Showing posts from 2015

The "Why" of Me

I believe that it is our responsibility to raise, educate, and develop self-sufficient young adults who can make a difference in the world in whatever field they choose. 
We are living in a changing world where technology dominates our lives.  Many people fear what that technology is doing to our children's attention spans and ability to relate to peers and leadership.  I, on the other hand, am not afraid of technology. I love technology and all the ways that it has added to our lives. 
I grew up in a very small town in southeastern Arkansas.  My graduating class consisted of about eighty-five students of which approximately 15% were African American and the rest Caucasian.  The ethnic diversity was virtually non-existent.  If your religion was anything other than Baptist or Methodist it was best just not to mention it, and if your sexual or gender identity would not one day land you in a happy, little nuclear family then you took a deep breath, tamped it down, and waited until …

Purple Freddy Perler Bead Pattern

Nicky is totally into Five Nights at Freddy's.  Actually Avalon kinda loves it too.  Which is weird for a 4 year old girl...but whatever floats her boat.

I've been totally into making things with Perler beads lately.  You know those melty beads?  I couldn't find a good pattern for Purple Freddy so I made one for him, and I don't think it's half bad.  I did the eyes in glow in the dark white. (which really looks more yellow)

It's kinda huge so you're going to need several of the interlocking square boards.

And here is the finished product!

The Great Dress Debate of 2015


Is it okay for only one third of our population to be "good citizens"?

Okay, I started this as a Facebook post and it grew too big for that.

So I read this article... 

I think that this article and maybe the whole liberal arts based core curriculum of college educations places too much emphasis on the learning of what you need to be a "good citizen" at a college level.  Only 33.5% of 25-29 year olds have at least a bachelor's degree.  So that's only 1/3 of students (if they learned and retained everything they should have haha) that have what it takes to be a "good citizen."

This stuff needs to be taught at a high school level and not just as part of the college prep.

They need to understand the basis for our government and the history behind it's creation.  No high school graduate should not be able to tell you why we have a balance of power between the three branches of federal government.  They need to be taught how to read an article and recognize if it's sources are worth listening to, and they need to fully unde…