End Common Core in Massachusetts

I am a firm believer that all the common core standards do is dumb our kids down.  It also takes the teaching freedom away from the teachers.  They no longer can go on the cool side tangents that used to make a teacher stand out.  I had a teacher once who liked to teach us outside hands on.  Scrap the book and really let us get our hands dirty while we learned.  I look at some of this common core “stuff” and think, YIKES.  My son is 3 and he is brilliant.  I know all parents say that but he is doing kindergarten work.  Not because I force him but because he has a natural ability to learn.  I teach him at his pace but thanks to the government standards he can’t even start homeschooling until he is 5.5 years old.  by that point he will be ready academically for second grade.

I know by the time he is 8-10 years old his learning will start to level out with some kids his own age but if it doesn’t I don’t want him penalized because he is smart.  I am not teaching him common core BS because I believe it takes away from the student.

Let’s unite and END Common Core in Massachusetts!  join the Facebook page and sign the petition to get this repeal on the voting ticket.  We can END common core for good but we need to work as a solid unit.

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Freedom of Speech in Boston, MA is Dying!!!

Boston’s new Mayor has some big shoes to fill but he is too busy digging a hole he might not climb out of.  He is not off to a good start.

Mayor Walsh has signed an order that prohibits Boston city workers for voicing their anti-Olympic opinions.  Seems he is on a bit of a power trip.  He thinks the whole die in protests are out of hand, I am sure taking away the freedom of speech of city workers wont set very well with the citizens or any of the college students who like to ditch class and protest for anything under the sun.

The order states:

“The City, including its employees, officers, and representatives, shall not make, publish or communicate to any Person, or communicated in any public forum, any comments or statements (written or oral) that reflect unfavorably upon, denigrate or disparage, or are detrimental to the reputation or statute of, the [International Olympic Committee], the [International Paralympic Committee], the USOC, the IOC Bid, the Bid Committee or the Olympic or Paralympic movement. The City, including its employees, officers and representatives, shall each promote the Bid Committee, the USOC, the IOC Bid, U.S. Olympic and Paralympic athletes and hopefuls and the Olympic and Paralympic movement in a positive manner.”

Walsh tells people to think of the crowds and the construction.  Is he forgetting that with that also comes more theft and loss?   And lets not forget the INCREASE in TAXES that the city and the state residents will have to pay for this event.  Heck they don’t have enough tax revenue to cover the current budget what would the taxes raise to to cover the enormous expense of having the Olympics in Boston.

This new mayor clearly doesn’t understand to what point the citizens of Boston will push back.  The people of Boston are unique in the way they get their point across.  It will be interesting to see how this unfolds over the coming days and weeks.  Having people on both side of an issue is how some of the best solutions are created.  If everything is one sided then there is never a good solution because everyone is looking at it from the same stance and major issues get over looked.  Also, nothing great comes from having a flock of sheep meandering around.

Lets make a simple analogy here: It is similar to the nursery rhyme “The 3 Little Pigs”.  A good housing solution didn’t come up until the Big Bad Wolf was there testing the pigs designs and structures that the perfect structure was created.  If it wasn’t for the big bad wolf those little pigs would have been living in the flimsy straw house forever.

TO BE CLEAR…

I personally don’t give a flying crap if the Olympics are in Boston or not.  It is the taking away the freedom of speech because he doesn’t like what people are saying I have an issue with.

Johari Window – How would you describe me?

“The Johari Window was invented by Joseph Luft and Harrington Ingham in the 1950s as a model for mapping personality awareness. By describing yourself from a fixed list of adjectives, then asking your friends and colleagues to describe you from the same list, a grid of overlap and difference can be built up.”

** CLICK HERE **  To describe me in 5-6 words.  I will post my results after one week.

I am interested to see how others view me.

http://kevan.org/jh/dawn+leoni

Question of the Day: Should Children be Banned from High End Restaurants?

This post is spawned for an article from NBC Chef Grant Achatz starts Twitter debate: Should babies be banned from high-end restaurants? by Tracy Saelinger (TODAY contributor).

I don’t think they should ban babies, it is up to the parents to be respectful of others who are dining. If the baby should get agitated or upset and cry, take a breather and walk with the baby. At 8 mo my son was still Breastfeeding so a quick boob fix was all he would need to nod back off again or at least relax and be in mommy milk trance for a while. With that said, my almost 2-year-old doesn’t understand “inside” voice yet. Personally, I would never dream of bringing him to a 3 hour, 18 course meal that cost over $200 per plate and you have to wait for weeks or months for a table.

If you can afford a restaurant that expensive then you probably have a full-time live in nanny that the kids can stay with. Or at least a full-time nanny/babysitter you can ask to stay late and pay them an overtime bonus. Do babysitters cancel, sure they do but then be the respectful parent and walk out when your baby starts to cry. If you are like most Americans and you can’t “normally” afford the restaurant then it is a “special” date night and you should enjoy your spouse/significant other/whoever you are with without babies and children.

We have not had a date night since R was born. We did attempt it once when the little guy was 5 months old but we were called back before our dinner was served. We take him everywhere, he has even been to an Irish Pub!! Of course it was for a late lunch, but he had a good time sitting at the table like a big boy, no high chairs there. He is a good baby/toddler and on the rare occasion when he gets a little loud(or has a tantrum) I excuse myself and take him outside for a cool down walk. Most times people give the look of sympathy as I walk by with a mad toddler.

All in all, maybe not ban babies but if the parents don’t get off their asses and take the baby out of the restaurant then definitely have the waiter politely ask them to take the baby outside until it has calmed down and is no longer crying. It is the parents who need to be respectful of others.

Child Safety … Something We Should All Have…

Child safety is a huge issue.  Our little guy is almost 2, 25 pounds, and still rear facing.  I have had people tell me that “he will like it better if he was facing forward”, “I turned my child when they were one” and “why do you still have him rear facing”.  The fact is he LIKES rear facing.  he has always like to sit with his legs up to his chest.  Why???  I have no clue, sure doesn’t look comfortable but if he likes it why change it.  He hasn’t reached the height limit yet so I will keep him rear facing.  He will probably be the only rear facing 3-year-old I know.

Rear facing or forward facing doesn’t really matter when it comes to the what if’s…  What if you or someone who had your child is in an accident?  What happens if there isn’t anyone to speak for the baby?  I didn’t even think of this until I was researching rear/front facing topic.  I found a program called CHAD Children Have An iDentity on the Ohio EMS page.  They have a printable form that you can fill out and tape to your child’s car seat.  I figure why not put it also on the stroller or in our wallets/purse/backpack.  It is smart to have an edited version in the glove box too.

The CHAD form has a space for the child’s name, nickname, DOB, address, doctor, emergency contact other than the parents, special needs info, medications, allergies, and important phone numbers.  Here is a picture of what you can print.  Click on the picture to be linked to the Ohio EMS page that has the downloadable file.

What is Happening to this Country?

I hear reports ever day it seems as to how a teenager has disappeared.  Why is it that so many kids from 13- 16 years old seem to be vanishing?  Is there a predator out there taking them and selling them?  Are they getting mixed up with mysterious “online” dating?  Are they hooking up with strangers, fall in “love” and then run away?

The most alarming things I keep hearing about is all the toddlers that are being snatched.  First of all why would anyone let a toddler play without supervision in the front yard?  That is just asking for a disaster.  Oh man, I would never let our little one play outside alone this young.  Heck, who knows what age is “ok” these days.  What happened to the days when I was a young kid and could not only play outside alone but could ride my bike around the neighborhood alone and go out and play as long as I was back in time for dinner or before dark which ever came first?  There are so many more things to worry about with our young children these days.

Sometimes I think if our little guy could be locked up and kept on a leash to keep him safe I would in a heartbeat if I thought it wouldn’t traumatized him.  But we can’t do that to our kids, if we did they would grow up missing the most fundamental aspects of growing up…  Time away from Mom and Dad to do what they want and to explore new things.

My heart goes out to all parents and families who have lost a child.  For the children who are missing, I hope most of them can be found and brought home.

 

Applying High School Math to Current “Invasion” Events

Here is how to apply those high school math skills that most kids say “I will never use this in real life”.  Little did we know we use logic skills all the time.  Here is how it applies to the invasion of Syria Drama.

It makes no sense to attack Syria and defend the same people who are seen as a threat to this nation.  A bit hypocritical if you ask me.  Not to mention that China is against it and we borrow money from them all the time to keep out over paid “lawmakers” in their cozy lifestyle (among other ridiculous spending).

Common logic is:

1. China doesn’t support attacking Syria

2. The US borrows money from China

SO…since 1 and 2 are both true we can conclude:

It is also true that If the US attacks Syria then China will cut off all funding to the US.

Meaning, if we want to keep our nations strong we don’t bite the hand that feeds us!!

Personal viewpoint of Syria and other countries we invade

We need to stay the *F* out of there.  We need to get our men and woman home and work on our own country instead of worrying about other countries business.  Not to mention the potential of World War 3 and they have made NO threats to the United States or the citizens of our great country.  ALSO, what happens if the budget freezes and China won’t lend us more so we can get our troops home.  What then?  I honestly think we need to work on our own country’s issues and problems instead of spending money we don’t have to invade a country that has made no threat to us.  We need to look out for our own and let them work out their own issues.

I mean lets look at it this way … You have sent all your kids to different locations and now there is so much house work to be done you can’t do it all yourself.  You are in debt so far that you can’t afford the cost of aiding all the households your kids are at.  Your kids are going to be exposed to unknown chemical pesticides and could die from exposure.

What would you do?

Bring your kids home.  Then those kids can help around the house, help the family save money and build the family’s infrastructure.  Sounds like common sense when you break it down to a basic family level.

 

How Can a Mother Do This to Their Child and the Father?

I watched the Katie Show yesterday and I can honestly say I have never been more shocked.  Jason Patric came on to openly talk about his fight with his former girlfriend,Danielle Schreiber, to keep a relationship with  his 3.5 year old son, Gus.  They made the decision together to have this child as he reports.  How can a mother keep her child from the man who helped father her child.  Sure it was through IVF because the good old fashion bump and grind didn’t work, but does that really make him less of a father?  She had an intimate relationship with him before and after their son was born.  Sh allowed him to be in their son’s life until all of a sudden yanking him away.  I understand his wanting to shield his son from the press and kudos to him for doing everything to protect the little boy.  He is a true father to do so.

She is using his choice to shield his son from paparazzi against him.  I can’t help but keep asking “what kind of woman does this to her own son?”  I guess I could understand if the father was unknown, a random sperm bank donor, abusive, mentally unstable, or had a substance abuse problem but not a man who has been there since day one, able to provide (financially, physically and emotionally) and wants to be in his son’s life.  He has been in his son’s life since he was conceived and he has a bond with the child.  Danielle may think what she is doing is right but even at this early age he can keep these events in his subconscious.  He is ripping away his father, does she honestly think in these days and ages when he gets old enough that he won’t search his mother’s name on the internet and find all this information out on his own?  Does she think that her son wont resent her for what she is doing now?  She needs to consider the ramifications this will have on the child as he grows up.  Maybe other kids will learn what happened before he does and tease him about it.

Ms. Schreiber didn’t even have the guts to face Mr. Patric on the Katie show.  I understand that this is a private matter but at what point do you stop hiding behind a law that was written decades before IVF was common.  She sent a cold-hearted statement to the show giving no real reason for her swift attitude change.  What really happened in her mind only she and her shrink (if she does or ever sees one) but no one will ever know.  What she is doing to Jason and their son is wrong in so many ways but it is also opening the door for new legislation to be put in place to protect the fathers who give their sperm to a loved one (wife, girlfriend, or friend) with the intention of being in the child’s life.

The Great Aaron Hernandez Jersey Exchange of 2013 – July 6th & 7th

On July 6th & 7th the Patriots will make a mark in their history books by offering an exchange for #81 Aaron Hernandez jerseys.  There are a few rules for exchanging a jersey.  The Patriots are encouraging parents to come down and exchange the jerseys for another team member because they understand how children like to wear the jersey of their favorite team and some parents wont want their child sporting a Hernandez jersey in light of all the charges brought against him.

Jersey Exchange Rules:

  1. The jersey must have been purchased from the Pro Shop or from the Pro Shop online.
  2. NFL Official Jerseys from the Pro Shop are NIKE or REEBOK only (no receipt of purchase required)
  3. Only 1 Hernandez jersey per person may be exchanged.
  4. The exchange must happen in person at Gillette Stadium at the Patriots Pro Shop ONLY during normal business hours.
  5. You may exchange the Hernandez jersey for any other patriots player of equal or lesser value.
  6. Only valid for in stock Jersey’s ONLY – No special orders/requests allowed.
  7. The Patriots ProShop reserves the right to make all determinations regarding program validity. All determinations are final.”

Hours of Operation:
Sat July 6, 2013 – 10:00am to 9:00pm
Sunday, July 7, 2013 – 10:00am to 7:00pm

MY OPINION OF THE EXCHANGE:

This is an excellent idea.  I feel bad for the parents who may have come to New England to see a game yet can’t get back to exchange the #81 Hernandez jersey they may have bought while at a game or in the area.  I think it benefits local fans more than the broad spectrum but over all this offer goes over the top with compassion and understanding for their fans.  I think it is a marvelous thing they are doing by allowing people to pick another team member’s jersey in place of Aaron Hernandez.  This could be seen like a chance to “pick your new favorite player”.

What I would like to know after all the #81 Hernandez jerseys are collected is “Who’s jersey got picked the most to replace Hernandez?”