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Kevin’s Kluge: Thoughts on the History of Education, Technology and Socialization

This article is late to the editor and somewhat cobbled together (therefore, truly a kluge). Originally I was just going to write about the history of schooling, how changes in technology helped place new emphasis on socialization as a responsibility of schools. However, recent news has caused me to shift my focus slightly. Our children are impacted by the events of our society, and they are watching to see how we respond and looking to us for guidance.

Experience History in North Carolina!

Smoke drifts from a campfire, mingling with the smells emanating from a black kettle suspended above it. A group of children of diverse ages draws near to what appears to be a vision from the past—someone dressed as a Civil War soldier or maybe an eighteenth century longhunter. "Are you going to eat that?" one young scholar inquires. "Did you really sleep out here last night?" "Is that gun real?" The questions often come as quickly as they can be answered, and one answer can generate another host of questions.

Duty is Ours, Results are God’s

Adams cared deeply that slaves be set free, but whether they ever were or not was not his motivation. He fought for their freedom because it was the right thing to do, not because it was the most expedient.

Hal’s about It: Peace or Freedom

The government couldn’t depend on controlling a population that had freedom to choose, so the task was to limit their choices first, then condition them to prefer their constrictions rather than seek out their future in a world without guarantees.

Just be wary of the call of “peace and security.” Freedom is a risky thing, but it’s what allows parents to effectively educate kids with special needs, precocious readers, those gifted in mechanics or dance or music, who may be all in the same family!

The Myth That Changed America

To the surprise of the majority of Americans, the phrase “separation between church and state” is not contained in the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights, the Constitution or any amendment to it, or any other official document upon which our nation and government was founded.

Bring History to Life!

For your next family outing, why not consider a journey back in time? Even better, you can “hide” your history class in the guise of a trip to the eighteenth century through historical reenactment.

Homeschool Field Trip

Following a parting prayer, we are off! It has begun—another family vacation, or, as my wife, the teacher, refers to it, another homeschool field trip.