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Showing posts with label Reasons I am Glad We Homeschool. Show all posts
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Friday, November 14, 2014

Who's? What? Where? How not to test kids

Sketch a day #23 - 1 hr. Pen and ink
So clearly our society is obsessed with the size of people's butts.  Whether, you are all about that bass- no treble, or think silicone butts are Ew- EW.  They are everywhere!  And let's not talk about Kim K West's (no I'm not linking to it) latest magazine pics. The bigger the butt the better.

Pop culture has conversations about butts locked down.  So why-oh-why does Mecklenburg County NC have questions about butt size on exams used throughout the county?  Seriously.  Ew.


Here's my problem with the question:  


"LaShamanda (Who??? Lashamanda isn't a real name.  One can only assume that they were going for a stereotypically black name.  If you google Lashamanda, you will not find it has ever been used before.  Lashanda, or Shamanda would have been more appropriate.  Instead they chose to mock black names with this made up farce) has a heterozygous big bootie, (What?  are you referring to her behind?  Big bootie is a term used primarily in ebonics- slang... Both Oxford dictionaries and Webster dictionaries defines a bootie as a shoe worn by a baby.  If they meant booty.. well that is defined as a plunder won in war.  Urban dictionary, the worse source for a dictionary defines a bootie as "a woman with an --- that is healthy and fleshy from a bit of jiggle to firm but always tasty".  Is that the definition of bootie, they want kids to embrace?  How rude!) the dominant trait. Her man Fontavius (once again- who?  First, "her man" is a phrase not used in any dictionary, but is street for her husband or boyfriend, so by saying they were married was kind of redundant.  Second,  Fontavius is another name not found anywhere on Google.  Dontavious is a real African American name though, so way to go- mocking black names again!)has a small bootie (what? the term bootie is reserved for women, even in ebonics) which is recessive. They get married and have a baby named LaPrincess. (I actually found this name online, so ...OK.  still it is rare) What is the probability that LaPrincess will inherit her mama's (Merriam Webster says the word Mama is slang for mother) big bootie?" (Saying a baby or child has a big bootie is crass and inappropriate.  Like that time a man said my baby, who was six at the time, had a gadunk-adunk -and I almost slapped him.)


The WHERE is that this was on a science test in a public school.

This is offensive in more ways that I can count. The most detrimental salacious phrases possible was used in this test question. It mocked African American names and culture. And the subject matter was inappropriate.  I will stop there. 


So when a parent complained, a teacher replied "I am sorry IF your child was offended".  Please. Bye Felicia.


Can we please stop trying to bend to the lowest common denominator and teach kids using subject matter that won't dumb them down and victimize them?  Where is the commons sense in this.  Makes me glad we homeschooled. 

Friday, September 28, 2012

Reasons I am glad we homeschool: various assaults

While having fighting skills to survive a Zombie Apocalypse or the possibility of having to participate Hunger Games is important, there are many things that kids should not have to deal with that I am glad to have been able to spare my kids from.


  1. Having schoolmates turn against you en-masse.  
  2. Having a teacher say, "she's pretty, let's see if she's smart (while pinching her).
  3. Having teachers purposely call you out of your name... just to be hateful. 
  4. Having everyone know that you the lowest or highest grade on the test.
  5. Wanting to learn while watching the teacher deal with the kid who is acting out instead. 
  6. Being mocked for not having expensive shoes
  7. Being made to feel bad for being smart, causing them to purposely dumb down
  8. Having kids call you racist nick-names like Oreo, zebra, and other black or white specific words I won't mention here. (These were just the names I was given).
  9. Being reprimanded by a teacher or administrator without them hearing you out. 
  10. Watching some other girl/boy dating your crush every.single.day. 
Yes, many of these things happened to me. So glad my kids did't have to deal with this crud... of course they can't escape the real world now, but they are emotionally ready for it. 



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Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Reasons why I am glad we homeschool: CRCT fiasco

So, yesterday, it was announced that a probe on Atlanta public schools proved that the majority of principals and administrators in Atlanta Public Schools altered test scores and otherwise cheated on the CRCT exams to make schools look good and to increase pass rates on the tests.

Story here: http://www.ajc.com/news/school-by-school-crct-1001745.html?cxntlid=brkng_nws_bnr

I don't for a minute believe that such a phenomenon is not spread across the entire state, including my area.  It makes me glad I homeschool, but sad because I know many kids who could be affected by this.

Still, they want homeschoolers to test, test, test to prove we are doing a good job.  That's not even working for the public school kids.  Perhaps testing should stop so kids can get actual instruction?

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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Reasons I am glad I homeschool: Rape



Of course there is no guarantee that my daughter will never get attacked out of school, but to be double victimized by a school that tries to hide the assault is ridiculous.
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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Reasons I am Glad we Homeschool.

I am glad we homeschool because we get to choose our kids classmates. Even with my kids taking classes outside the home, as homeschoolers we still have a bit of control over our kids classmates. Since it is a paid program, we can demand the directors take action on problem kids and/or move out kids if needed.

We don't have to deal with our kids being lumped in with students who beat teachers, which happened in a local middle school this week. Teacher speaking out about beating

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Friday, November 30, 2007

Schwarzenegger Signed What? (Reasons I am glad we homeschool)

"Mom and Dad" as well as "husband and wife" effectively have been banned from California schools under a bill signed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who with his signature also ordered public schools to allow boys to use girls restrooms and locker rooms, and vice versa, if they choose. ... Analysts have warned that schools across the nation will be impacted by the decision, since textbook publishers must cater to their largest purchaser, which often is California, and they will be unlikely to go to the expense of having a separate edition for other states.


I am seriously at a loss of words with this news story. It is quite lenghty... read it. And they say the family is not under attack!

UPDATE... This post may be the result of Christian Hysteria... read my next post.


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Reasons I am Glad We Homeschool: Sex in the Classroom

Back when I graduated in 1986, the entire school was alarmed to find that two kids had sex in the projector room at school. Now it is commonplace. Seems that kids are having sex in closets, classrooms, and wherever else they can find at school. According to a recent survey done at momlogic.com, an astounding number of kids are witnessing and participating in sex acts at school. Not only are they having sex in the classroom, but also there is an epidemic of students having public sex.


check out the mom logic story:
http://www.momlogic.com/2007/11/momvestigation.php


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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Reasons I am glad we homeschool: Redisctricting

In my Lawrenceville Blog (local blog) I wrote about the problems our area is having with the redistricting debate. Unfortunately when you have to add as many schools as our area has had to add, major redistricting is called for. Unfortunately, redistricting sucks. It is uncomfortable for children and adults alike.

Very fortunately, this is a problem we don't have to deal with. Yay!

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