August 20, 2017

Which Education System is Best?

For the past 10 years I have ventured in and out of the various education systems: home schooling, online schooling, private schooling and most recently public schooling.

In naivety, I sought an “ideal system” of education for my now 12-year-old son; the cons of one system driving me towards the pros of another.

I’ve come to the conclusion that there is no single faultless and flawless education system. The strengths of one system cannot always be brought into the mix and fold of another system’s organizational structure.

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Creativity Takes Time

Creativity Takes Time. Watch this video to show how adult clients were convinced by kids to give creative folks the time they needed to really come up with something worthwhile.

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Hacking Education to Give Kids Back Their Superpowers

The brilliant simplicity of this video and its inspiration should herald in the unconventional and perfectly sane Hack Schooling method.

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The Superpower of Virtual School in Our Digitally Connected World

As of 2013, the world is flat; there is no doubt about it.

We live in the globally connected “flat” world of a 21st Century digital age. Physical distance is no longer a barrier when it comes to learning. And the U.S. education system of 20th Century learning styles resembling a factory assembly line is being phased out. Good riddance!

As our brick and mortar public school system slowly crumbles, from its ashes rises the virtual school.

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Hints for Parenting a Precocious Child

I am going to confess 3 of my most unusual Parenting Techniques for helping the above average child.

I want to confess these to you so that you can seriously think twice before falling into the same parenting traps I’ve found myself attempting to crawl out of when I least expected to fall in.

Due to their seemingly mature nature, there are things you will be tempted to do for your precocious (way beyond their years) child – DON’T!

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Is Homework Dangerous to Kid’s Minds?

There is no doubt that if every child went through school filled with wide-eyed wonder for the things he or she studies, we would have a world of geniuses.

To determine whether a particular piece of homework is “beneficial” or “dangerous,” try running it through this list of questions to see how it plays out:

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Benefits of Home Schooling – The “Unschooling”

Here are four good reasons behind Home Schooling:

1. Students can acquire the passion Stanford University looks for in higher education.

“Homeschooled students. . . have consciously chosen and pursued an independent course of study. . . The distinguishing factor is intellectual vitality. These kids have it, and everything they do is responding to it.” Jonathan Reider, PhD, senior associate director of undergraduate admissions at Stanford University for 15 years; Stanford Magazine

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Brilliant New Game for Adults & Kids – Cut the Rope

Cut the Rope rivals Angry Birds, without the fanfare.

This was a mind challenge for any age I put in front of it. It required Problem Solving skills and a utilization of basic physics.

This is a great “break” between Home School classes, or for the coveted “Computer Break” you might give your school kids. It is innocent and challenging.

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Finally! Super Power of Space Exploration from Home

“Terapixel gives you the ability to take a virtual tour of the cosmos from your living room.” Dr. Brian McLean Observatory Scientist, Space Telescope Science Institute

Microsoft and NASA have teamed up to create what they say is the largest seamless, spherical map ever made of the night sky, as well as a true-color, high-resolution map of Mars that users can explore on their computers in 3D.

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Media Inspired Super Powers: Children’s Technology Review

Hello YouthMUSE Fans and Home Eductators!

I have been out for most of the summer doing Educator training and working at my new digs The Delphian School in beautiful Sheridan, Oregon.

I am back on-line and will start to send you a few new sites and ideas for inspiring your children.

My first link is to the website Children’s Technology Review.

Children’s Technology Review is a monthly PDF newsletter — modeled in the spirit of Consumer Reports — designed to summarize products and trends in children’s interactive media. There is no advertising content, in any form.

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Lesson Plan: Basic Spelling and English Terms for ESL or Beginning Readers

Understanding the very fundamentals behind speech is a step most forgotten. Yet, it is a basic building block when teaching any language to a child or adult alike.

This is the first lesson I put together for my ESL students this summer. It was a precursor to teaching spelling fundamentals. I hope you find it useful for your students or children.

This lesson utilizes creative games and word meanings that you may not have seen before…

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Educator Tool Review – The Way to Happiness Kit

About 8 months ago, I requested an Educator Kit from The Way to Happiness Foundation International for use at school.

You can’t help but support a group with this sort of Mission Statement:

The mission of The Way to Happiness Foundation International is to reverse the moral decay of society by restoring trust and honesty the world over through the publication and widespread distribution of The Way to Happiness, a common sense guide to better living.

That mission is accomplished on a grass-roots level, worldwide, by individuals who share The Way to Happiness book with others and so bring about an increase in tolerance and understanding between families, friends, groups, communities, nations and Mankind—making a safer, less violent world for all.

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The Super Power of Words, Grammar and Ideas

Grammar is the way words are organized into speech and writings so as to get across exact thoughts, ideas and meanings between people. It is really the agreements between people so that real communication is had.

Grammar is formed by common usage and forwarded to all by writers.

Words ARE NOT the thing itself; they are just substitutes for things, the concepts, or ideas of things.

Words don’t hurt you. They don’t love you. They only get you to do or think or feel something. The word “fire” is nothing to be afraid of; it won’t pop up on the page and burn you. They get you to remember things in the past that did hurt or love you.

Words and Grammar are only there to HELP you the reader and writer. They are not as important as having the ideas themselves.

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Super Powerful Educational iPad Apps for Kids

Attention Home Scholars and Home Schooler!

Attention astute Parents who subscribe to the philosophy “join them” rather than “fight them” when it comes to using technology to forge a child’s education ahead.

The iPad is not just for business and entertainment; it has fantastic educational application for your kids to grow their Super Powers.

Here is a list of a few of these iPad apps recommened by our guest blogger, Melissa Taylor.

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Free On-Line Academy for Super Power Skills

Parents, Teachers, Kids: Would you like to view over 2,200 10-12-minute digestible FREE videos designed to tutor kids and adults alike on different subjects such as K-12 math, biology, chemistry, physics and even some finance and history?

Well, you Khan!

The “Khan Academy” is a not-for-profit site with the goal of improving education and giving a FREE education to anyone, anywhere in the world.

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Book Review: Becoming a Nation of Readers, What Parents Can Do

I have found an EXCEPTIONAL book that I feel should be embedded into every Parent and Teacher Manual that every was, is, or will be.

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4 Things I Wish I’d Known BEFORE Becoming a Teacher or a Parent

I am going to give you the 4 Things I wish to God I’d known BEFORE becoming a teacher or a parent. Have mercy on your fellow teachers and parents and pass this along.

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How to Get Super Powers: Non-Traditional Schooling vs. et. al

It has become apparent to me, on a personal level, that our traditional school system and “education” are no longer synonymous. If kids cannot study and become COMPETENT in applying subjects that interest them, subjects they are passionate about, we’re setting them up for heartbreak.

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We are Authors, Everyone by Carlynn McCormick

We are authors of our speech, architects of our desires, creators of our dreams, originators of our emotions, and we are the designer of our deeds and of our misdeeds. It is that simple truth that you hold life in your hands. For each man pens his own life story. Every word he writes is up to him.

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The Super Power of Changing “Dictated” Education

Education has to align with a purpose to give pleasure and create a desire to seek it out.

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