21 April 2014

Learning how to Live: Upcoming Series!

Well, I kept saying that I was going to write a series on becoming a CM teacher, and when I said it, I meant it. I spent a lot of Holy Week sitting in the sun, perfecting my tan {!}, and reading The Story of Charlotte Mason by Essex Cholmondeley.

My first post on this subject was actually a few weeks ago when I wrote my original Learning how to Live. {If you haven't read it, click on over and do so!} At that time, I was specifically thinking about the Mother's Education Course. I still think the MEC gives us a lot of insight into what Charlotte Mason thought was a priority when it came to the education of homeschooling moms.

But walking through the pages of Miss Mason's biography has opened an entire world to me. For this series, I want to look at how Miss Mason continued her own education, how she trained her teachers, how they continued their own education, in addition to the MEC. Once we look at all of that, I think we'll be ready to consider how we can best self-educate in the context of our modern lives with all its attendant pressures and expectations.

Interspersed with all of this, I hope to feature some guests posts, where real homeschool moms explain how they go about continuing their education in the midst of life's daily grind.

I'm going to plan this series for Mondays, most Mondays, for the coming weeks. Below is the series index for easy navigation. I'll be adding to it as the weeks go by.

Learning how to Live Series Index:

  • Learning how to Live {original post}
  • Learning how to Live: Upcoming Series! ← you are here
  • The Self-Education of Miss Charlotte Mason ← coming soon!

20 April 2014

Stupendous Selections on Sunday

  • Interesting. I'm still thinking about this.
    • how to raise our daughters so that they don’t fall prey to the manipulations of that kind of man – because those kind of men are found the world over
    • Submission always has a backbone – and that backbone is the Word of God. Every human authority requiring our submission should be examined in the light of that. Do I owe this person my submission?
    • It’s not at all surprising that men who get infatuated with the idea of male headship frequently don’t think that women need much of an education.
    • want my girls to be intimidating to the wrong kind of guy.
    • I want them to see right through the sorry pleas to be let into the cool group by women like Rachel Held Evans.
    • I want my girls to know that if they ever needed help they could turn straight to me.
    • she who is faithful to listen to her daughters in all the trivial things is showing that she will be faithful to listen to them in the big things
  • So this is all a war tactic? Read on! {HT: Phyllis in Ukraine}
    • The Russian government has been playing up the (real but small) role of fascists and neo-Nazis in the victory of the EuroMaidan in Kiev.
    • So, in conclusion: the Jews of Donetsk and eastern Ukraine may have been asked by a leaflet to register, but it has not been enforced nor are any Ukrainian Jews registering themselves.
  • How many Americans does it take to sustain the benefit-receiving population? How many days a year does my husband work  -- do I work -- in order to provide food for another man's family? How many does yours -- do you? And at what point can we just not afford it anymore?
    • 86,429,000.

      That is the number of Americans who in 2012 got up every morning and went to work — in the private sector — and did it week after week after week.
    • Those 108,592,000 outnumbered the 86,429,000 full-time private-sector workers who inhabited the United States in 2012 by almost 1.3 to 1.
    • How much more can the 86,429,000 endure?
    • Eventually, there will be too few carrying too many
  • This is an old post on an old-looking blog, but don't be fooled. This is the blog of Dr. Stephanie Seneff from MIT. Sun exposure, autism and more? It's long, so brew yourself a cup of whatever you brew yourself a cup of, and read it. A couple thoughts I have after reading this, if you have sensitive {such as SPD}, autism spectrum, or ADHD children: Are they getting enough sun? You cannot make vitamin D year round -- the sun has to be higher than 40 degrees in the sky. But when it IS that high, are they outside getting exposed? Also: are they getting enough healthy fats? Butter, coconut oil, avocado, tallow, etc. Thin myelin = sensitive. This is, I think, at least one part of the problem. I doubt it is this simple, but I think it's a factor.
    • I have now formed a mental profile of the prototypical mother of an autistic child: she would be a woman who is extremely conscientious about avoiding foods that are high in fat content, she would be very vigilant to protect herself from the harmful rays of the sun whenever she ventures outside, and she would be very careful to stay pencil thin and to keep herself physically fit. In short, to most Americans, she would be the epitomy of good health.
    • The onset of menstruation will not occur until the body fat content rises above 17%.
    • Women who said they ate low-fat diary (e.g., skim milk and low-fat yogurt) increased their risk of infertility by 85%, whereas women who consistently ate high-fat dairy (whole milk and ice cream) decreased their risk by 27% [2].
    • 55% of the calories in breast milk are from fat. It would also be loaded with vitamin D if the mother had not aggressively protected herself from the "damaging" rays of the sun.
    • Vitamin D is also familiar as the "sunshine" vitamin: most people remember the story about 19th Century Great Britain and the rickets epidemic, brilliantly solved by the realization that rickets is a consequence of vitamin D deficiency, a problem which can easily be solved by getting out in the sun.
    • One thing most people may not realize is that vitamin D and cholesterol are chemically almost indistinguishable.
    • If you're wearing a sunscreen with an SPF level of 8 or greater, then you're pretty much guaranteeing that you won't generate any vitamin D.
    • Women should worry only about low cholesterol, never about high cholesterol.
    • Asperger's children often test to have IQ's that are above average, but they lack intuitive social skills and come off as odd and awkward in social settings.
    • A decisive study showed that externally supplied cholesterol could substitute for this glial substance to produce highly efficient functioning synapses. Furthermore, if cholesterol was removed from the glial secretion, it lost its ability to stimulate synapse growth.
    • He also suspects that ADHD could be caused by a disruption of brain growth during early childhood.
    • the myelin sheath, which insulates all the nerve fibers in the nervous system, is made entirely from fat
    • Autism has also been shown to correlate with a brain developmental defect that is manifested as an over-emphasis on local as opposed to distant communications in the brain.
    • Milk provides at least three critical nutrients to the newborn: fat, vitamin D, and calcium.
    • Gestational diabetes is a poorly understood phenomenon where a woman who had shown no signs of diabetes in the past suddenly starts passing sugar in the urine while she is pregnant. It seems to me that a possible explanation can be found if we make the simple assumption that the mother's body is trying desperately to maintain an adequate supply of fat for the embryo.
    • But also, in my view, this excess fat at birth is a clear clue as to why gestational diabetes is useful to the fetus: gestational diabetes is invoked as a mechanism to help the fetus survive in the face of a severe shortage of fat supply from the mother. The child is likely to face a continued shortage of fat supply from the mother's milk after it's born. The same mother who had an insufficient amount of fat in her diet during pregnancy will likely continue to do so after the birth.
    • being a twin is a risk factor for autism.

      This statistic narrows down the possibilities enormously, and strongly suggests a role for the shared environment of the twins.
  • Cities just don't understand...
    • While rural America literally sustains life for urban America, many urbanites dislike large-scale farming (this parody is worth seeing), would like to see the rest of the country essentially transformed into a nature preserve, and argue that to the extent land is “used,” it should be used for selectively-defined “renewable” purposes, like solar energy or wind farms.
    • The result — when urban regions become dominant — has been amply chronicled by Victor Davis Hanson and many others: rural regions increasingly serve urban ones and do so under comprehensive urban regulatory schemes that disrupt lives, destroy livelihoods, and lead to widespread frustration and despair.
      And all of it is legal.
    • But until there’s a long-term solution, we may very well see more Bundy Ranch moments, where individual Americans (and their allies) simply refuse to consent to laws that destroy their way of life for the sake of regulations that provide no perceivable benefit to others.
  • This post on CM science notebooking is a great example of why you should read Jeanne's blog, if you don't already.
    • Science note booking takes a long time, and reduces the number of pages of science pages that can be covered in a term.  When you add to that the requirement to perform experiments wherever possible, the low page count that we see in Mason science programmes makes more sense.
    • Mack said that he has received intelligence from multiple, credible sources inside the BLM and the Las Vegas Metro that there is “no question” that the federal government is planning a raid on the Bundy home and the homes of their children who live on the property.
    • the so-called retreat was nothing more than theatrics
    • “I would’ve gone next. I would’ve been the next one to be killed. I’m not afraid to die here. I’m willing to die here,” said Mack.
    • Mack said that he had been told by Bundy that the federal government is actively shutting down the ranching industry, specifically in Clark County. He also revealed that there used to be 53 ranches in Clark County. All of those ranchers have been put out of business, except for Bundy who is still trying to hold on. “Every American should be outraged by it,”  said Mack. The ranch has been in Bundy’s family since 1877.
  • Were you paying attention to the Bundy Federal land grab? You need to. The Feds have been gobbling up land all over the country for years. Sometimes they de facto gobble it through environmental laws. So I repeat: pay attention.
    • The real story was that the BLM refused to give back the cattle, and would not leave the property or disarm, to which they had agreed. The result was an epic standoff that reporter David Knight described as being like “something out of a movie.”

14 April 2014

Reminder: Closed for Holy Week

13 April 2014

Stupendous Selections on Sunday

  • Because of Yellowberry, padded pushup bras aren't the only options for young girls. So exciting!
    • “I couldn’t believe the bras that she was supposed to buy,” she added. “The choices for her, and for all girls her age, were simply appalling to me. They were all padded, push-up and sexual. Not only that, they did not fit her body properly, which automatically made me wonder ‘Where were the young, cute and realistic bras for girls?’ There were none!”

      That ‘Eureka!’ moment was the spark that created Yellowberry — and may have ripple effects throughout the teen lingerie world, which has been the target of significant consumer activism in recent years.
  • A bad temper, but possibly a good sense of humor! I love Caravaggio, so this was fun...
    • It shows a man, thought to be Caravaggio at the age of 25, with dark curly   hair, peeping out from the inside of the carafe.
    • Experts were able to "see" through the painting with a technique   called reflectography, which uses infrared technology to penetrate paint   layers of different thicknesses, making the upper layers appear transparent.
  • This is a great newsletter to subscribe to, if you don't already. I appreciated the section on the Blood Moon since there is a lot of superstition surrounding those.
    • I've been involved in astronomy education and promotion for over two decades, and it can be annoying when rookies with little knowledge or experience with astronomy jump in on the subject.
    • So many Christians get blown around "by every wind of doctrine" and jump on the latest bandwagon.
    • As for me an my house, I prefer to not get caught up in the latest End Times fads, which always seem to come and go.
    • So it's really not very unusual to have a lunar eclipse at either Passover or Sukkoth, or even at both.  It's simply a natural convergence of two lunar cycles.
  • Yet another wonderful list of resources if you are thinking about memory work.
  • I hope you all have been following this entire series. It has been oh so good. This one is one of my favorites.
    • Bring your loaves and your fish, even if you think them completely insufficient. They are insufficient. 
      You are insufficient. But His grace is not.