Monthly Archives: October 2017

2 Indian Christian Women Arrested, Slammed With False Charges of Forced Conversions

https://www.christianpost.com/news/2-indian-christian-women-arrested-slammed-with-false-charges-of-forced-conversions-204814/

The women were arrested after the Hindu activist group Hindu Jagran Manch complained to police about children being taken to Mumbai by train.

The activist organization reportedly accused the women of trying to take the kids to be forcibly converted. Along with being charged with violating the state’s anti-conversion law, the women were also charged with kidnapping.

Kunwarlal Warkade, a local police official, told ucanews.com that the two women were charged with kidnapping four girls and six boys under the age of 14. Warkade also stated that it has been alleged that the women lured the children with the promise of education and toys.

These children have parents or guardians who would have sufgned permission slips for the women to take the children anywhere.

Without permission slips, this is kidnapping. Period.

Promising education and toys to children so longcasvthey say they’re Christian? Done. That’s a coerced/bribed conversion.

Ignorance is no excuse for this sort of thing.

Trump’s Ban on Transgender Troops Blocked by Federal Judge Who Questions His Facts

https://www.christianpost.com/news/trump-ban-transgender-troops-blocked-federal-judge-204918/

Wevhad a male customer use the restroom specifically designated as the women’s room today. It’s a single seater, but he left the toilet seat up.

Guess what?

I put the seat down and went about my business. I’m reasonably certain he didn’t hide a camera in the air vent.

#notafraidtosharethebathroom.

A Week Without Trump

I just came up with the ULTIMATE April Fool’s Day prank from America to Donald Trump!

Since Trump loves being the center of attention, wouldn’t it  really piss him off if the media refrained from using his name and photo/video for the week leading up to April Fool’s Day. Feel free to use the generic “the president” as necesary. By March 28th, he’ll probably be sweating bullets wondering what happened.

But, here’s the best part: on April 2nd, everything goes back to normal and nobody tells Trump what happened.

When the President acts like a middle schooler, you treat gum like a middle schooler.

So spread the word folks! Let’s do this!

If nothing else, it will give us all a much needed break.

John Kelly calls Robert E. Lee an ‘honorable man’ and says ‘lack of compromise’ caused the Civil War – The Washington Post

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2017/10/31/john-kelly-calls-robert-e-lee-an-honorable-man-and-says-lack-of-compromise-caused-the-civil-war/?utm_term=.1c65c92b487c

“Lack of compromise”… Hmm.

The country elected a Republican, a party recently established with abolitionist roots. Shortly after Lincoln’s election (by December) South Carolina seceded the Union and joined the newly established Confederacy (in February) since other Southern states had followed S. Carolina’s lead. VA didn’t secede until April, with ladies fainting in Portsmouth as they were certain Fort Monroe would turn it’s guns against them.

So, “lack of compromise”? Yep! S. Carolina and the rest of the southern states that seceded didn’t even give Lincoln a chance to limit the expansion of slavery (which was the actual bullet point of the Republican Party Platform).

After the states started seceding, what was the Union supposed to do? Let it happen?!?!

Actually, based on my own research for my bachelor’s thesis in history (I believe it still exists as a “note/blog post” on my Facebook page), what was passed in Congress during the Civil War WERE the compromises. While most citizens were hearing the most extremist views, the bills actually being signed by Lincoln were very moderate.

Take the Emancipation Proclamation, famous for not actually freeing anyone! It only freed slaves in states that were actively rebelling (so it couldn’t be enforced), not slaves still in the Union.

For a modern perspective, take Obamacare, which still guaranteed health insurance companies their profits in order to make the program work (that was the compromise). Every problem associated with Obamacare can be directly related to the promise that insurance companies get their profit as opposed to just breaking even or mandating that they reinvest any profits back into the system to lower costs.

To look at 2017, Trump keeps running his mouth about all the “great stuff” he’s going to do (would LOVE to have a more specific list to offer as example, but Trump refuses to be less vague), but Congress keeps thwarting him. It may not be a huge part of Congress that is keeping “his agenda” (actually, it’s those members of Congress willing to write and stump for their legislation’s agenda) from passing, but it is enough to ensure that the bills that land on Trump’s desk don’t do too much harm. Of course, there are his Executive Orders to contend with, but the Courts seem to be doing a pretty good job declaring them unconstitutional.

It wasn’t until 1892 that the Pledge of Allegiance was adopted, but it has “indivisible” as an important clause. For perspective, “the United States of America” wasn’t added until 1923 and “under God” wasn’t added until 1954.

The government of Spain is currently facing the same dilemma as the Lincoln Administration: whether to let Catalonia go or force it to stay. Despite my deep abhorrence of the nature of the Confederacy and conviction that it does NOT deserve reverence because it existed for the sole purpose of perpetuating slavery, truthfully, I believe that secession should have been allowed. I think that the Confederacy would have suffered severely economically IF the US had placed a trade embargo on it as deeply as we have done for other countries, if the Union was so against slavery as Southerners continue to teach. However, this extreme option would have probably hit the pocketbooks of Unionists hard, too.

Slave labor still exists, perpetuated by the need for cheap goods. I suspect that despite extremist rhetoric in 1860, if the Confederacy had been allowed to secede, slavery would have continued there until….ERM…huh. It took 100 years after the formal end of slavery for the country to come together and more or less decide that people should be treated equally despite the color of their skin. We’re still working on that in practice. On it’s own, without outside intervention, the South would probably still own slaves.

So, let me clarify one thing from earlier: I said that I support secession. This is true! BUT I DO NOT SUPPORT SLAVERY! A war was necessary, I agree! But the war that should have been fought was to end slavery, NOT to preserve the Union. Despite modern interpretation of the “War of Northern Aggression”, ending slavery was not at the top of the agenda, which is horrible! 

Everything about Reconstruction was about making secessionists feel welcome again. There were no jail sentences. There were no fines. Property was not seized. Well, slaves were officially freed, given citizenship, and the right to vote, so I guess some property was “seized”, but Southern plantation owners seemed more than capable of coming out on top of a sharecropping contract until the Agrarian Model was completely overthrown by Industrialization. Jim Crow very capably kept “colored folks” in their place. For awhile at least.

Lee claimed that he was against slavery, but believed that it should be allowed to run it’s own course, even if that meant another 1000 years. Considering that the slave trade still exists it would seem that there are a lot of people who still think that slavery is a “necessary evil” (and please do not be deluded into thinking that “modern slavery” is fundamentally different from 1850s slavery, it’s not (though 1850s slavery WAS different from it’s predecessors)). Vulnerable people are taken and held captive, abused, while the owner tries to convince the captive that they are better off in captivity than free (Stockholm Syndrome) while the rest of the world turns a blind eye, or otherwise thinks it’s okay (“at least they have a job and get paid $1/day; who cares about working conditions”).

DemandBridge Offers Great Advice

The print shop I work at has a warehouse that we use to store and ship some of our customer’s stock (so that they can order bigger quantities to save money per piece and not have to worry about suddenly running out if they mind the reorder memos). We use DemandBridge to write up all the orders, keep track of the inventory, and generate invoices (and it probably does a lot more stuff too).

Every time DB opens up, the “intro screen” has some witty quote or proverb that I always take the time to read. Today’s particularly made me smile:

Some things never change.

No matter which way you turn, your butt is always behind you.

It seems to me that this is an excellent perspective from which to view the world.

Well. For those items that you really can’t change, of course. There’s a lot of stuff that people say we can’t change, but that’s just because people are lazy and/or don’t want to change. There is a difference!

But they don’t deserve a living wage? Health care?

I’m still in chapter 7 of Good: The Joy of Biblical Manhood and Womanhood.

Tony Reinke is explaining why he teaches his children to say thanks before every meal:

Besides being an extremely nostalgic vision of food production and distribution in America, it also comes across as being very self-centered (“look at how many people God influenced so that we can eat!”)

I’m pretty sure Reinke has never worked in customer service or really any job where he was responsible to actual customers. He’s also never paid any attention to any kind of reporting on the food industry in America:

  • Hubby was a long haul truck driver. He would refuse loads of groceries, especially produce because of how many regulations there are/demands by customers.
  • A few years ago, one of the major news agencies did some investigative reporting on trucks driving around with perishable groceries and their refrigeration units (reefers) turned off or to the wrong temperatures, so food was melting/getting too warm for safe consumption. Hubby said that California inspectors would tell drivers to turn off their reefers because their trucks were polluting too much 😐.
  • There is constant debate about how much room chickens need to be able to move freely.
  • Chickens are not herbivores! Yet, I’ve seen organic chicken advertised as being fed an “All Vegetatarian Diet”.
  • Food, Inc is a documentary that delves into the modern American food industry and it’s toll on the people employed by it.
  • The poultry industry is lobbying heavily right now to get the FDA to let them increase the speed that workers process a chicken at, despite risks to employees, animals, and consumers (do you want the mechanical eviserator flinging feces all over your chicken legs, thighs, breasts?). EWW!!
  • And finally (though there is so much more!here are some stories from the hell that is customer service/retail.

    This tiny section of the book goes a long way to explain why Conservatives don’t think workers deserve a living wage and health care benefits! They’re completely oblivious about the real world! 

    {Well, I kinda already knew that!}

    Obedience and Disobedience

    I’m back to reading Good: The Joy of Christian Manhood and Womanhood. This sentence from Chapter 7: Everyday Forward, brought me to a screeching halt:

    Disobedience brings negative consequences; obedience brings positive consequences.

    Now, I realize that this is coming from a dad who means it quite innocently in the way of “there’s a good reason why a child should STOP on a dime and not run out into the street.”

    But, we literally just had a chapter on how and why women are supposed to submit to their husbands and earlier in this chapter, this same dad “explained that civil authorities (like presidents) are God-given blessings for our flourishing.”

    [I wonder how much tongue biting went with saying/writing this about Obama.]

    The chapter on submission implies that wives aren’t supposed to blindly to bad husbands, but since I hat advice is immediately followed by:

    “Ultimately, Christ is a wife’s final authority….As a wife follows her calling to submit in marriage, she is ultimately submitting to Christ”

    Paired with NO ADVICE on how a woman is supposed to deal with an abusive husband (i.e. divorce his ass!) and Lori Alexander’s disgusting article about how women are supposed to submit without any expectation that their husband will reform himself (or as I think of it, the most blatant propaganda to keep women in abusive relationships), it appears that “not blindly submitting” really means that women know and accept that they are being treated like dirt.

    {If you feel you are being abused and need help, please call the Domestic Violence Hotline:  +18007997233 or visit http://www.thehotline.org}

    Is it no wonder I got concerned when a dad wants to teach his children that obedience (always and only) leads to positive effects and disobedience (always and only) leads to negative effects?

    The world is not black and white and children are NEVER too young to learn that sometimes disobedience is the correct choice!

    • Being abused by a person (especially when the person is in an obvious position of power).
    • The Holocaust HAPPENED! Other Genecides are happening today!
    • Jesus Camp has a scene where a 10 year old boy says that Galileo should have submitted to the Church’s teaching on the Sun orbiting the Earth. Because apparently scientific discovery is disobedience.

    Children  should be taught right from wrong and why they shouldn’t do certain things for their own safety. But teaching children to “do what I said because I said so” doesn’t teach children real life skills except how to please people.

    When Theory Matches Reality

    Ever since I decided to become a teacher (for apparently the second time in my life, haha), I’ve paid a lot of attention to education as discussed by commentators and lawmakers.

    Since I was a middle and high school student during “No Child Left Behind” and in college when “Common Core” was adopted, I heard a lot of adults and educators complaining about both because they’re too strict and don’t let teachers make decisions.

    Now, at some point in college, I decided to consider myself a Non-Conformist. Pretty much, I do my own thing based on my own rules and am very good a “smiling and nodding” when I think other people’s ideas are bat-shit crazy.

    When I first heard about “Common Core” the thing that struck me most was that it would mean that students in (hopefully) all 50 states would be taught using the same curriculum. This, I thought, would mean that a student could transfer from one school in one state into another school in a different state without much confusion due to repetition and stuff being “skipped”. I have a cousin who moved from SC to PA (or vice versa) in 4th grade and thought that the Civil War was 2 different wars because of the completely different way it was taught in both states. I think that this is the example that shows exactly how screwed up our education system is in America. Living in Southeastern VA means that there are a lot of military kids who move around a lot and they deserve to have one solid education, not a piecemeal one based on what the individual states think is important.

    Anyway, so, I was loving Common Core and then I started hearing parents and educators complaining about the new way of teaching math. Mmmkay….

    They started showing me examples. I agree: that crap is weird!!

    But…is that a problem with the overall aspect of Common Core? Or is it an implementation problem?

    Hehehehehe.

    My education class this semester is Language Acquisition and Reading. This week we’re learning about lesson planning, which includes information on Basal Readers which has since become the educational idea of a “core reading program”. Essentially, teachers are handed a reading program that’s supposed to solve all their problems so long as they work through the program systematically with their students. The article we read this week explains why this doesn’t work (USING BASAL: From Dutiful Fidelity to Intelligent Decision Making by Peter Dezvitz and Jennifer Jones).

    Essentially the problem is that no two children or classrooms are exactly the same (duh). The Basal can offer a great place for novice teachers to start, but teachers still need to evaluate their students to determine exactly what they need individually. The Basal can’t really differentiate for students.

    Which, really, only serves to prove the point I’ve been trying to make for going on 10 years now: the school system can make all the mandates they want, but teachers are completely free to revise and plan on their own (“defying the school system’s mandates”) all they want so long as at the end of the day the student is learning exactly what they need to learn!!

    Before “No Child Left Behind” and “Common Core” Virginia had it’s Standards of Learning (SOL) tests. Every student in 3rd, 5th, 8th, and various high school classes had to pass these suckers in order to graduate and the student’s scores had great influence on teachers keeping their jobs and schools getting accreditation.

    This, of course, led to many teachers and administrators deciding that it was better to “teach the test” so that the schools kept up appearances of offering a quality education.

    I call these teachers LAZY!

    You see, even though I was in AP and dual enrollment classes in high school, I still had to take the SOL tests. Here’s the thing: as a class, we NEVER studied for the SOLs. This is because the AP and dual enrollment requirements are above and beyond what the SOLs ask and so without any special preparation, we AP kids easily aced or nearly aced the SOLs.

    I had many friends in regular classes and they were given vast workbooks meant to prepare them for the SOL tests. I read through them and was fascinated and appalled by how little in depth knowledge was required of them! That’s not right!

    Since I spent so much time with the “regular” kids, I could never understand what made me special. Sure, I had more knowledge, but that was because I was in classes that required me to go above and beyond and so the incidental facts were easily retained.

    It’s easy to remember that the Revolutionary War was fought between 1775 and 1783 when you’re writing essays in 30 minutes on “To what extent is a Revolutionary War a literal revolution where society returns to the status quo after a short period of change?”. Memorizing dates is lot easier than trying to determine if everything after a revolution is actually just like it was before the revolution (I’m convinced that it’s more like a spiral where life is similar, but with a striking difference; like, American’s don’t drink as much tea as the English).

    Anyway, since I think that students are much more competent and capable than school systems seem to give them credit for, I’ve always decided that if a teacher is complaining about too much regulation and testing by administrators, the teacher probably isn’t a very good teacher.

    Do many kids get stressed out about taking too many tests? Yes. Can students be given the skills to make these tests so easy that they’re a joke? HELL YES! If a teacher is afraid of their students doing poorly on any given test, then the teacher hasn’t taught them properly. Period.

    And any teacher who thinks that gathering meaningful data about their students and evaluating how that data should influence instruction is too much work should be fired. We did Running Records a couple weeks ago. Yes, they seemed awkward, but I just watched a YouTube video of a teacher performing one very fluidly as part of small group instruction. In other words, I see how easy performing a Running Record can be with practice and the data it provides is invaluable. To think of it as too much work undermines just how much work and care goes into teaching!

    I was reading these tips for Homeschooling and thought it was pretty horrible that in the chart for analyzing different methods of education, the amount of parental involvement was listed under the disadvantages! I mean…if parents are going to be teachers, then they should be comfortable being teachers! That means lesson planning. That means evaluations. That means actually learning the content before you attempt to teach it! I think that there’s a reason why most of the homeschooling blogs I follow don’t have much information for teaching children after they’ve become “independent readers”. Once the kid can read it seems like the parent only exists to answer specific questions that the child has (which means Google?).

    I’ve taken enough standardized tests from elementary to high school to know one thing: except for the writing example section, they’re always multiple choice tests. I highly doubt that Common Core has added short answer sections. Which means that even in the math section, with the crazy, seemingly made up techniques, the only thing that matters is that the student gets the correct answer.

    So, in a real world classroom, if the school system mandates a specific way of instruction, the teacher can teach that, plus whatever other techniques that individual students may have an easier time using. Because, here’s the thing: most of that “crazy math” is just meant to help students better grasp the concepts of numbers and how they relate to each other. It’s supposed to help students rely less on memorization and more on why math works.

    • 1/16th=0.062
    • 3/8ths=0.375
    • 5/8ths=0.625

    I hate rotely memorizing things! I don’t have the patience for drills and I find such isolated facts to be useless information. But, I’ve just listed 3 of the more obscure inches to decimal conversions that I know (skipping the obvious quarters and halves). Why do I know these? Because I work in a print shop and our line-gauges are in inches while our paper cutter is in decimals. If I’m measuring something to cut it, I have to do the conversions. We have a cheat sheet right on the wall behind the cutter, but after a few months, they started to stick. And once I have them memorized, I don’t need to look at the cheat sheet anymore. (In a classroom, a student would probably be required to carry out the long division to make the conversion).

    If a Common Core tests asks the student to do a division problem, the answer will be in numbers; it will not be asking them to show their work unless the question requires them to use a specific technique! But, that means that the teacher should have taught that technique as something to be learned, and if the student doesn’t understand the technique, other techniques should be taught in conjunction, with emphasis that learning the technique that will be asked about on the test is as important to learn as how to find the correct answer.

    Do you see what I did there? If there are 4 ways to solve a problem, then the teacher should teach all 4 ways, illustrating why each of the ways is different and giving each it’s proper name. In other words, the techniques are facts to be learned, not just what the answer to the problem is.

    If Common Core doesn’t test specific techniques and those techniques are useless once the core information has been memorized (e.g. 7×8=56), then it really doesn’t matter how kids learn to do math so long as they learn the technique that works best for them.

    See? Lazy teachers are part of the problem. It’s harder to teach 4 techniques instead of just one, so I’m sure many teachers are unwilling to add onto their already overflowing workloads, even though I’m personally convinced that it’s actually easier to teach 4 techniques instead of trying to force the wrong technique onto a specific student.

    P.S. This of course leads back to homeschooling parents who don’t want the state to oversee their child’s education. Remember what I was saying about the SOLs? If you as a homeschooling parent are teaching your child above and beyond what the minimum requirements of the state are, then you should have no fear of your child taking state mandated tests to ensure that they’re getting a basic education.

    And if you’re refusing the teach your child evolution because you’re afraid that it will hurt their relationship with God (and that is why you keep your child out of school and are afraid of state tests), you are a bad teacher. Teaching the science adequately will not alter faith since religion and science have nothing to do with each other. Science describes the what and how; religion gives reasons for the why. Science functions perfectly without getting stuck on why things work the way that they do; for science why doesn’t matter. Lying to your child about how old the Earth is because this information disagrees with your holy book only serves to disadvantage your child because you’ve most likely cut out or otherwise undermined the very foundation of scientific inquiry: The Scientific Method.

    Pro-tip: teach everything from the standpoint of the Scientific Method. Background Information/Observation, Hypothesis, Design and Conduct the Experiment, Evaluate the Data, Draw a Conclusion. Repeat steps as needed. Seriously, it works for every subject (or so say’s this history and environmental science major :-))!

    Christian Post: 3 Reasons School Choice Should Matter to Christians–a Rebuttal

    This is a response to this article from Christian Post

    https://www.christianpost.com/news/3-reasons-school-choice-should-matter-to-christians-204310/

    Their reason #1 is that “Choice matters because parents are best equipped to care for their children”. Let me remind you that this was in the papers this week:

    Mom Who Beat Daughter for Not Reciting Bible Verses Correctly Sent to Prison

    Yes, I made sure to link to the story as told by Christian Post. You’d think that the best argument in favor of at least a wee bit of governmental oversight over the raising of children would be a case of a mom abusing their child, in this case for not reciting Bible verses correctly.

    But, it get’s worse: “When parents can’t afford to live in a strong school district, or don’t have the means to private school or homeschool, freedom to educate their children as they see best is restricted.” At the surface, I agree 100%. But let’s dig a little deeper:

    • If a parent can’t afford to move or send the child to a private school, what are the odds that they can afford to drive their child to a better school? Are there any better schools within reasonable driving distance? Does a school choice voucher include a stipend for this transportation?
    • Does the better school have enough seats for all the students who want to go there? Does a school choice law include funding for expanding the buildings of popular schools?
    • Assuming that there is no transportation or space issues, what happens to the bad school once all the students of parents who care about school choice leave (meaning, there’s now a school full of students of parents who don’t care about their children’s education).

    The real costs of school choice is reflected in the above bullet points. It’s not just about letting parents pick their favorite schools, it’s about ensuring that students can get into those schools.

    Public schools are divided into districts for two simple reasons: transportation and space. Students who live near a school are the easiest to transport via buses and district size can be dictated by the number of seats available in the school.

    My dad has 7 brothers and sisters (all born within 10 years). When the family (Navy) moved to Norfolk for the second (and final) time, my grandparents were not impressed by their district’s public schools, so they enrolled all the kids into one of the local Catholic schools. They got either discounts or scholarships or some other way of paying for this private school that they wouldn’t have otherwise been able to afford. But that “free” education came with a cost: my dad and his siblings had to ride the second bus. Despite going to their neighborhood on both trips, my dad and his siblings had to stay at the school an hour or so longer every day because the paying students got preferential treatment for the bus. 

    I’m not saying that this is still true at private schools (I’m the product of public school), but if no additional funding goes towards transportation, what will happen with the students who use a voucher to afford to attend a school? Will they also be treated like second class citizens?

    #2: Choice matters because every child is unique.

    Well, I’m in school right now to become an elementary school teacher. My education class for the semester is Language Acquisition and Reading.

    Every chapter of our main textbook includes a section on English Language Learners and emphasis is placed on how these students learn best when their native language is respected.

    Our secondary textbook, which teaches teachers about phonics, has 10 recommendations “intended to provide a beginning point for the application of reading diagnosis as it applies to phonics instruction within the multilingual classroom.” (Self-Paced Phonics, 5th edition by Roger S. Dow). Most of the recommendations are items I consider common sense for educating ALL children: “Know the cultures of the children in your classroom”, “Use a wide range of teaching approaches and strategies”, “Use meaningful reading material”, “Model and teach tolerance”, “Adopt and value dialogue as a teaching style”, “Be open to Change”, “Be reflective”.

    Now, I realize that the fact that these items are needed in an textbook for educators hints that these aren’t values that have been ingrained in the career called Education (meaning that teachers of yester-year didn’t and don’t think that the above items are important in their classroom). So, school choice is a rebellion from a culture of bad teachers. But, here’s the thing: teachers and administrators retire. Young people, such as myself, are comfortable with multiculturalism and globalism. We’re obviously being taught by folks who think that students deserve to be respected and involved in their education rather than being trained to remember rote facts.

    I’m learning tons about what Common Core actually is. Yeah, it sure is different from my parent’s education. Students are now expected to think deeply about the content! The mantra is “College and Career Ready”. Are there still teachers who think that it’s best to teach the test? Yes. Will they be weeded out? Yes, but it will take time.

    That’s why it’s important to keep parents who are involved in their children’s education IN public schools! Who else is going to blow the whistle on bad practices? Bad teachers?? It took the random placement of my AP class (we 20 kids were the only ones placed into most of the AP classes in my high school) in to the AP Psychology class that was usually reserved for letting regular/honors kids into an AP class without risking bad grades, to get rid of a crappy teacher. I don’t know if he was fired from the school, but he was not allowed to teach AP Psychology the next year. We also had to teach the newly minted AP English Literature teacher how to proctor AP tests and gave her tips on how else to teach an AP class. The only reason we could teach the teachers was because we’d already had, gosh, 3 or 4 well run AP classes. Why these teachers hadn’t been properly trained or monitored is beyond me!

    #3 School Choice Empowers the Underprivileged

    Ooh! Way to make it look like y’all care!

    Except that this is a rehashment of the arguments of #1: Economic status should not influence where a student goes to school (except when it comes the actual logistics of attending that school).

    I believe I’ve heard that most students don’t live in an area where another school exists within 30 miles? This article from the News Observer in North Carolina says that there aren’t any charter schools within 40 of their 100 counties. Assuming that some of those 40 also don’t have a private school, it’s entirely possible that there are counties with just public school options.

    I started thinking about public school districts in Southeastern Virginia, where I live.

    Southampton County has 4 elementary schools, 1 middle school, and 1 high school.

    Isle of Wight County has 5 elementary schools, 2 middle schools, and 2 high schools.

    Accomack County has 5 elementary schools, 2 middle schools, and 4 high schools (though 1 of the high schools is on Tangier Island and teaches K-12 with a 7 person graduating class “last year” according to their website).

    There’s 16 miles between the high schools in Isle of Wight. 21 miles between two of the high schools in Accomack. That’s not including the driving distance if you live at either end of these two long and narrow counties. That’s a long drive!

    The Christian Post article ends with a plea for people to participate in their local school board elections.

    Sigh.

    First of all, I don’t think it’s entirely proper for people to be voting in school board elections when their children don’t attend a particular school. So, this author needs to make up his mind: do people take their children out of public schools or do they vote in school board elections? Public school boards aren’t going to be the ones lobbying for more charter schools and private school vouchers since both of these agendas take money and students out of public schools. If the author favors school choice, he shouldn’t be asking parents to vote in school board elections, but to vote in all state elections for legislators willing to fund charter schools and vouchers.

    Yes, more parents need to get involved with the decisions that the school boards make! Parents should also be involved in the PTA and should join field trips as chaperones often. Parents should be advocates not only for their own children, but for ALL the children of a particular school, district, state, etc!

    When Cows and Kids Collide: ATI Wisdom Booklets: Bright and Shining Countenance

    http://whencowsandkidscollide.blogspot.com/2017/10/ati-wisdom-booklets-bright-and-shining.html

    This is what passes for education in the Duggar and Bates households. This stuff is taught with the same seriousness as misinformation about how stress harms bone structure.