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Over the last 10 years I have used my MEganize approach in homeschooling my 3 children, now 5, 9 and 13, developed around ‘best’ process and principles. The concepts behind this are explained in my MEgablogs and more fully in MEganize – Empower your child with an education for life! But talk is cheap and opinions are … well, common. Over the last two years my youngest son has attended pre-school. I was very frustrated with the level of their learning programs and how long they continued to learn the basic alphabet, one letter a day for 2 years! I

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MEganize Pre-School Program

False Assumptions Many of the assumptions that we hold dear, mainly accepted from our past practices, need to be revisited. Challenging these assumptions is essential as our educational structures and approach are based on them. A number of critical assumptions have been proven to be false, but because our federal educational ‘control’ structure is rigid and unquestioned, we do not think to revise them accordingly. These all relate to the structure within which our children learn. This accounts for around 80% of their performance, so it is essential that we get these systemic issues (1st Quadrant) right. Some of these

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The Importance of Feedback

This letter is for those parents who are concerned with their child’s learning productivity or who have a child who doesn’t seem to care about obedience. It offers context from the principles in MEganize – Empower your child with an education for life. Despite my writings about challenging our assumptions and revisiting our paradigms, I have found that this is more easily said than done. I have two examples that I would like to share with you. In both cases I went against my own advice, failed to follow my own manual, and in both cases went down the wrong

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The Missing Link

“American social engineers have systematically gone about destroying the intellect of millions of American children for the purpose of leading the American people into a socialist world government controlled by behavioral and social scientists. American people are underwriting the destruction of their own freedom and way of life by lavishly financing through federal grants the very social scientists who are undermining our national sovereignty and preparing our children to become the dumbed-down vassals of the new world order. One of the interesting insights revealed by these documents is how the social engineers use a deliberately created education “crisis” to move

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Cry, the Beloved Country (part 2)

This is an abridged article from the London Sunday Times by Anne Paton. This should be read as part of the school study of this set work, for context purposes. It offers clear feedback on the mindset of this very human book. “I am leaving South Africa. I have lived here for 35 years, and I shall leave with anguish. My home and my friends are here, but I am terrified. I know I shall be in trouble for saying so, because I am the widow of Alan Paton. Fifty years ago he wrote Cry, The Beloved Country. He was incredibly

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Engaged

Many of us are concerned about our children growing up with the now common ‘entitlement’ complex. Most of us are concerned that our children are not engaged in learning. How do we avoid these two paralyzing situations? Dr. Carol Dweck(1) has researched this subject and has found brilliant insights into the leverage areas that mark performance or failure. In her book, Mindset, she shows how children can be empowered or diminished by simply placing ‘fixed’ or ‘growth’ mindset thoughts in their minds prior to the study. These findings have since been used and proven in real school situations, turning poor

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The Great Deception

The lowest poll rate in the Obama’s second-term election showed a total frustration with our government. For decades we have placed our trust in our form of government, hoping that either the Republicans or the Democrats would make a difference, but increasingly we witness a lack of common sense and leadership. What is critical to understand is that the structure drives the culture. It is the structure of our decision-making bodies that has to change. However, we now have a more pressing predicament. Johannesburg 1975: A report by the McAlvany Institute (MIA) stated that South Africa was in the advanced

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Moving to Ugly: Common Core Education Facts

The origins and purpose of the Common Core State Standard (CCSS) was set in the 1980’s when American students were performing below par, and there was inconsistency in testing standards. The goal was to raise overall performance and create a base for consistent measuring. This was the reasonable basis on which most of the states accepted the CCSS. So what has gone wrong? In one word, Control. It appears that politics got involved, with a select few applying ideologies that are inconsistent with our Constitution and common values, who have tried to manipulate education into a political platform. The original

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A Different Approach

So often our children get into the doldrums. We look for ‘professional’ help that often leads to minimizing the problem for a period of time. If the situation continues they try more of the same, without regard to your pocket or to solving the real problem. This is common in the medical profession and is a good example of what Senge (The 5th Discipline) refers to as a ‘symptomatic’ solution. Our world is filed with symptomatic solutions as it offers quick easy results and reduces the symptoms, hence the term. But at what cost? As in ‘MEganize’, I refer to

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Soccer – Where ‘Coaching’ Reflects Our Parenting

My 7 year-old son has been playing soccer for three seasons now. The first year he was brilliant, and probably the top goal scorer of all the teams. Last season his enthusiasm was OK, but his goal scoring dropped. This season he was lucky to score a goal at all. He has now decided to drop soccer. He is not the only one in his team to opt out. He is very conscientious normally, and has been practicing other disciplines for a few years. At the end of a really bad season the coach was none the wiser, other than

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