Professional Educators say “Trauma is good for kids!”

That’s what their actions say, any­way. Some El Camino High stu­dents in Ocean­side received the shock of a life­time. School admin­is­tra­tors and offi­cers claimed some of their class­mates died in a drunk dri­ving acci­dent, but it was all a hoax that was intend­ed to be a hard les­son. They’d bet­ter be damned glad I did­n’t […]

Vicious Teacher Leads Bullying of Disabled Child

Teacher lets kinder­garten stu­dents vote 5‑year-old “out of the class” After each class­mate was allowed to say what they did­n’t like about Bar­ton’s 5‑year-old son, Alex, his Morn­ing­side Ele­men­tary teacher Wendy Por­tillo said they were going to take a vote, Bar­ton said. By a 14 to 2 mar­gin, the stu­dents vot­ed Alex—who is in the process of […]

Katie’s Fall Report Card

We got Katie’s report card in, and she did in fact get all As! She’s well into the next semes­ter now. Because every­body else was reg­is­tered for this year last spring, the advanced physics course was full and she’s in the “nor­mal” physics course. She is crazy bored. I mean, this is seri­ous­ly the first time […]

Katie, Me and Schools

Well, we’re wait­ing for Katie’s final grades for the fall semes­ter while enjoy­ing win­ter break for both of us. We had Sam home for the first half of our breaks with us, but unfor­tu­nate­ly work­ing for a school isn’t quite as lux­u­ri­ous as being a stu­dent. Katie has had most­ly As in her progress reports […]

School Update

School is going along fine. In fact, anoth­er semes­ter is almost done for me, and Katie’s almost at the end of her semes­ter, too. She’s kick­ing ass and tak­ing names. Now that she’s set­tled aca­d­e­m­i­cal­ly, she’s stretch­ing out into some extracur­ric­u­lar stuff and mak­ing more friends. We’ve man­aged to con­nect with a Girl Scout troop, […]

Homeschool to high school update

I haven’t men­tioned how Katie is doing in school in a while. While there have been some adjust­ment issues switch­ing over to “school” from home­school­ing, she’s got all As. The “life by the bell” thing has been a nui­sance, and she and one of her teach­ers just do not com­mu­ni­cate on the same wave­length, but […]

Grades for the girl

I haven’t men­tioned how Katie is doing in a while. While there have been some adjust­ment issues switch­ing over to “school” from home­school­ing, she’s got all As. The “life by the bell” thing has been a nui­sance, and she and one of her teach­ers just do not com­mu­ni­cate on the same wave­length, but she’s dealing […]

Dragon Con, Weekend Planning, and Back to School

I won’t be going to Drag­on Con unless a tick­et (or pass—hey, I’m will­ing to do pan­els, ya know) falls out of the air. Sam will be run­ning games and the girl will be work­ing the con, so they both got pass­es. :-)  I’d hap­pi­ly meet out-of-town­ers for lunch or some­thing, though. Jean­nie, are you still […]

In Transition

Katie is going to high school in a few weeks, as a tenth grad­er. The school is much larg­er than the one she attend­ed last fall—approximately the same pop­u­la­tion as my own alma mater when I was there. I, at least, will con­tin­ue to write here, as I’ve been inter­est­ed in home­school­ing and edu­ca­tion much longer […]

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