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Reasoned Obedience

According to Michael Pearl, the first step in child raising is to enjoy your children. Your “right” to discipline your children extends naturally from your love for them. He is almost right in that, and if these were secualr materials, I would not bring this up. In truth, as in all relationships, the parent-child relationship begins with our relationship with…

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Hmmm…My Two Cents on “No Greater Joy.”

Oh, joy. Homeschoolblogger has been boycotted. I can’t decide what to think of this little escapade. Ambivalent is a good term…”characterized by a mixture of opposite feelings or attitudes.” That is not me on most issues, but it is on this one. It started with the murder of a child. The mother used materials from the Pearl’s minsitry, No Greater…

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Extrinsic Motivation, A Myth?

Sometimes I wish I had a PhD in something so I could just say stuff and people would listen to me. Or at least quote me. Dr. Steven Reiss, for example, suggests that there really is no such thing as intrinsic motivation. This comes in response to the research coming out which suggests that extrinsic motivators, while improving performance in…

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Motivation and Self Government

It is in fact nothing short of a miracle that the modern methods of instruction have not yet entirely strangled the holy curious of inquiry. It is a very grave mistake to think that the enjoyment of seeing and searching can be promoted by means of coercion and a sense of duty. —Albert Einstein In my first entry on motivation,…

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Motivation, Defined

I stumbled across an interesting entry over on Edwahoo’s blog that brought up an issue worth consideration. Here I offer only further thought and reflection, no solutions. The American Heritage Dictionary’s definition of motivation is essentially worthless. Who can make anything out of this: mo·ti·va·tion n. 1. a. The act or process of motivating. b. The state of being motivated.…

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Standards in Education

I do not do this very often, but Spunky, who was so kind in her comment to me, has an excellent post you should read. It is better than anything I had considered writing about today.All of us struggle some with mixed motives in homeschooling. That is part of why I blog. It helps me pause daily to regain my…

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Religion vs. Science?

Howard Hughes Medical Institute hosts an annual Holiday Lecture Series on Science. The topic for 2005 focused on evolution, and several Washington, D.C.-area high school students gathered after the lectures for a panel discussion with the speakers. “I am a believing Christian who totally accepts evolutionary theory,” Father James A. Wiseman, the Benedictine monk and theology professor at the Catholic…

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Working Toward A Philosophy of Education

Someone asked me recently about my schedule and “how [I] get it all done.” To me, it seems a bit presumptuous to answer a question like that. I only have three children, and I’m home all day. I’m not running a farm, balancing a job or caring for eight. But since someone asked, I thought I might take a stab…

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