by Linda Szugyi I'm three chapters into Terrence O. Moore's new book, The Story-Killers: A Common-Sense Case Against the Common Core, and all I can say is amen. Thanks to the military lifestyle, our family experienced a Church of England primary school, two Catholic private schools, and a public virtual school in just five short years. These experiences … Continue reading Common Core Standards: The Measuring Stick With No Measurements
We took the kids to a civil war reenactment this weekend. It was a cold day for central Florida, which of course means that it wasn't actually objectively cold, but when you are afraid to wear jeans in January because you might roast by the afternoon, you aren't going to be prepared for a rare frigid wind. After a … Continue reading Our History: Gone Like a Dream of Yesterday
Ever wonder how many .gov websites are geared toward children? Lemme tell ya, there are quite a few. Ben's Guide, brought to you by the Superintendent of Documents in the U.S. Government Printing Office, provides pretty comprehensive listings, by both subject and agency. If you click over and give a scroll, you'll get an idea of … Continue reading Dot Gov Sites for Children: We Make Propaganda Fun!
Nothing influences the decisions we make today more than our understanding of the past. This influence extends to all aspects of life, from the spiritual and political to the mundane choices we make everyday. Generally speaking, history can be divided into just two categories: the personal and the secondhand stories that society passes down. The history that … Continue reading History Matters
By Linda Szugyi I've never done the New Year's resolution thing. The way I always figured, why start the new year by setting yourself up for failure? I mean, if you haven't reached a particular goal in your life already, how is a new digit going to make it happen? I can't even remember to write the new year on my checks until April or so. … Continue reading A Conservative New Year’s Resolution
by Linda Szugyi It just so happens that we've been watching a great deal of Duck Dynasty for the past month. We don't have cable so the way it works is, we find something to watch on the Roku. If we like it then we may watch a few episodes in a row. With no ads, a whole … Continue reading Is the Duck Pond the High Water Mark?
by Linda Szugyi Last week, I mentioned how tough it is to opine on something that impacts me in a personal way. In that post, the topic was the war in Afghanistan. This week, it is the budget war on the Hill. Sheesh. How do I objectively assess the Ryan-Murray budget deal, when it stands to cost thousands … Continue reading Ryan-Murray Budget Deal: Reaching Compromise on the Backs of Military Retirees
Last week, my husband returned from a six month deployment in Afghanistan. So politics haven't been on my mind much. Mostly, we’ve just enjoyed family time. The separation is hard, but reunion is the reward. With hubby still cleaning the moon dust off his boots, I got a little curious. How is it going over there? And … Continue reading A Puzzled Housewife Researches the War in Afghanistan
For this post, I collected a whole lotta links on Education Expert Stupidity. At the start, I was all geared up for apoplexy. I’m talking outrage of the eye-twitching, blood vessel-bursting kind. Writing is a journey, however, and the destination is often a surprise. Certainly, idiocy is in no short supply. But at the end … Continue reading Education Experts Gone Wild
As a general rule, I like being right. Whether in politics, or when my child has “looked everywhere and it's not there,” or whatever the occasion. It feels good to be right, especially when somebody else is insisting over and over that I am wrong. The bestest part is when an opponent actually realizes his mistake. … Continue reading The Key to Defeating the Left: Fill the Blank in Phase Two!
Oh, okay, that's not the real title of the bill I'm about to discuss. The Strengthening America’s Schools Act of 2013 (let’s dub it “SASA”) is eleven hundred fifty pages of stereo instruction. After mentally ingesting most of it over the weekend, I’m wondering whether printing it out and physically ingesting it might have been … Continue reading The Sneaking Common Core in our Schools Act of 2013
As a general concept, homeschooling has a long history. Private, in-home tutoring was quite normal in wealthy ancient Roman families. The pioneers of the American west had to teach at home, at least until their settlement was big enough for a schoolhouse. Homeschooling did not really begin as a modern cultural movement until the 1970s. At that point a fellow named John Holt, a … Continue reading The Sanity of Homeschooling Insanity