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Old 08-16-2012, 04:25 PM   #21
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My children are in K12 a public school program where they do classwork at home on the computer. I allows me a certain control of their education. In public schools here in TN it seems Middle school is all about the standardized test. Class work is tailored to these tests because the money the schools receive is tailored to how well they do on the tests. Unfortunately the students actually learning anything has gotten lost in this process.
My kids did K12 (California Virtual Academy) for a couple of years (we have moved on to radical unschooling since then), the history they were given with K12 was far superior to what their friends were getting in public school. We also supplemented that with more "hands on" history by traveling in our RV and visiting historically significant sites and doing informal history 9no textbooks. The first destination was Tombstone where we spent several days but the highlight there was when we knocked on the door to the privately owned Tombstone Museum, we were let in even though they were closed and more or less given a private tour and run of the place. They even took out one of Wyatt Earps guns (a lever action 12 gauge shotgun) and let us handle it. The boys are still very interested in history, they don't watch any current TV shows (except Mythbusters and the firearms stuff on the Outdoor channel) but they do love the old movies and TV shows that they show. We have many of the Audie Murphy movies as well as Roy Rogers, etc. etc..


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That's about the response I get at the start of the year, but they get used to it.
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One of my officers submitted a report on a PTSD inflicted Vietnam Vet who had just been released from "Andy Murphy Hospital" in San Antonio.

I inquired if she had ever heard of Audie Murphy. She had no idea who he was. Just the most decorated soldier from WWII, Hello! Nope, never heard of him. Never heard of Alvin York. Never heard of the movies Blazing Saddles or Young Frankenstein. Oh the humanity! How do we expect to survive as a people if our historical perspective is 20 years?
This is irrelevant bust wasn't John basilone the most decorated soldier in ww2 that's what I was always taught I am a youth 22 do I could be wrong
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This is irrelevant bust wasn't John basilone the most decorated soldier in ww2 that's what I was always taught I am a youth 22 do I could be wrong
No. Basilone was the only enlisted Marine to win the Medal of Honor & Navy Cross in WWII but Audie Murphy was by far the most decorated.
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The only reality tv that even catches my attention is that duck dynasty i get a laugh every time I watch it and its a good clean show it ain't down grading americans like jersey shore and teen mom
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The only reality tv that even catches my attention is that duck dynasty i get a laugh every time I watch it and its a good clean show it ain't down grading americans like jersey shore and teen mom
I feel dumber just seeing commercials for Jersey Shore...... Teen Moms seems ridiculous too because they are sensationalizing teen pregnancy. I think a lot of the drama in the lives of teenagers today is because they think drama is "cool".
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Examiner's office- Jun 1971.
A month before my birth...are there tennis balls on that walker?
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A month before my birth...are there tennis balls on that walker?
walker? don't you mean scooter
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I took the tennis balls off the walker. Found I could inflict greater injuries without them.


Just remember- I have boots older than you.

Difference is- my boots are still in good shape


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