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(NaturalNews) There are over 2 million home-educated children in this country, and this number is growing at 2% to 8% per year. This is not surprising, given the dismal track record of the public school system. If you have ever considered homeschooling your children (or even if you have not), here are six reasons to do it.
1. Academic excellence by homeschoolers is greater than you might think. Academically, homeschoolers far surpass publicly educated students. In one recent study, standardized test scores of homeschooled students were 37 percentile points above their public school counterparts. Previous studies showed similar results.
2. Social skill excellence by homeschoolers is greater than you might think. Most homeschooled children learn superior social skills (such as sharing, being kind, helping others, working together) at home with a parent supervising better than they would in a school setting where individual supervision is minimal. Interactions with extended family and neighborhood children, as well as extracurricular activities (like Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts), provide additional opportunities for healthy social encounters.
3. There are more resources to help than you might think. Many states and regions have an annual conference with speakers, networking and curriculum vendors to help homeschooling families. Plentiful online and local support groups and co-ops are also helpful.
4. The legal hurdles are lower than you might think. Laws vary by state, but many require little or no notification, reporting or paperwork. Even in the most highly regulated states compliance with the law is not difficult. National non-profit organizations, like the Homeschool Legal Defense Association, help members understand their rights and responsibilities as homeschooling parents.
5. The benefits to your children are greater than you might think. Your children receive your worldview, beliefs, and values, and they eat your food rather than food from a school cafeteria. You can tailor your school day to your child, whether s/he is a slow learner or gifted academically. You can provide ample individual attention.
6. It is more important than you might think. Most Natural News readers are independent thinkers and healthy skeptics, qualities which are generally discouraged by the public school system. By homeschooling your children you can teach your children to think critically, rather than teaching to the test like they do in public school. This will better equip them to navigate the social, financial, food, and energy crises, which loom in our future.
If you do not think you are capable of teaching your children, you are in good company; when starting out no one thinks they can. Taking on the task of educating your own children is an enormous responsibility. But even seasoned homeschooling parents have insecurity about their ability to teach their children. This insecurity can be converted to motivation to learn and study how to best educate your children.
Number of homeschoolers and growth rate: http://www.nheri.org/Research-Facts...
Dismal track record of public education: http://www.collegeplus.org/accelera...
Academic excellence in homeschoolers: http://www.hslda.org/docs/media/200...
Social excellence in homeschoolers: http://www.hslda.org/docs/nche/Issu...
Homeschool laws by state: http://www.hslda.org/laws/default.asp
Public school designed to destroy individual thought? http://www.tysknews.com/Depts/Educa...
How Standardized Testing Damages Education http://fairtest.org/facts/howharm.htm
Hope Egan is a biblical health writer and author of "What the Bible Says about Healthy Living Cookbook: Simple and Tasty Recipes Featuring God's Ingredients." This is the long-awaited follow up to "What the Bible Says about Healthy Living," by Dr. Rex Russell, who wrote her cookbook's foreword. Visit www.BSACookbook.com to contact her or for more information.08
Or, What I Did on My Summer Vacation!
I took to heart the energy update for August and have been really deeply listening to my body, and my paying attention to my energy field. I am much quieter and more withdrawn than usual and this has been the result of listening--a cumulative creation reflecting choices moment to moment.
This continual presence with myself has brought healing to some parts of my physical body. My hips which are typically sore--a lingering symptom of recovering still from mercury toxicity and also an old tennis injury (yes, true), are feeling limber and good. I've been guided to some changes in my body care that have resulted in new desires for food. My dog Jackson has lost some much needed weight from all our walks and his thyroid medicine reduced and all in all, I'm feeling deeply centered, peaceful and loving.
I did a lot of channeling for me this month. Further clarifying my purpose, asking and inquiring about things that were revealed to me in June and July, but needed to be fleshed out. A lot. I am allowing my new home to arrive not through planning but through the same kinds of choices that resulted in my quiet time--a series of choices moment to moment which lead me to something new.
It's mysterious and good. It feels like nothing is happening. Then everything happens fast like it floods into my experience. Then there's quiet again. I am choosing to live in harmony with the actual rhythm of life--not my watch. Not the calendar on the desk. The inner rhythm. The pulse of the Omni Verse within me.
I have given up my allegiance to any illusion of time structured outside of myself. I've taken off my watch. I'm listening to my own truth.
I'm learning, I realize, how to work with myself above and below. Within objective reality and outside of it. There are multiple versions of me weighing in here and the experience rather then being confusing is just clear and useful. I'm increasingly coming into more full alignment with and expression of me.
I aspire to be part of creating great civilizations and culture. To amplify the new paradigm into greater perceptual accessability. And to do this peacefully and with loving kindness.
I began by pledging allegiance to me.
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Monday, 20 June, 2011 (posted 26 August, 2011) Each lifetime is a healing cycle, an opportunity to re-align energies which have, through an aspect of fear, created imprints that are out of alignment with your highest energetic potential of unconditional love. The return to the material plane in each lifetime is made to re-align self and soul so that they are perfectly integrated and aligned with this energetic potential. Each person is on the alignment path, which is accomplished through healing cycles, an energetic journey of recognition, understanding, alignment and transformation.
The healing cycle involves a shift in energetic vibrations, experienced through physical vistas that demonstrate the kind of energy that is out of alignment. A choice is made each time a healing cycle is presented, to live through the healing or allow it to transform it so its imprint is changed and aligned with a higher vibration. This choice is made by the self and the soul; the self wishes to overcome, validate its experience and to conquer. The soul's desire is to create an energetic shift and release connections. When these two desires are aligned the healing cycle can continue through to completion. When they are not aligned another healing journey has begun, with the purpose of allowing alignment to occur.
Understanding comes from the soul's knowing that pain results when energy is aligned with fear. Allowing the fear to be transformed and released, without seeking to blame or judge another, aligns the self with the soul and shifts the path from healing to transformation. Can the self be satisfied with gentle, pain-free healing or is there a need to 'do' something and to create an outcome that validates the self's desire to be exalted and feel powerless within the exact situation it once felt powerless in? The self seeks validation in each experience; the soul understands that all experiences are mirrors of one healing purpose and that to heal one is to heal all.
When soul and self are aligned through a common energetic vibration and understanding, there is full knowledge of the nature and purpose of the healing cycle. This brings transformation for where there is understanding there is also acceptance, compassion and forgiveness. Without these things the healing aspect of the healing cycle becomes the path of the self and the soul's participation is disregarded. The choice to be healed is to complete the cycle so that transformation, understanding and re-alignment with unconditional love is the result. This is what is called heaven on earth, the re-alignment of the self and soul into the highest energetic vibration of unconditional love and this allows ascension to occur.
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“True Love, A Practice for Awakening the Heart,” by Thich Nhat Hanh is a small book packed with a lot of wisdom. Thich Nhat Hanh (pronounced “tick not hon”), is a renowned Zen monk and he shares timeless insights into the nature of real love.
According to the author, “To tell the one you love, ‘I am here for you’ is the greatest gift you can give.”
Thich Nhat Hanh says, “... I am going to present to you a very effective mantra, not in Sanskrit or Tibetan, but in English: ‘Dear one, I am here for you.’ Perhaps this evening you will try for a few minutes to practice mindful breathing in order to bring your body and mind together. You will approach the person you love and with this mindfulness, with this concentration, you will look into his or her eyes, and you will begin to utter this formula: ‘Dear one, I am really here for you.’ You must say that with your body and with your mind at the same time, and then you will see the transformation.
“Do you have enough time to love? Can you make sure that in your everyday life you have a little time to love? We do not have much time together; we are too busy. In the morning while eating breakfast, we do not look at the person we love, we do not have enough time for it. We eat very quickly while thinking about other things, and sometimes we even hold a newspaper that hides the face of the person we love. In the evening when we come home, we are too tired to be able to look at the person we love.
“We must bring about a revolution in our way of living our everyday lives, because our happiness, our lives, are within ourselves.”
According to Buddhist tradition there are four key aspects of love: lovingkindness, compassion, joy, and freedom. The book explores all four and goes into the idea that to really love someone else, we must first learn how to be fully present in our lives.
Thich Nhat Hanh is best known for his communications on mindfulness, which is concentration, calm, deep listening and loving speech. Mindfulness teaches you to rise above fear. He would like to see the members of Congress practice mindful breathing and walking, deep listening, and calm loving speech. In so doing, they would serve themselves and the people of our nation as well.
I second the motion.