Monday, May 28, 2012

Modern Family - Homeschooling Funny

This clip happened earlier this season. Since this is our first year homeschooling, I laughed SO hard...

Friday, May 4, 2012

An Excellent Education Is Possible, Just Not In American Schools

Japanese students can learn to do complex calculations quickly without the need for paper or calculators. American students in contrast are flying kites and trying to feel good about themselves. Can we fix American schools?

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Drinking and Driving, Tools Available

Last year at one of our church functions, there were state troopers there. At first I wondered how rowdy they thought this Baptist crowd was going to get, but it became quickly obvious they were there for "sport". The kids got to see inside the car, how things worked, and they had these goggles. The goggles, when you put them on, disoriented your vision as if you had been drinking. It gave you the feeling of what it was like to try and walk, drunk, without being intoxicated.

In Jackson County, a twitter friend of mine had the opportunity to try the goggles out, and he filmed himself trying to "walk the line". I remember when I tried to- it wasn't any more successful than his walk!

At the end of the video you can learn about more resources available to bring awareness about drinking and driving in North Carolina.

Monday, April 30, 2012

Education Is Not In The Constitution

The Federal role in school:

  • addressing the strings attached by the federal government when states take education money.
  • Should the federal government's primary role be to help fund "expensive" students, such as the disabled, and the state governments cover the costs of the rest?
  • Federal Department of Education accounts for $68B of our $3.5T budget (2%)- does that sounds like education is a priority? 

Friday, April 13, 2012

US Map Description- who are you?

How did they get fashion bloggers for North Carolina? Hmmmm ....

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Man faces five years for ‘God does not exist’ Facebook post

"Dharmasraya Police Chief Sr. Comr. Chairul Aziz said the district branch of the council and other Islamic organizations believed Aan had defiled Islam by using passages from the Koran to denounce the existence of God and highlight his atheist views. “So it meets the criteria of tainting religion, in this case Islam,” Chairul told The Jakarta Globe.

On Facebook, Aan said he was brought up as a Muslim. In 2008, however, he came to the conclusion that God could not exist. In addition to his comment about the possibility of a deity, he also declared that he did not believe in angels, devils, heaven, hell, as well as other “myths.” He was aware he could lose his job and was prepared to do so to defend his beliefs.

Atheism is a violation of Indonesian law under the founding principles of the country. Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim nation, recognises the right to practice six religions in total: Islam, Protestant, Catholic, Hindu, Buddhism and Confucianism. Atheism is, however, illegal. According to Indonesian criminal law, anyone who tries to stop others believing in a faith could face up to five years in jail for blasphemy.

Aan was charged because he used Facebook to spread beliefs that violate the law. Furthermore, it was pointed out he lied on his job application by saying he was Muslim. Aan asked police investigators: if God really exists and has absolute power, why doesn’t God prevent bad things from happening in this world?"

I hereby declare today Thankful Thursday.
I am thankful for living in a country where I can be free to practice whatever religion, or lack thereof, I want.
I am thankful to have found the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ so many years ago.
I am thankful that Christ died for my sins that I may be with Him in heaven when I die.
I am thankful for the peace that comes through the ministry of the Holy Spirit, that I can accept that when bad things happen, they are a result of living in a sinful fallen world.
I am thankful that we do not live in a country that oppresses its people through the veil of religion.
I am thankful for Facebook, because with these gas prices, that's the only way we'll be able to keep in touch by the end of the summer!

Also posted at No Texting At The Table