s signature on the application.  While, I know there are many, many types of families, I admire they still acknowledge parents.

While filling out the charter application, it asked for the parents’ name.  Then it asked who the child resides with.  Why was “parents”, “mother” or “father” not even options? The option available:  “Guardian 1”, “Guardian 2” and “Guardian 3” as the primary choices.  What?!  The nuclear family, while it has taken on some changes, still does exist.

When I brought this up to the charter, I received the approved response, “the options are within state guidelines”.  Ah yes, good ole’ California and the front-runner of “don’t offend anyone”.  I’m sorry but if the state of California is overseeing my daughter’s education, they should at the very least know that a “parent” and “guardian” are actually different words.

I was a guardian to my nieces for a year.  I didn’t give birth or adopt them.  I was their aunt.  They lived with me.  I made their important decisions.  I fed and clothed them.  I was their guardian.

Over the course of several evenings, unable to sleep, I kept researching charter schools and their requirements.  In addition to their inability to accept parents as a legitimate term, they follow Common Core.  Not to get into this educational nightmare, but let’s just say I’m not a fan and I won’t play nice with the district if they were insistent on how an answer was obtained vs if it was the correct answer.  That’s not how the adult world works and that’s what I’m raising; a child to an adult.

That being said, I reached peace when I realized, we will return to a Christian-based curriculum.  Where it’s acceptable to have my daughter’s homework include Biblical lessons, morality, and ethical responses in it.  Once that decision was made, the decision to return to homeschool became so much simpler.

I know homeschooling isn’t for everyone.  I know the state has to have some boundaries. Yet, they have overstepped and are reaching for what they aren’t entitled to.  My daughter can learn to think critically without being tested excessively just to “prove a point” or “be another score for the district”.

I am grateful for the ability to be able to register as a private school.  To teach my child in a modern way, yet have a Christian foundation.  I am excited to see what the next school year will bring us.  I’m sure my daughter will continue her spiritual and emotional growth, while on her educational journey.

Christian School

Published January 6, 2016 by lynn k scott

The end of October 2015 was a transition for our homeschooling family. Circumstances change and we change with it.  For our homeschool, it meant my daughter attending a brick and mortar school.  This time, it would be a very small, private, Christian school.

While I am not a devout Christian, I do have my faith.  I know religion can be a “hot topic” with a lot of people.  While I’m of the Protestant faith, the school we chose didn’t come off “preachy”.

My daughter has Bible classes, memorizes a verse every week and attends Chapel on Friday.  I was teaching her Bible in our homeschool and this new approach was fine by me.  She is surrounded by positive teachers and it’s definitely not like the Catholic schools of decades past, walking around with rulers, waiting to slap at a child’s hands.

The Christmas program included traditional Christmas songs; not “holiday” songs.  Merry Christmas was said without reservation.  My daughter still sings parts of those songs she recently learned, even though Christmas is over for this year.

The lil miss frequently hums, “Amazing Grace”, while setting the dinner table.  I find these new qualities comforting.  I like that she is comfortable enough to express herself.

On our drive to school, she recounted the story of Noah and the Flood, as she was observing all the standing water on the farms that we were passing.

One night, my daughter threw me for a bit of a curve ball on our commute home.  She watched a car cut me off.  I did utter some not-s0-nice words when it happened.  As we passed the offending car, she looked out her window at the driver (who couldn’t see her) and said, “even though you have sinned, God will still forgive you”.

WOW!  I felt a bit guilty at my response to the other driver when my daughter was showing her grace.

For me personally, I believe this was a sign for my daughter to be attending this school.  It’s brought a peace and calm to our lives; for which I am grateful.

I think homeschooling is a great option (one of the best) and wish I had the opportunity to do so again, this private school, really is the next-best thing.  I pray the public school system one day is overhauled, common-core is banished, being “PC” becomes a memory, saying the Pledge of Allegiance every morning returns to the classroom and children are reunited with learning.

What’s Wrong With English?

Published February 25, 2015 by lynn k scott

I’m going to bring up a topic that probably won’t be construed as being politically correct (PC).  While I’m not purposely trying to offend anyone (this time) with my writing, I’m sure someone will not take these words to heart in the spirit in which it was written.

Most of my life I have had a fascination with language.  I would take different courses, use audio tapes (way back when), use bilingual chat rooms for practice or get together with people who spoke the language I was trying to learn.  I have learned some American Sign Language, Spanish, Tagalog, French and Hungarian.  While I am not fluent in any of these languages, I can utter a few words to having small conversations.

That being said, I couldn’t help but think about why I was listening to music on the radio and the next commercial was completely in Spanish.  It was actually a commercial for Verizon.  I started to question is it because I live in California?  Is it because as a society we’ve gotten completely complacent in assimilation?  What if I wanted to know what the commercial was about?  There wasn’t another version offered in English.

Those questions prompted more questions.  If I lived closer to the Eastern Canadian border, might this commercial been in French?  What about a commercial in Tagalog, Korean, Chinese or Japanese?  After all, we are on the Pacific coast with a fairly large Asian influence.  When does it stop or will it ever stop?

As someone born in the United States, who grew up learning English, it’s almost as if someone like me no longer counts. Companies are bending over backwards to accommodate foreign language speakers.  It’s not a matter of immigration, for this particular observation.  It’s a matter of facts.

The United States, while not having an official language, has the understanding that English is the language of this land. All of our courts, legal proceedings, contracts, treaties, etc. are all in English.  While some people will need an interpreter during certain situations, the written language is English.

When did the country change it’s thought on no one has to at least try to assimilate with the language and customs here? It’s one thing to be a tourist and “get by” while you are visiting in the USA.  It’s another thing to live here for say, five plus years and still only speak your native language.

I understand English isn’t the easiest of languages to learn.  Yet, being immersed in the culture can effectively aid in learning the language quicker, IF that’s a priority.  With making interpreters available in almost every agency, only hiring bilingual employees for companies not doing business out of the country, by not requiring employees speak English while working (unless it’s related to foreign business), does this country a disservice.

How many languages will the DMV offer a driving test in?  Will driving instructors be required to be multilingual because someone couldn’t be bothered to learn English?  Will the road signage be in 15 different languages at some point?  I believe if someone is going to make a residence within the United States, then it’s only common courtesy and decency to make an effort learn the language.  There is no excuse for multi-generations in one family, living in the U.S., who don’t speak English.

To me, this is offensive.  I should not have to change to accommodate someone else’s willful neglect at assimilation.  This country has gone PC-happy.  People who have grown up here are being told you are no longer a priority; in so many words.  I encourage my children to learn other languages and to learn about other cultures.  The fact is we are Americans, we speak English, and we have a right to be proud of that.

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