“Positive thinking is more than just a tagline. It changes the way we behave. And I firmly believe that when I am positive, it not only makes me better, but it also makes those around me better.”
I’ve had several conversations, some good and some that make me cringe, on the topic of Betsy DeVos being confirmed as Education Secretary. While, I don’t typically write controversial posts, the education realm is something I have strong feelings on. They definitely differ from the “norm”.
“She’s not qualified” seems to be the chant of the hour. DeVos actually supports private schools and homeschools. Oh the proverbial horror!!! If you’ve followed my blog at all, you know I have homeschooled and I currently have my daughter in a very small, private, Christian school. I am not upset by DeVos not being an educator or a school administrator.
WHY? (I’m sure someone is asking that question.)
As a homeschool mom, one of the biggest “digs” we hear is ‘you don’t have a teaching degree’. Nope, you’re right…I don’t. However, my state simply states I have to capable of teaching…and I am! Most people don’t realize, homeschooled children typically surpass their public school counterparts in the testing realm. There’s a simple reason for this. The teacher/student ratio is smaller and the parents are more committed to their child. It’s that simple.
I know homeschooling isn’t for everyone. I’ve heard, “well I have to work and don’t have the luxury of staying home with my child”. Gee….welcome to the club. I work full-time too; thank you very much. The nice part of homeschooling is…you can do it whenever you want. So we did lessons after dinner and homework during the day. It can be done.
I’m not super mom. I’m exhausted mom. I’m broke mom. I struggle to keep my child in a private school. A school where her emotional and spiritual well-being is as important as her academic well-being is. A place they say the Pledge every morning and are free to celebrate Christmas and not have to be PC and say “Happy Holidays”.
Currently, my property taxes pay for a school, that I find unsafe, inept, protects bullies and embraces the educational nightmare known as Common Core. I received no compensation for homeschooling. I can’t write off the tuition for private school, yet I pay for public school.
I pay for a school, in a district that wastes money. A school I had to send in a lot of supplies for because of mismanaged funds. A school where several teachers homeschool their children because they know how horrible public school can be.
While public school is a must for many children and families, something needs to be changed. Perhaps embracing school choice is the answer. Perhaps leaving my property tax dollars to fund a public school remains unchanged. I can live with that. However, to be fair, I am not opposed to receiving a discount for homeschooling and/or a tax write-off for choosing the educational model that works best for MY child.
We live inn a time where personal accountability is at an all-time low; where entitlement reigns supreme. Schools are unsafe because the parents of kid-bullies threaten to sue or say, “not my child” or refuse to acknowledge their hellion attacked a teacher. Teachers unions that protect abusive teachers who bully kids, humiliate them because they don’t understand a perceived simple concept. PTAs meet right after school to omit working parents from attending, simply because it’s convenient for the teachers…THESE are the reasons why someone who is not tied to the public school system needs to be in this position.
Not everyone can or will choose to homeschool or use a private or charter school, but those options are out there. Those of us who have researched and know these to be the best educational options for our children shouldn’t lose out because the public school system failed us. We deserve to be heard and to receive the same incentives.
As parents, we follow the law of mandatory education. However, our children are our primary concern and the district, the state and the government need to know, we have the final say when it comes to our children.
I am hoping this change will bring about positive and necessary changes for the sake of our children. The current system has been broken for far too long.
I received a text from my daughter’s Ninang (Godmother) yesterday that had me busting up, so I had to share.
She has two boys, ages 5 (Joseph) and 7 (Jordan). Joseph already had confessed to his Elf on a Shelf that he was running in the house and asked he not tell Santa. It was really cute, because he told his mom that when she asked about their conversation. If he only knew. lol
Joseph had received his naughty list warning from his Elf. As any little brother would do, he sought advice from his older sibling. He asked Jordan what would happen if his name gets on the naughty list.
Jordan responded he would get coal. “What’s that?” Joseph inquired. Jordan tells him, “It’s like the charcoal dad uses in the BBQ” Without skipping a beat, Joseph adds, “Ohhhh. Well if I make it on the naughty list and get lots of coal, I’ll just give it to dad so he can BBQ!”
I couldn’t help but laugh. Joseph has one of the brightest and most positive spins on life. Not much phases this child. It was a great way to look a potentially negative consequence. Who needs a silver lining when you have a coal one?
“The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively.” (Bob Marley)
A little over a year ago, I stumbled across a page on Facebook called “Love Thy Bully“. Joe had started the page and he was seeking Admins help to run this fun and informative bully-centered page. It’s a positive page that promotes awareness of all the “bully” breeds.
I am a pit bull owner. I have a pit mix named Smokey and I took him in around the time I “met” Joe. I already had one dog, but Smokey needed a home and my latest foster had just gone to a new home. Timing is everything after all. I eventually had to resigned my position as a Facebook Admin because some personal issues were dominating my every waking moment. Yet, I believe in the work Joe, his team and so many of us pit bull owners do in correcting an exaggerated stereotype of a some fantastic dogs.
I have worked in pit bull rescue. I have been a pit bull foster mom. I see dogs as individuals and with their own personalities. I don’t believe in breed specific legislation (BSL). That is legally banning dogs from certain communities based on their appearance. Funny, seems some people have forgotten how well that didn’t work when they tried that with certain people using their skin color.
While I am not stating there have never been attacks by pit bull breeds, I am realistic enough to know that the media is public enemy #1 against these dogs (imo). They will run a pit bull attack story 200 times more than any other breed attack; if they even mention any other attacks. While you will find bully bashers citing how there are more pit bull attacks, you won’t here them state how many more pit bulls there are in that particular area in comparison to other breeds. That results in number skewing for their own agenda. That’s not reporting facts. The media is no better than yellow journalists when it comes to any pit related story.
Here’s a fun one for you: Myth vs Fact: Myth: Pit bulls have locking jaws. That’s FALSE!!! In fact, a German Shepherd and a Rottweiler have stronger bit pressures than a pit bull.
I encourage you to visit Love Thy Bully if you have Facebook. If I’m not mistaken, you can also find them on Twitter and Tumbler. I don’t really use either of those other than to promote my blog, but it Tweet and Tumble, go for it. In addition to the cutest bully pics, there is information on education, awareness, ending BSL and the like.
I have comments set to approve and this particular post will not be an avenue to bash any bully breeds. Staying with the positive energy Love Thy Bully provides, please only comment if you can share good information. If you leave them a comment, let them know “Smokey’s mom” sent ya.
Photo by Matthew C Seufer - Oak Grove Baptist Church- Elgin,South Carolina USA June 10,2013 (Page 14 in the Inspirational book "Windows From Heaven")
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