Many Children Left Behind

This is good news.

As a former elementary school teacher and current homeschooling parent, I can honestly say that No Child Left Behind is a pile of crap.  It does not measure what the child is learning; it simply forces teachers to teach to a test.  The result is that they are often left with little time to teach what actually needs to be taught.

Please don’t try to tell me that NCLB was created in a well-meaning manner.  It wasn’t.  Wasted taxpayer dollars and government involvement where it was not needed is what happened with NCLB.  Don’t believe me?  See for yourself.  Use your favorite Internet search engine and your head will spin.

My son is being homeschooled for the first time this year, namely because he fell behind.  He’s a smart kid (edited to add: he’s gifted, okay?) 🙂 who earned straight A’s and a Presidential Academic Achievement Award; sadly, this was earned through many tears as his teacher “ignored” the needs of the “smart” kids.  I am glad to say he is now catching up and thriving.  Will he attend homeschool forever?  That’s another post.  Stay tuned. 🙂

Lib Says: I can’t wait for the other 40 states to ditch this pile of crap.

Love,

Lib

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Greece is the Time, is the Place, is the Motion

Did you know that things are a mess in Greece?  It doesn’t take more than a quick Internet search engine entry of “violence in Greece” to give you a sad view of what is happening there.  The intensely horrendous economic situation is causing major woes for the country.  Suicide rates are up.  There have been riots.  It is heartbreaking.

Lib Says: It doesn’t take a degree in economics to see that this kind of thing could happen here in our country.  It doesn’t take a conspiracy theorist to tell us that we ought to do a little preparation, and you need not be a doomsday preacher to do so.  Better to prepare and rest easy than live in Laa Laa Land pretending nothing could go wrong.

Love,

Lib

Going “Green”

Much has been written, said, filmed, and sung about going green.  In a nutshell, going green means taking steps to nurture and protect our planet beyond what society considers normal.  Some people do what to many is considered the “bare miniumum:” they recycle cans, paper, metal, and glass.  This is a wonderful thing, and every little bit adds up.

In the middle are people who really make strong efforts to make an impact, taking “reduce, reuse, recycle” a few notches higher.  Women may use cloth menstrual pads or reusable menstrual cups; families may work together to grow food, save rainwater, make their own cleaning products, etc.  These (and many other) additional steps are wonderful and again, every little bit adds up!

There are people who take it a step further, and I admire this particular family greatly.  The Dervaes family are making a huge impact on lightening their load on the planet, and they are among the kindest people ever!  No pretentiousness here; none of the pushy (and often offensive) behavior associated with heartfelt environmentalists.  They set the standard for what can be done, and they encourage others to do what they can.  Nobody is put down or told they’re not doing enough, and I have so much respect for how Mr. Jules Dervaes makes sure that people understand that the incredible homestead that he and his family have created took years to accomplish.

Please take 15 minutes to watch this award-winning film.  I promise: it is worth your time!

Lib Says: In all things, baby steps.  Do what you can.  Be inspired.  Do more when you can.  Encourage others with love and grace to do their part too.  It all adds up.

Lib Wants To Know: What do you do to care for our planet? Let’s share some ideas!

Love,

Lib

Pajamas Should NOT be Worn in Public

Over the past few years, one cannot help but notice the number of people who wear pajamas in public, namely pajama pants, and I’m not just talking about the People of Walmart.  Fully grown adults, teenagers, tweens, you name it; pajamas in public.  This is not only in bad taste, it is also a sign of the times in which people are feeling mighty down and have little motivation to put themselves together.

Case in point.  No doubt the drivers are distracted by these hot-pink horrors:

Once a person moves beyond the toddler set in age, pajamas in public looks just plain ridiculous.  If you are sick and you need to make a pharmacy/vitamin run, put on some proper bottomwear such as pants/jeans, get your stuff, and go home and change.

TIP: You can leave your pajama top on if you cover it with a jacket!

Lib Says: Society has moved very far away from the “Leave it to Beaver” times in which ladies dressed up in public: dresses/skirts & blouses, gloves, pearls, well-groomed.  Men wore suits, and often hats.  Though we need not go to this extreme dress today, we do need to keep a measure of dignity and even femininity.  Lib LOVES her pajamas, and will one day be cremated in them, but she also believes that they ought to be left at home when one is in public.

Love,

Lib

 

Sarcasm, Smugness, and Smarts

I had a teacher who said, “Sarcasm is anger with a smile.” My observations have shown that smugness has become an acceptable form of communication in our American society. For example, when McDonald’s wanted to show that they were accepting credit/debit cards, they put up this smug, obnoxious, unprofessional sign.  Whatever happened to simple dignity?  Smarts are falling prey to Sarcasm and Smugness.  How can we expect people to treat us right when we don’t treat each other right?

Lib says: No matter how you slice the cake, what comes around goes around, you reap what you sow, karma will come back to bite you, etc., it’s all about chilling out and accepting people for who they are, not what they do.  You don’t have to like everything everyone does; I assure you, people don’t like what you do.

Love,

Lib

Religion

Regarding religion, Lib says: “PEOPLE, CALM DOWN! Not everyone believes like you. Accept that.

Jesus said “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”

The prophet Mohammed said, “Kindness is a mark of faith, and whoever is not kind has no faith.”

Buddha said, “Whatever words we utter should be chosen with care for people will hear them and be influenced by them for good or ill.”

Love is a VERB, meaning it takes ACTION, not FEELING. You don’t have to agree with the theology of others but you do have to share planetary space and the atmosphere with them, so you might as well get along. Don’t be a jerk. And even if you choose to be a jerk, God will love you, so move on.”

Lib=VERY smart. 🙂

Love,
Lib

The Super Bowl

The Super Bowl is cool because companies spend gazillions of dollars making cool commercials to keep people like me who know nothing about football entertained while the people who follow football are taking hot wing and bathroom breaks.

The Super Bowl was once not cool…circa 1986:

Maybe the Pats should have done this in 2012:

Lib says: Maybe not. Give DA BEARS credit for actually doing it themselves instead of hiring mullet/big-haired 80’s peeps.

Love,
Lib