All posts tagged: public schools

should you test your #homeschool student? via lagarfias.com

To Test, or Not to Test

That is the question, for homeschoolers anyway. When I was the homeschool student, we tested. But now, as the homeschool parent, we don’t test. I’ll share how and why we made that decision, and why my husband and I feel so good about it. What are Tests? When homeschool parents discuss testing, they can mean one of two things: standardized achievement tests or subjective “end of the chapter” textbook exams. Usually testing refers to the former, but it is always useful  to  clarify the terms just to make sure. Achievement tests Standardized achievement tests may be required in some states. They are administered by a licensed administrator or another adult meeting the qualifications of the test; usually the parent may not remain in the room. The student is scored against all other students from all other institutions across the country in his grade level who take this same test. Textbook exams Textbook exams are the tests that “come with the curriculum” to test the material contained within the textbook and workbook. Textbook exams usually consists …

Ask the Grad – Amy Bell

We weren’t the perfect homeschooling family (if there even is such a thing). There were six people in our household, and of course, we didn’t always get along. We didn’t consistently start school on time, and there were some days that we stayed in our pajamas until noon (especially in the winter). Yet however relaxed we may have been at times, we were always well aware that we had to finish our subjects by the end of the year. Eventually we learned to plan ahead and do the required amount of work per week. To balance out our lazy days, there were times when we would do much more work than normal in an effort to finish early and have a longer summer break. In high school, I became extremely efficient at planning and organizing my life to make room for everything I wanted to do. I trained myself to do my homework before working on hobbies, etc. I still use this method of setting goals for myself today. For instance, I try not to do anything before my Bible study in the mornings. I will make sure the house is clean before picking up a book or magazine that I really want to read. I will force myself to help my son finish his homework before working on something that I want to write. It works really well for me, and when I do finally get around to relaxing, I usually don’t have any nagging worries in the back of my mind. Everything is done!

comparison of biblical Christianity with secular humanism, via lagarfias.com

Biblical Christianity vs. Secular Humanism

The modern humanist is in secession from society. He is in flight from knowledge and in full-scale retreat from reality. The humanist is compelled to deny the possiblilty of knowledge, because it is the only possible way he can imagine of denying God. David declared, “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard” (Ps. 19: 1-3). As St. Paul said, that which may be know of God is manifest in them: for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible thins of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse” (Rom. 1:19-20). All man’s knowledge witnesses to God, and the law and order of God’s creation witnesses to God, so that man faces everywhere the inescapable knowledge of God. The knowledge of God is …