Lies We Believe

Many years back our first and second born children took a standardized test required by our state. They both did incredibly well on every portion except math. In the other subjects they generally scored years ahead of their grade level. In math the oldest scored one or two years ahead, and the second child scored exactly average for her grade level. So then, of course, I thought I was a failure as a homeschooling mom. This is not just a homeschooling mom thing- when we were in school my father always insisted that ‘average’ was the same as failing, and it was not acceptable. I never did figure out if he really couldn’t understand that a C was passing or if he was just messing with our minds.

Funny thing was that the next year when filling out the forms for the same test I realized I’d made a mistake the previous year. Instead of properly placing each child in the grade she had just completed, I’d accidentally assigned the young Equuschick to the grade she was about to enter. So she’d received an average score for a student in the third grade when in fact she was only a second grader- and I thought I was a failure as a homeschooling mom.

What lies do you believe?

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Disaster Preparedness: Flexibility

“…every war strategist knows that the best-laid plans often go in the trash
soon after the first shot is fired. In other words, circumstances
change so quickly that response has to be fluid—because
stubbornly sticking to a plan can get you killed. Likewise,
response to a natural disaster must be fluid—because the
disaster itself is fluid, and because critical decisions must
be made quickly and under duress. Additionally, it is well worth
noting that the logistical burden created by Katrina far exceeds
that of 9/11: One event destroyed a few city blocks; the other
destroyed the coastal communities of two states.

Of course, as this column has noted before, individual preparedness
is the front line of national preparedness. Local, state and
federal government agencies could not begin to pre-position
emergency-relief inventories for every contingency plan across the
nation. Government agencies will likely not be able to meet even
minimal needs for days or even weeks, depending on the nature
of the catastrophe, and only then after the surge of response
and recovery efforts is sufficient. (FederalistPatriot.US
posts an excellent resource page “Recommended Action Plan”
(http://FederalistPatriot.US/useprpc/) with all you need to
know about emergency preparedness measures for yourself and
your family.)
From The Federalist Patriot, No. 05-36

The above link to the Federalist Patriot’s disaster plans will take you to some webpages that might be overwhelming. These people take preparedness very seriously. My own suggestions thus far would be useful for the sort of emergency most of us are likely to deal with- two or three days trapped at home, possibly without electricity. This site tells you how to prepare for more than that.
Lots of good, sensible ideas here, even if you think it’s a bit paranoid. It’s better to be prepared for the worst and not ever have to deal with it than to be unprepared and have it happen.

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Word of the Day:

Ludic: “Of or relating to play or playfulness…” (from dictionary.com)

is this where we get ludicrous, I wonder?

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Concerning A Pet Peeve

There is a system of education even more cruel than a system which mocks and humiliates the less gifted.

It is that system which hides the kind truth from the less gifted, and with gruesome lies fills them with unfair and cruel hopes for a future that they will be unable to achieve. Mankind’s current habit of telling everyone they have a gift, whether they do or not, ranks as one of the greatest examples of mankind’s inhumanity to man.

There is, you see, no more pitiable person than a person filled with false assumptions about their own talents. The grievances that cause others to laugh are to them very real indeed, the offended confusion that follows them through life as what they suppose to be their superior capacity for such and such is never recognized, is very real and very painful to them. It is not fair, it is not fair.

May fate be kind to those whose only end is disapointment, and may those who set them up for it be forgiven.

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Lies We Believe

Many years back our first and second born children took a standardized test required by our state. They both did incredibly well on every portion except math. In the other subjects they generally scored years ahead of their grade level. In math the oldest scored one or two years ahead, and the second child scored exactly average for her grade level. So then, of course, I thought I was a failure as a homeschooling mom. This is not just a homeschooling mom thing- when we were in school my father always insisted that ‘average’ was the same as failing, and it was not acceptable. I never did figure out if he really couldn’t understand that a C was passing or if he was just messing with our minds.

Funny thing was that the next year when filling out the forms for the same test I realized I’d made a mistake the previous year. Instead of properly placing each child in the grade she had just completed, I’d accidentally assigned the young Equuschick to the grade she was about to enter. So she’d received an average score for a student in the third grade when in fact she was only a second grader- and I thought I was a failure as a homeschooling mom.

What lies do you believe?

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Disaster Preparedness: Flexibility

“…every war strategist knows that the best-laid plans often go in the trash
soon after the first shot is fired. In other words, circumstances
change so quickly that response has to be fluid—because
stubbornly sticking to a plan can get you killed. Likewise,
response to a natural disaster must be fluid—because the
disaster itself is fluid, and because critical decisions must
be made quickly and under duress. Additionally, it is well worth
noting that the logistical burden created by Katrina far exceeds
that of 9/11: One event destroyed a few city blocks; the other
destroyed the coastal communities of two states.

Of course, as this column has noted before, individual preparedness
is the front line of national preparedness. Local, state and
federal government agencies could not begin to pre-position
emergency-relief inventories for every contingency plan across the
nation. Government agencies will likely not be able to meet even
minimal needs for days or even weeks, depending on the nature
of the catastrophe, and only then after the surge of response
and recovery efforts is sufficient. (FederalistPatriot.US
posts an excellent resource page “Recommended Action Plan”
(http://FederalistPatriot.US/useprpc/) with all you need to
know about emergency preparedness measures for yourself and
your family.)
From The Federalist Patriot, No. 05-36

The above link to the Federalist Patriot’s disaster plans will take you to some webpages that might be overwhelming. These people take preparedness very seriously. My own suggestions thus far would be useful for the sort of emergency most of us are likely to deal with- two or three days trapped at home, possibly without electricity. This site tells you how to prepare for more than that.
Lots of good, sensible ideas here, even if you think it’s a bit paranoid. It’s better to be prepared for the worst and not ever have to deal with it than to be unprepared and have it happen.

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Famous in the Second Degree

My friend Donna-Jean, of Liberty and Lily blog, is famous in the first degree because she was interviewed by Cindy Swanson, who has a radio program with an Illinois radio station. Cindy also has a blog, Notes in the Key of Life, and there is a partial transcript there. I get to promote myself to second degree of fame status because I know Donna-Jean, have met her in real life, and have actually hugged her and been hugged by her, and been blessed and encouraged by her immense zest for everything. I defy anybody to spend twenty minutes in her presence and not laugh outloud with joy. I also get sdfs because the interview was about the Ambleside HELP project. Ambleside Online is a free Charlotte Mason curriculum, and AO HELP is a streamlined, gentle, comforting (we pray) version intended for those homeschooling in the midst of crisis, like Katrina. I mentioned it previously here.
Donna-Jean describes it as being our ‘little boy’s lunch.’ Go see what she means.

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Word of the Day:

Ludic: “Of or relating to play or playfulness…” (from dictionary.com)

is this where we get ludicrous, I wonder?

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Concerning A Pet Peeve

There is a system of education even more cruel than a system which mocks and humiliates the less gifted.

It is that system which hides the kind truth from the less gifted, and with gruesome lies fills them with unfair and cruel hopes for a future that they will be unable to achieve. Mankind’s current habit of telling everyone they have a gift, whether they do or not, ranks as one of the greatest examples of mankind’s inhumanity to man.

There is, you see, no more pitiable person than a person filled with false assumptions about their own talents. The grievances that cause others to laugh are to them very real indeed, the offended confusion that follows them through life as what they suppose to be their superior capacity for such and such is never recognized, is very real and very painful to them. It is not fair, it is not fair.

May fate be kind to those whose only end is disapointment, and may those who set them up for it be forgiven.

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The DHM Speaks of Grammar

Do not say “I, myself…” Unless you really think your readers will be confused by your use of the pronoun ‘I’ and will think you refer to somebody other than ‘you, yourself’ if you do not clarify for them. Your readers are highly unlikely to be that stupid, since ‘I’ is, after all, a one letter word and it is widely understood.

If you do not think your readers will fail to understand the meaning of the word ‘I’ then to say “I, myself” is ineptly pretentious. Stop it.

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