Greeting to all and welcome new friends to the EastWing,
During the last six months we’ve heard considerable discussion concerning public education and how the current administration in Washington D.C. is going to destroy public education as we know it. That position is just a part of the unending attack on the Presidency of Donald Trump by the losers of the last national election. People determined to overturn the national election by whatever means necessary.
The current person in charge of the federal office of education has taken lots of criticism for her position on charter schools along with the position on home schooling. Much of her criticism, I surmise, is coming from much darker forces than meets the public eye. Labor unions who are more concerned in protecting their cash flow than truly educating the youth in our society can be a most intimidating force to deal with. Such union do exist in our nation.
A while back, on national TV, the president of the Chicago Teachers Union famously made the statement when asked her thoughts on the importance of educating students, said “I’ll speak for them when they pay the union dues”. In addition to being the President of the Chicago Teachers Union, that person was an active class room teacher in the Chicago School System at the time of her remarks. Her statement speaks volumes to the mindset of some labor unions at all levels of public education today. And they wonder why many kids in Chicago can’t read or write. Duh! Look in the mirror.
Now I don’t think we’ve never talked about it, but I was home schooled for several years when I was a little feller. Most of the time it was my Mama being the teacher, but sometimes my Dad also gave a few lessons from time to time.
Mama taught me to complete a job once started, “If you’re going to kill each other, do it outside. I just finished cleaning the house” she’d say. Mama taught me how to pray, “You better pray that grass will come out of your good pants” I always prayed. My Dad taught me about Time Travel, “If you don’t straighten up, I’m going to knock you into the middle of next week!” My Dad taught me basic logic, “Because I said so, that’s why!” Mama taught me advanced logic, “If you fall out of that swing and break your neck, you’re not going to the store with me this afternoon.” Mama taught me Reverse Logic, “Don’t go near the water till you learn how to swim”. I never learned to swim.
Mama taught me future planning, “Make sure you wear clean underwear, in case you’re in an accident.” My Dad taught me irony, “Keep crying and I’ll give you something to cry about.”
Mama taught me about the science of osmosis, “Shut your mouth and eat your supper.”
Mama taught me about contortionism, “Just you look at that dirt on the back of your neck!” My Mama taught me about stamina, “You’ll sit there until all that spinach is gone.”
Mama taught me about the weather, “This room of yours looks as if a tornado went through it.” Mama taught me about hypocrisy, “If I told you once, I’ve told you a million times, don’t exaggerate!”
My Dad taught me about the circle of life, “I brought you into this world, and I can take you out.
Mama taught me about behavior modification, “Stop acting like your Dad!”
Mama taught me about envy, “There are millions of less fortunate children in this world who don’t have wonderful parents like you do.” Mama taught me about anticipation, “Just wait until we get home.” Mama taught me about receiving, “You’re going to get it from your Dad when you get home!” Mama taught me medical science, “If you don’t stop crossing your eyes, they are going to get stuck that way.” Mama taught me about ESP, “Put your sweater on; don’t you think I know when you are cold?” My Dad taught me humor, “When that lawn mower cuts off your toes, don’t come running to me.” Mama taught me how to become an adult, “If you don’t eat your vegetables, you’ll never grow up.” Mama taught me genetics, “You’re just like your Dad.” My Mama taught me about my ancestry “Shut that door behind you. Do you think you were born in a barn?” My Mama taught me wisdom “When you get to be my age, you’ll understand. My Dad taught me about justice “One day you’ll have kids, and I hope they turn out just like you!”
Yep, that home schooling and what I learned at the Tip Top Elementary School Corporation served me well in life. It was there at Tip Top I learned to wait my turn. Stand in line. Raise my hand if I had something to say, or had to go pee. To share what I had with others, even others I didn’t like if they had need. It was there I learned the difference between want and need. At
Tip Top I learned to love life with what you have, not what you want. Then learned to work for what you want.
All of my other schooling was kinda filling in the years and filling up my head, until that day I walked onto the Campus of The Ohio State University. It felt like “Welcome Home”. It was kinda like the Tip Top Elementary School Corporation only bigger. I wanted to stay forever there, but I didn’t. ‘Cause I had other things to do and stories to tell.
From The EastWing, Home Schooling, Tip Top & Buck Eyes
I Wish You Well,