Quotes

Avoiding Pre-Packaged Fast-Food Schooling

December 30, 2009
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We have been busily preparing our year end goals and accomplishments for a celebration party the last day of the year.  In preparation, the children (and adults) have been filling in our reading lists for the year as a guideline to keep us on track.   In some of my reading in my preparation for guiding the…

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Thomas Jefferson on the Central Bank

December 2, 2008
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The Central Bank is an institution of the most deadly hostility existing against the principles and form of our Constitution. . . . I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. Already they have raised up a monied aristocracy that has set the Government at defiance. The issuing power…

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Thanksgiving Turkey Advice from Kindergarteners

November 25, 2008
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Thanksgiving Turkey Advice from Kindergarteners

Our small rural town paper published some funny advice from the local public school Kindergarteners about how to prepare your Thanksgiving turkey.  Not only did we enjoy a good laugh, but reading through the responses, we discovered something very interesting and telling.  See if you can guess… The majority of the statements were like this… Go…

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Dabney the Political Prophet and His Unanswered Prayer (1897)

November 8, 2008
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Dabney the Political Prophet and His Unanswered Prayer (1897)

That popular suffrage does not now really govern this country, that it is notoriously a marketable commodity, that the United States have really ceased already to be what they pretend, a federation of republican States, no clear sighted man doubts.  Under a thin veil of radical democracy, the government has already become an oligarchy.  Are…

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Agrarian Advice on the Election

September 8, 2008
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Agrarian Advice on the Election

I wish I could remember where I read this quote in regards to the upcoming election….  “Pray hard and plant a bigger garden….”   (this would not be a picture of our garden)

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Name that Feminist

September 6, 2008
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Name that Feminist

To serve …beside such a man would be the privilege of a lifetime. And it’s fitting that this trust has been given to me 88 years almost to the day after the women of America first gained the right to vote…. It was rightly noted in Denver this week that (there are) 18 million cracks…

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Dabney on Education and National Character

July 5, 2008
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The competitions of the State and the Church for the educating power have been so engrossing that we have almost forgotten the parent, as the third and the rightful competitor.  And now many look at his claim almost contemptuously.  Because the civic and the ecclesiastical spheres are so much wider and more populous than his,…

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Discussions with Robert Lewis Dabney, 1892 State Education

September 1, 2007
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“Every experienced teacher knows that pupils educate each other more than he educates them.  The thousand nameless influences — literary, social, moral, — not only on the play ground but of the school room, the whispered conversation, the clandestine note, the sly grimace, the sly pinch, the good or bad recitation, mould the plastic character…

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NOAH WEBSTER (1832)

May 12, 2006
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“When you become entitled to exercise the right of voting for public officers, let it be impressed on your mind that God commands you to choose for rulers, just men who will rule in the fear of God. The preservation of a [our] government depends on the faithful discharge of this duty; If the citizens…

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Theodore Roosevelt on the Family

May 10, 2006
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“There are many kinds of success in life worth having. It is exceedingly interesting and attractive to be a successful business man, or railroad man, or farmer, or a successful lawyer or doctor; or a writer, or a President, or a ranchman, or the colonel of a fighting regiment, or to kill grizzly bears and…

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Carry a Big Stick – Dr. George Grant

November 28, 2005
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Carry a Big Stick – Dr. George Grant

In my post Theodore Roosevelt – Larger Than Life I completely underestimated the complexity of one of the greatest occupants of the American white house. Truly, I don’t think there could be a more complex person to write about. The oddest part of it all is that Teddy Roosevelt did not consider himself anything beyond…

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