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Stirring Up the Melting Pot

I've been lucky enough to play at a blues jam session with a lot of these guys. They are the most encouraging, positive, and talented musicians you will run into. Good people, good music.

March 8, 2007 at 9:31 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Changing Faith / The Border Band / The Resisters -- 12/23/05 at Jackpot Music Hall

The band The Resistors is a blues and rock band that will definitely give you your $5 worth for the night.

December 19, 2005 at 9:55 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

The LAC Breastfeeding Debacle Part II

I feel sad for the father who complained to LAC. He cannot seem to differentiate between sex and breastfeeding. He is right, that both are natural, but breastfeeding NATURALLY INVOLVES A CHILD. Sex doesn't. The man has his child at a child care facility. There is no child care more basic than breastfeeding.

It is also interesting that Mr. Sells, when choosing a group to support in the conflict, chooses the side of those who are doing nothing to help a child's health, rather than the women who are giving their children the best nutrition possible. We see where his priorities lie.

I feel very sorry for the person who approaches my wife and tells her she cannot feed my daughter. She is discreet and private about the feedings, but she does not and should not have to hide in a closet to provide for our child. And I will certainly not sit quietly should someone ask her to.

July 14, 2004 at 11:35 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Unschooling

To those who would consider homeschooling, consider the following: what do you do when the child working on the raised garden bed at home wants to know what happens when the chemical fertilizers you have added interact with the pesticides? Or when they want to know how to speak German, and your family speaks only English?
The internet can provide some information, but very few opportunities exist for a child that provide a teacher/mentor as effectively as public education.
I doubt there are many who would argue that reading, writing, and math have been given a value above that of the arts by our current testing regime. But that can be chalked up to ease of testing as much as anything else. How can you hire someone to test your child's sculpting ability on a standardized test? Society demands some sort of accountability, and those "3 R's" are the easiest to assess.
I teach science in Lawrence, and I love it. I am also a father. I am very familiar with the Multiple Intelligences theories, and apply them to my lesson planning daily. The work of theorists like Gardner and Armstrong (another in the Multiple Intelligences vein) is considered required reading for today's teachers.
I guess what I am rambling about is that public schools offer something that no homeschool situation can match. What they lack, however, is that "home" component. The teaching that is described in many of the other comments (the home art studio, the raised garden bed), are things that should be done in addition to public education, not instead.

June 4, 2004 at 6:16 p.m. ( | suggest removal )