A response to John Oliver’s segment on public schools

John Oliver did a good segment on public schools, however it doesn’t address a fundamental underlying issue and that is that public schools should be ended. Make parents be responsible for their own kids education and increase competition, it would guarantee you’d see a change in US education.

Listen to “Episode 96. John Oliver And Public Schools” on Spreaker.

What would education look like without public school?

Its hard to imagine the modern world without yellow school buses and large public schools. However at a time not that long ago this didn’t exist. So in its absence what would education look like?
Listen to “Episode 97. What Would Education Look Like Without Public Schos” on Spreaker.

Classical education is the best choice for your kid

Having grown up and gone to various school systems I have done extensive studies into what is the best education for my kids. I have come to the conclusion that this is the best and this is why.
Listen to “Episode 95. Classical Education Is The Best.” on Spreaker.

Episode 95. Classical education is very important

I am a huge fan of Classical education and believe that it is one of the greatest gifts that you can provide for your children. Here is my thoughts on this type of education.
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Episode 14. Investment Advice. Go To A Licensed Professional. How To Deal With Children Hitting Each Other.

Following a good discussion about bitcoin I have to clarify that it is very important to discuss any financial decisions with a certified financial planner. Also you need to diversify cause you never know what will gain or lose value. Lastly, my kid was bit by another kid and there are some valuable lessons I learned from this happening.

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Episode 12. What do you mean not socialized?

A common argument heard against home schoolers is that they are not socialized. This is largely a misnomer and very far from the truth. Here I address this issue and other amazing facts about homeschooling.

Snow Flake, the cat that died

White-CatA long time ago when I still lived with my parents, they owned a couple of cats. One of them was snowflake. Snow flake was a small white cat that was long furred and had blue eyes. Snow flake was also small. She was very sweet and would come and sit with you all the time. Compared to the other cats, this was a sweetheart and I really liked her.
One morning I heard pawing at my door. I went to let Snow flake in. She tried to jump into bed with me but could. I picked her up and put her next to me thinking she was tired. But she was making weird sounds and didn’t want to relax.
An hour went by and I had to get ready to go to work. I took a shower and came back into the room. Snow Flake was still on the bed, but she was acting kind of woozy and had her tongue hanging out her mouth.
I took her into the living room and sat with her in a wicker chair and stroked her fur and scratched her head. I told her every thing would be okay very soon, over and over. Her breathing became shallower and shallower. I could feel the life leaving her extremities. She would look up at me with her small blue eyes but they couldn’t focus. Her body slowly went completely rigid in my hands and I could feel her life leaving her body.
Slowly I watched the sun rise above the trees and thought about life. I must have been there for another hour until I could feel Snow Flake getting cold in my hands. After which I am not sure what I did but I will always remember that wonderful cat.

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Why My College Degree Is Meaningless: Years in the Education System Has Soiled My Learning (Huffington Post)

Sin_diplomaIf the Huffington Post is starting to go after higher education i am assuming there must be a big problem. I agree with most of what this lady says. She is very right when it comes to the core problem, the standardized testing. (Although personnally i would love to see all education left up to parents. But that is a discussion for another day.) This article is definitely worth checking out. Particularly the conclusions she draws for solutions.. why most college degrees…

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Now you too can go to London or Germany

bigbenThere’s a whole world out there and it’s all at your fingertips. Through the magic of the Internet you can travel just about anywhere, without ever even leaving your chair. I told stories to my kids about the country where I grew up, the Netherlands. Stories about frost giants, Sweden. We read the Bible, Israel. Books are wonderful ways to travel to places. Now as much as I would love for my kids to go to these places personally and see them first hand, it’s a little bit expensive. Besides they are really young so they probably won’t appreciate it very much. So I have a really good alternative: Enter Google Earth and its street view.

castle2My kids wanted to see what Jerusalem looks like, so I got on Google Earth and we looked up Jerusalem and went there. Now I’m assuming that my kids literally thought that this place was dusty and old. It would look the way that it would’ve looked when Jesus was there, about 2000 years ago. However modern-day Israel has skyscrapers and advertisements and people wearing modern clothes. This kind of shocked them. However it is amazing that we can show what this country and city look like. I’ve also done the same thing for the Netherlands, to show them where I grew up. I’ve also been able to show them castles, because there is a walk-through of quite a number of castles in Germany, England and other cities.bridge

So while I know that this is not exactly the same thing as going there, it is a very cheap and very fun way of showing your children what other countries are like. You can go see things that you are probably never going to see in your own life. So if you ever have an after where you really don’t have a lot going on, I definitely recommend visiting one of the castles that is in Germany or London or any other location in the world. Trust me it is amazing.

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photo credit: <a href=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/12534523@N04/14246881844″>Big Ben Clock Tower – London Sunset</a> via <a href=”http://photopin.com”>photopin</a> <a href=”https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/”>(license)</a>

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The follow up is what counts

Father_and_Son_Toronto_May_2012Your oldest one is running around. Your second child throws something across the room. The third child is crying because they just got hit in the head with whatever was thrown by the second child. You look around the room you literally have no idea where to start. Do you go for the first one the second child or the third child. You can stop each one and talk to them individually and attempt to make a corrective action, the primary key in all of this is consistency. Regardless of whatever you do, the same actions have to be done again and again and again.

One of the toughest things that I dealt with as a parent was being consistent. Letting things slide letting things go or looking the other way led to a moment where the kids think they can get away with just what anything. This is a situation that has to be afforded at all costs. Children do have to understand that there are rules and their consequences for their actions. Just as much as a human grown up steal something from a store just because they can get away with it doesn’t mean that there should be any consequences for the. Grown-ups understand there’s consequences for actions. While children may not be as sophisticated as adults and may not necessarily always understand this. It is very important to remind them that there are consequences and especially if they do the same thing again and again. There needs to be follow up with this.

Consistency for me has meant that I would either talk to my kids or punish them in some way according to the action. I’ve kept this up for several months and I have been very consistent with it and eventually the children realize that yeah they could do this, but their would be actions against held against them. This would keep coming and keep coming keep coming. Eventually they understood that as long as they were doing bad there would be consequences for their actions, we’ve now come to the place where my kids understand this and they obey and don’t try to even tempt me. It has led to a much more peaceful house in a much more peaceful environment. So for people who struggle with their kids causing issues and being naughty this is what has very much work for me and has led me to being much happier with my children.

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