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  1. ...what is it? Please don't count Scripture. Thanks, and interested in seeing the results... SuperDad (who really likes CM's "children are persons" thing but isn't sure if it's the "one"... I'm shopping for a parenting mantra like some people shop for wedding dresses :D).
  2. I am planning 6 months in advance for the challenge of homeschooling my very bright, challenging boy. I am working on a list of Bible scriptures to inspire me while homeschooling. Do you have any suggestions? My challenges are temper and patience. But "I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength." Philippians 5:13 :)
  3. I am hoping to find some sources to inspire me. I am following my own course of self study in various areas, and find that it can be very lonely--few people I know understand why I am bothering. So, where do you turn for inspiration, accountability, companionship? What blog, web site, group, organization, book or magazine (or whatever else) keeps you going when the going is tough?
  4. First of all I want to personally thank SWB and JW for taking the time to write WTM. I had already been homeschooling for several years when I read it. My oldest two did not really reap the benefits from the shift in my homeschooling paradigm, but the oldest of my younger four is now a high school senior. She was in the grammar stage when I began making changes in the tone and intensity of my educational plan. We were never able to implement everything that I wanted to. Latin fell away because I was overwhelmed. We never really made it very far in logic. WTM made the gaps in my education even more obvious than they already were. But I did not let this discourage me and I soldiered on and we did the best we could do to live out the ideals in WTM. These forums, esp the high school board and the curriculum board, were a huge help to me; a very real and tangible support in keeping the rigor and keeping it real. This afternoon Sarah received a personal phone call from the director of the honors program at the college she has chosen. She was accepted into the University Scholars program, an elite group that only accepts 15 freshmen per year. We know from the competition weekend that she was on the low end of competitors as far as ACT and GPA, just a little higher than what it took to be invited to compete. It was her ability to hold her own in group discussions on diverse topics, to stand up to the interview process, to keep it together during the timed essays. The competitors were watched every minute of the competition weekend to see if they would be a good fit for the program. I knew she would be a good fit and now her chosen college has seen her for what she is; a bright, well read, well rounded, thoughtful young woman who knows who she is, what she stands for and how to defend that stance. Thank you Susan. Thank you Jessie. The time you invested in pouring yourselves out into the pages of WTM is a large part of the reason that we are where we are today. Thank you for the roadmap.
  5. Maybe it will seem that way to all of you. Hmmm...how to make this long story short? The facts: 1. I have two degrees in education and taught high school for 11 years. 2. I am now in administration in a school district for the last three years. 3. I have a "good" job as in good salary, good benefits, etc. DH works an opposite schedule so we can still homeschool. 4. I am currently working on my doctorate in educational administration. So what's the problem? I hate it. I am actually against public schools in general and especially against all this standardized curriculum and testing (which is exactly what I am in charge of). I don't want to be a principal, ever. Yet, that is the degree I am working on. Why? I don't know. I guess just because it is the logical next step for me (or so everyone says). The more classes I take, the more bored and miserable I am. I can handle the work load just fine (I am gifted in the area of multi-tasking). I just don't WANT to do the work. It's too fake and too boring. I can't take it. So I recently did something that may seem a little crazy. It is something I have thought about doing for a while and I just finally got the courage to do it. I applied and was accepted into a graduate program for Theology and Biblical Studies. It means getting another master's degree but it will be a track that leads to a PhD in Theology which is my end goal. I want to teach at the university level and I want to write about topics I care about. Including me, there are a total of TWO women in the program. I LIKE THOSE ODDS. I am all for busting through that glass ceiling! And I do NOT want to be a principal and give out detention and do "lunch duty" or "bus duty" or chaperone school dances or enforce arbitrary rules or promote a secular humanistic curriculum that espouses a post-modern "truth is relative" philosophy because I think it is destroying our nation and I don't want to be a part of that. And I can't keep doing this fake, existential thing where I keep assigning meaning to things that don't really have any inherent meaning just so I don't jump off a bridge. Truly, who cares about the stupid state test anyways? Not me. I scored a perfect score on our state test when I was in high shool. Do you know how many colleges and jobs have asked me about my score on that test? ZERO. That's right. It is a fake test given for fake reasons so that the government can "prove" to the public that their tax dollars are not going to waste and justify the continued expenditure on a system that cannot be reformed (and they don't want it to be reformed anyway...they just want to be reforming it...notice the verb tense...school reform is big business and if they were ever able to actually reform it, a lot of people would be out of a job). And I go to work each day and pretend that all this stuff is really important when it isn't. It has NO eternal significance whatsoever. And I wish it didn't matter to me but it does. I wish I could just do a job, any job, and be content that I have a job. But I am not. I need to do something meaningful. If I am going to work outside the home then it needs to be worth it and not just in terms of money. Whew...glad I got that off my chest. Maybe I am losing my mind. So anyways, I don't really know why I am writing this except that I had to tell you all ...maybe I just needed to vent...and maybe there is someone else out there who has done this degree before and might have advice for me. Or maybe you think I am crazy...that's OK , too. Or maybe you think I am doing the right thing? Dh is all for it. He is against the degree in education and wants me to go for the theology degree. Maybe losing a friend has made me a little too introspective or maybe I have always been this way. Sometimes I feel sorry for my dh for marrying someone as complicated and high-maintenance as I am. OK, I am done rambling. I just wanted to tell you all my news!
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