How important is it to assign busy work over the summer? Alfie Kohn weighs in.
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How important is it to assign busy work over the summer? Alfie Kohn weighs in.
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“Personally I’m always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught.” – Winston Churchill
Unfortunately there is an overlooked yet harmful epidemic going on in school districts across the country practiced simply because it is accepted as “conventional wisdom”. This, despite 40 years of documented research to the contrary, and validated by today’s most educational scholars not to mention the families experiencing it, proving it has no value. I am speaking of course of the long standing practice of assigning homework. As most parents will attest, homework is the great wrecker of family and personal time – never mind the psychological stress it creates in students and parental relationships. “Here Johnny, I know you don’t like this, and it’s unpleasant, but I have to make you do it anyways.” After putting 7 1/2 hours at “work”, students are expected to bring home more with the parents involuntarily being assigned as tutors and homework monitors. Who is the better judge of what a student should be able to do in their personal time: the family or the school? Does homework increase a student’s love of lifelong learning? The research says no. Does homework increase students’ academic success? By weak correlation only and at what price? Does homework increase a student’s self-discipline and responsibility? Examine the research: No! It is, however, a test of the parent’s self-discipline and responsibility. So what is the value of homework? It prepares kids for doing more homework. The truth is that all current research shows there is ZERO benefit for any homework assigned from Kindergarten through 8th grade. Even high-school homework is sketchy at best. Again this is on correlation and not on causation. If you really want to reform the schools, step one is to begin with the elimination of most homework. To learn more, you need to read the book “The Home Work Myth” by Alfie Kohn. The research is the nail in the coffin on this outdated and harmful practice.
Don’t eat food.
Everything you never wanted to know about correcting an incorrectly installed in ground trampoline. Boing!
We inherited an in-ground trampoline when we bought our house earlier this year and its been a great activity for our kids. And the grown-ups too. And that brings us to our project today. This grown-up caused about 4 springs to rip off into the air at about mach 5. NORAD now tracks them in orbit.
Needless to say we ordered a new trampoline mat and springs to replace the ruined ones from www.funspot.com (let me know if you buy from these guys). Highly recommended if you need replacement parts and I think the least expensive place on the web. Something you will find out about this SAH dad is that I am frugal, or as my wife translates “cheap”.
After receiving the new mat and springs we went to install them only to realize the frame had torqued and was 4″ too wide in one direction across than the other. The reason? The original homeowners did not install a retaining wall in the trampoline pit and therefore over 4.5 years the sides slowly collapsed in on the frame bending it out of shape. Lucky us, we had a surprise Home Depot project. Yea!
Because I am so “frugal”, we decided on the following method for a retaining wall. Its cheaper and less permanent if you ever want to lose the tramp and fill the hole in or convert it to a hot tub. Here is how we did this thing:
First we dug the hole out wider and took the old frame out. Once out, it pretty much self-adjusted back into shape.
We fit the frame back in the hole to make sure it was round and everything was going to fit up. Note the white spray paint where we marked the location for the 4×4 posts. The hole had to be widened by 4″ all the way around to accommodate the posts that were going in.
Next we rented an auger from Home Depot with an 8″ bit and dug 12 holes for 12 48″ pressure treated 4×4′s to be cemented in to hold back the retaining wall. This wall would be built of 36″ high welded wire fence wrapped on the outside with 36″ silt fence wrapped outside of that. See below.
After the 4×4′s cured, I cut two 2×4 horizontal supports to fit between each post. Use a radial miter saw to cut the angles as it saves a lot of time.
Next I bent the remaining top 4 or so inches of welded wire fence over the top and tacked both sides at the top with fence staples. I then wrapped the loose silt fence over that and stapled it in place.
Last, back fill the trench between the wall and the dirt. Stomp it down and you’ll notice the wire bulge out some. Acceptable give in my opinion.
We smoothed out the bottom and lined it with the remaining silt fence sans attached sticks.
Next drop that frame in the hole, assemble, add springs, mat and voila!
Lets see how cheap I really am!
Silt fence $30
Welded wire fence $35
12 PT 2x4x8′s $36
6 PT 4x4x8′s $48
box of screws $5
box if fence staples $3
auger rental $46
6 bags quickcrete $27
Total Project Cost $230.00
I am happy to respond if you have any questions. Have fun!
Chuck Norris installs in-ground trampolines with a roundhouse kick to the kit to assemble it then he stares it down..literally, he stares at it till is sinks into the ground with fear. It usually only takes about 3 seconds.
If you have any information about a Debra Sessions (married name?) or Carol Ann Sessions please contact me. Looking for information on my 1974 adoption.
Of course I had to #tweet this—> Facebook and #Twitter are more addictive than cigarettes or #alcohol, study finds http://ow.ly/8UpxM
Finishing a great book this week, “American Shaolin” by Matthew Polly http://ow.ly/8EN4T
Wine at Starbucks? I just hope the don’t over roast the grapes… http://ow.ly/8DkRE
If You Can Find a Better Deal, Take It!
by Ann Coulter
Someone mentioned Christianity on television recently and liberals reacted with their usual howls of rage and blinking incomprehension.
On a Fox News panel discussing Tiger Woods, Brit Hume said, perfectly accurately:
“The extent to which he can recover, it seems to me, depends on his faith. He is said to be a Buddhist. I don’t think that faith offers the kind of forgiveness and redemption that is offered by the Christian faith. So, my message to Tiger would be, ‘Tiger, turn to the Christian faith and you can make a total recovery and be a great example to the world.”
Hume’s words, being 100 percent factually correct, sent liberals into a tizzy of sputtering rage, once again illustrating liberals’ copious ignorance of Christianity. (Also illustrating the words of the Bible: “How is it you do not understand me when I speak? It is because you cannot bear to listen to my words.” John 8:43.)
In The Washington Post, Tom Shales demanded that Hume apologize, saying he had “dissed about half a billion Buddhists on the planet.”
Is Buddhism about forgiveness? Because, if so, Buddhists had better start demanding corrections from every book, magazine article and blog posting ever written on the subject, which claims Buddhists don’t believe in God, but try to become their own gods.
I can’t imagine that anyone thinks Tiger’s problem was that he didn’t sufficiently think of himself as a god, especially after that final putt in the Arnold Palmer Invitational last year.
In light of Shales’ warning Hume about “what people are saying” about him, I hope Hume’s a Christian, but that’s not apparent from his inarguable description of Christianity. Of course, given the reaction to his remarks, apparently one has to be a regular New Testament scholar to have so much as a passing familiarity with the basic concept of Christianity.
On MSNBC, David Shuster invoked the “separation of church and television” (a phrase that also doesn’t appear in the Constitution), bitterly complaining that Hume had brought up Christianity “out-of-the-blue” on “a political talk show.”
Why on earth would Hume mention religion while discussing a public figure who had fallen from grace and was in need of redemption and forgiveness? Boy, talk about coming out of left field!
What religion — what topic — induces this sort of babbling idiocy? (If liberals really want to keep people from hearing about God, they should give Him his own show on MSNBC.)
Most perplexing was columnist Dan Savage’s indignant accusation that Hume was claiming that Christianity “offers the best deal — it gives you the get-out-of-adultery-free card that other religions just can’t.”
In fact, that’s exactly what Christianity does. It’s the best deal in the universe. (I know it seems strange that a self-described atheist and “radical sex advice columnist f*****” like Savage would miss the central point of Christianity, but there it is.)
God sent his only son to get the crap beaten out of him, die for our sins and rise from the dead. If you believe that, you’re in. Your sins are washed away from you — sins even worse than adultery! — because of the cross.
“He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross.” Colossians 2:14.
Surely you remember the cross, liberals — the symbol banned by ACLU lawsuits from public property throughout the land?
Christianity is simultaneously the easiest religion in the world and the hardest religion in the world.
In the no-frills, economy-class version, you don’t need a church, a teacher, candles, incense, special food or clothing; you don’t need to pass a test or prove yourself in any way. All you’ll need is a Bible (in order to grasp the amazing deal you’re getting) and probably a water baptism, though even that’s disputed.
You can be washing the dishes or walking your dog or just sitting there minding your business hating Susan Sarandon and accept that God sent his only son to die for your sins and rise from the dead … and you’re in!
“Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 10:9.
If you do that, every rotten, sinful thing you’ve ever done is gone from you. You’re every bit as much a Christian as the pope or Billy Graham.
No fine print, no “your mileage may vary,” no blackout dates. God ought to do a TV spot: “I’m God Almighty, and if you can find a better deal than the one I’m offering, take it.”
The Gospel makes this point approximately 1,000 times. Here are a few examples at random:
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16.
“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.” Ephesians 2:8.
“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23.
In a boiling rage, liberals constantly accuse Christians of being “judgmental.” No, we’re relieved.
Christianity is also the hardest religion in the world because, if you believe Christ died for your sins and rose from the dead, you have no choice but to give your life entirely over to Him. No more sexual promiscuity, no lying, no cheating, no stealing, no killing inconvenient old people or unborn babies — no doing what all the other kids do.
And no more caring what the world thinks of you — because, as Jesus warned in a prophecy constantly fulfilled by liberals: The world will hate you.
With Christianity, your sins are forgiven, the slate is wiped clean and your eternal life is guaranteed through nothing you did yourself, even though you don’t deserve it. It’s the best deal in the universe.
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