Home schooling / flexible schooling

OK, it took some time for me to arrive at this position, but I am now a huge fan of flexible schooling.  We did it the last two years of youngest daughter’s high school and wish we would have started earlier.  Technically it is home schooling, but with the mix of online courses and Home School Association classes it is really more like flexible schooling.

A few benefits:

  • You get the kids out of the cesspools that many public schools have become
  • Incredible flexibility for study time, volunteer activities and extracurricular activities.
  • Very small class sizes — smaller than even private schools.
  • You don’t have the gang, drug, fighting and other activities that even good school districts have.
  • It is a bargain compared to private schools.
  • Opportunities to develop excellent time management skills.  College won’t be as big of a transition, as kids will be used to managing their time.
  • Dual credit high school classes that cover high school and college requirements are the ultimate bargain.  Our community college system is already 1/5 of what the state schools charge and if your child hasn’t graduated high school the cost is even less.  You’ll spend more on books than tuition.

You need to be very intentional about getting the education and the socializing down. We know of a couple home schooled kids who meet the stereotype of not being socialized well (though that may have had nothing to do with where they were schooled), but countless more who are phenomenally well adjusted . It is a running joke with home schooling about that. These kids are out and about doing all sorts of things.

I know that we pay 100% of our property taxes and 100% of the extra costs of home schooling, and many people do the same to send their kids to private schools. You can just scan the cost / student in many areas (over $10,000 per student to get the current results) and see that something has gone horribly wrong with how we administer education.

We could do so much more with flexibile schooling by utilizing best-of-the-best recorded lessons, computer training/testing and having teachers do more tutoring than trying to give one-size-fits-all lessons to over 20 kids at once.  It would save big $$$ and get better results.

It’s pretty bad when even Jezebel says you are awful

Not the Jezebel* of the Bible, the iconally evil wife of King Ahab, but the website of the same name that posted Awful: Couple Ditches Baby with Down Syndrome with Thai Surrogate.

Like many others, Jezebel suffers from moral schizophrenia.  The site is rabidly pro-abortion and therefore fully supportive of killing Down Syndrome children (or any other children) in the womb, as happens 90% of the time in our “tolerant, loving” culture.  Read the comment thread if you don’t believe me.  But they think it was “awful” that a couple paid for a child but wouldn’t accept him because of his Down Syndrome.  That’s rather preachy, judgmental and moralistic of them, but I do agree with them on that point.

Some of the details, if you aren’t familiar with the story:

An anonymous Australian couple has ignited a huge controversy after abandoning a baby they had using a surrogate because he had Down syndrome and taking his healthy twin sister back to Australia with them. Because humanity just wasn’t insufferable enough.

But they would have had no issues if they had killed the boy in the womb, or even outside the womb via “partial-birth abortion,” aka infanticide.

Because commercial surrogacy is outlawed in Australia (though they may use an altruistic surrogate who does not receive any payment outside medical expenses), many couples seek options overseas to make things easier. Fertility clinics in places like Thailand and India have become hotspots as they are a much easier options for overseas parents-to-be and poorer Indian women can make a considerable amount of money from surrogacy.

There are many problems with surrogacy and I think it should be illegal.  Sadly, many gays and lesbians use it to deliberately raise children without a mother and a father.

. . . When the agency informed the Australian couple, they said they were not going to take the boy and allegedly asked her to have an abortion—which she refused.

Good for the mother!

When she gave birth to the twins in December of last year, the agent took the healthy baby girl, and left her with the baby boy. Pattaramon claims that she has yet to be fully compensated by the agency. She has never met the Australian parents.

. . .

“Why does he have to be abandoned while the other baby has it easy? I feel sorry for him. I don’t know what to do. I chose to have him, not to hurt him. I love him. He was in my tummy for nine months, it’s like my child. I treat him like my other children, never think you are not my child and I don’t care for you, never.”

. . .

Thai officials have maintained that commercial surrogacy is illegal in the country despite the huge lack of regulation, and Australian groups are worried that Gammy’s story may lead to an intense crackdown or all-out ban on international surrogacy. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has commented, calling the situation an “incredibly sad story,” saying, “I guess it illustrates some of the pitfalls involved in this particular [surrogacy] business.”

 

“It’s a really sad story but not the first case we have seen in this area,” he said. “There have been recent tragic cases of foreign parents not accepting disabled children born through surrogacy.”

Pure moral schizophrenia.  Would they kill the children if they became disabled outside the womb?  Probably not.  Yet.

* Side note: Whenever I hear of her I think of my youngest daughter’s comment about how it would be considered a rather pretty name if not for Jezebel’s over-the-top evil nature.

A good response to the “sex is not consent to pregnancy, so abortion is OK” fallacy

I support the concept of men being responsible for the children they create.  I don’t support the one-sided pro-abortion argument that sex – with or without attempted birth control – is not consent to pregnancy, therefore women have the option to kill the children they created.  It is a lousy argument to begin with, but even if true then these radical feminists should be consistent and let the guys have the same choice to opt-out.  Don’t let pro-aborts get away with the inconsistency.  If they use that argument, ask if they also apply it to men.

Via If a Man Doesn’t Want to be a Father, He’s a Deadbeat; A Woman is Just Pro-Choice.

When arguing about abortion, I’ve seen a lot of people claim “sex isn’t a contract.” Other variations of this idea include:
·         Consent to A doesn’t mean consent to B (that is, consent to sex doesn’t mean consent to reproduction).
·         You clearly don’t consent to reproduce if you use birth control.
·         Sex is not a crime and shouldn’t be punished / Rights cannot be restricted unless there is a crime.
The problem is, when it comes to reproduction, these arguments only apply to women.
If a man gets a woman pregnant–be it his wife, girlfriend, affair, or one night stand–he is legally bound to provide support for that child. In other words, because the man participated in the child’s conception (because the man had sex), his rights are altered. It doesn’t matter if the man was only consenting to sex, and not to reproduction. It doesn’t matter if he used birth control. It doesn’t matter that sex isn’t a crime. He fathered the kid, so the law considers him responsible for the kid.
secularprolife2And the law takes a pretty hard line on the subject. Courts can require a father to pay child support based not just on what he earns, but on what courts believe he has the ability to earn. Child support obligations remain even if a father goes to prison, or declares bankruptcy. Even if he wants to terminate his parental rights (and therefore his parental responsibilities), the courts usually won’t allow it unless there is another adult prepared to adopt the child and take over that responsibility. And there are many methods for enforcing child support. A man’s tax refunds can be intercepted, his property seized, business or occupational license suspended, and in some states his driver’s license can be revoked. If he still fails to make payment, he can be held in contempt and given jail time.
In short, if a man has sex he runs the risk of being (rather tightly) legally bound to any new life he creates. . .

Hobby Lobby enemies tip their hands at their malice and/or ignorance

For what should be the 1,000th time, Hobby Lobby already paid for 16 types of birth control.  They just don’t want to pay for abortifacients.  If you want us “out of your womb,” then why ask the government to force businesses to pay for your abortions?  And we don’t actually care about being in your womb at all.  We just want to protect any human beings temporarily residing there.

Anyone who doesn’t know that by now is either malicious and/or a truly low-information voter who has little hope of ever being properly informed.

The Democrats who are still fighting Hobby Lobby think their voters are stupid, and they may be right.

Placing free birth control above religious freedom, Democrats in both the Senate and the House on Wednesday announced legislation to “right” the alleged “wrong” done to women by the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent Hobby Lobby ruling.

“Women across the country and men are outraged by a decision by five Supreme Court justices that all of a sudden says your boss has an opportunity to decide for you what your health care choices are,” Sen. Patty Murray, the bill’s sponsor, told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell on Wednesday.

“That outrage is being transmitted to everyone, and I think we have a very good chance of rewriting the law so that the justices can’t take away women’s ability to make their own health care choices.”

There is no way those politicians don’t know the truth about how Hobby Lobby isn’t stopping anyone from doing anything.  And they pay well above minimum wage, so if their employees really want to kill their babies they can afford to.

False teachers are actively protesting Hobby Lobby and are turning logic upside down, as usual, and pretending that the Supreme Court decision is somehow limiting religious freedom.  What a sick joke.

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Does anyone — Republican or Democrat — really think that the IRS emails don’t implicate Obama?

I’d love to have a polygraph done on anyone denying it.  This should be front-page news until the issue is closed.  The notion that 7 people lost just the emails related to the scandal and that there are no backups anywhere is so ludicrous that to deny it is to be complicit in the cover-up.

Consider Watergate vs. the IRS abuses, via Protecting the Precious | RedState.

The whole thing involved, in large part, 18 minutes out of 300,000 minutes of audio tape and a potential cover up of a crime. Editorialists at the time were calling for a deeper investigation. They denounced Bork for firing Cox — an act he clearly did not want to do. The media demanded independence, a congressional investigation, and scalps.In Washington today, the circle of jerks covering President Obama is more interested in scalping the Redskins than getting to the bottom of how 7 employees of the IRS could suddenly have their emails erased with no backups. So many of their spouses work for President Obama, they feel their chief duty is to protect their precious.

 

The deadly law of unintended consequences, illegal immigration style

The law of unintended consequences often turns deadly, as it has with illegal immigration.  Via If I Were Marco Rubio:

Senator Marco Rubio spent the better part of last year joining together with Democrats to make a bipartisan push for amnesty and comprehensive open borders.  The message to the third world was clear and unambiguous.  We have not learned the mistakes of the past and we will continue granting amnesty because we lack the stomach to leave any illegals behind.Not surprisingly, starting late last year there was a surge in border crossings.  Now, there are rampant rumors throughout Central America that as long as you come here with children, you will never be turned down.  How uncanny that the rumor tracks almost identically with the statements put out by politicians in both parties propagating a desire to care for the world’s poor and place their needs over those of Americans.If I were Marco Rubio, I would hang my head down in shame for helping engender this new wave of illegal immigration.  At the very least, I would have issued the following statement:“Although I have previously expressed support for amnesty, it is now abundantly clear that calls for amnesty before the enforcement measures are implemented will always spawn endless cycles of illegal immigration.  The approach I pursued last year was deeply flawed and I am now committed to shaming and embarrassing this administration into following the laws and preserving our sovereignty.  I still wish to deal with some other immigration-related issues, but none of that can be addressed until the lawlessness ends and this country is shielded from the harmful effects of illegal immigration.”Instead, Rubio put out this ambiguous statement . . .

Rubio is just one of many ignorant and/or malicious Republicans, Democrats and false teachers whose language on immigration has motivated millions of people to cross our borders.  Many are just children whose parents thought this was a way to help them, but in addition to committing felonies they have put these children in great danger.  The blood is on the hands of those who speak so irresponsibly and can’t see 15 minutes into the future.

People respond to incentives, and talk about DREAM Acts, immigration reform, etc. provide a gigantic incentive.  We need to close the borders and enforce immigration laws.  That won’t cure the problem, but it will make a marked improvement.  When jobs dry up people return to their homelands (it has happened before).  And it will reduce the demand for people coming to the U.S.

Planned Parenthood’s deadly argument from silence

As always, remember that forgiveness and healing are possible for those who have participated in the abortion process.

Planned Parenthood kills babies for a living, they systematically hide rape, incest and sex trafficking, they encourage kids to have all sorts of out-of-wedlock sex and pretend that it can be done without risks, they would rather destroy a breast cancer charity than part ways amicably, they commit Medicaid fraud, they teach kids the joys of BDSM, and so much more. Their leaders and abortionists get rich off* of death and misery, aided by your taxes.  They use some of that money to fund propaganda telling women that if they aren’t willing to kill their children that they can’t be equal in value to men.

But wait — they have found religion!  Rather, they have rehashed their “religious” talking points from their “chaplains.”  Their main argument is that the Bible doesn’t specifically mention the word abortion, therefore it can’t be a big deal.  And if you aren’t sure about that, they’ll refer you to one of their chaplains false teachers.  Via An Open Letter to Cecile Richards « Alliance Defending Freedom Blog.

Planned Parenthood has published a “Pastoral Letter” which tells women:“The truth is that abortion is not even mentioned in the Scriptures—Jewish or Christian—and there are clergy and people of faith from all denominations who support women making this complex decision.”It appears that this letter is no longer available on your website, but an archived version can be found here for your reference page 3.

The argument that the Bible never said anything about abortion  (or homosexual behavior, etc.) fails on several levels. If a church leader uses it you can be confident that he or she is ignorant and/or malicious.  Just because it doesn’t mention every type of killing doesn’t mean that those forms are acceptable.  It doesn’t say it is wrong to bomb abortion clinics, but I think Richards would agree with me that no one should do that.

The Alliance Defending Freedom folks had a great suggestion for Richards.  I doubt she’ll take them up on it. But they did call her bluff.  Does she really want to refer to the Bible?  We’d love to have that conversation all day, every day.

While I disagree with Planned Parenthood’s exegesis of Scripture, I am not writing to debate that point. Instead, I write to express my agreement with Planned Parenthood, reflected in the publication of this pastoral letter, that for many women their religious beliefs will be very relevant to their decision about whether to have an abortion.On that common ground, on behalf of Alliance Defending Freedom, I would like to offer Planned Parenthood one free copy of the Bible for every Planned Parenthood facility in the country. Planned Parenthood could place these Bibles in their waiting rooms and permit women the opportunity to explore for themselves what the Jewish and Christian Scriptures have to say about abortion.

There is no doubt that we are on opposite sides of this theological and moral question. But as we are in apparent agreement that Scripture and its teachings or lack thereof in your view on abortion would be relevant to many women’s abortion decisions, making these Bibles available to those women would certainly benefit your potential customers.

To allay any concerns you might have, the Bibles Alliance Defending Freedom would provide to Planned Parenthood would be new unmarked copies. For instance, we would not highlight Psalm 127:3 “Truly children are a gift from the Lord; the fruit of the womb is a reward”, Psalm 139:13 “You knit me together in my mother’s womb…”, Psalm 22:10-11 “You have been my guide since I was first formed . . . from my mother’s womb you are my God” or Jeremiah 1:5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart”.We would not dog-ear Exodus 20:13 “You shall not kill”. Nor would we even place a bookmark at Luke 1:41, 44 where the “baby [John the Baptist] … leapt for joy” in his mother’s womb when the baby Jesus was nearby in Mary’s womb.Rather, we would make these Bibles available, unedited and without emphasis of any kind, allowing those women visiting a Planned Parenthood facility to review them themselves.

* Cecile Richards, the leader of PP, makes over $500,000 per year.  Killing babies is a big business.