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Can you see Chinese characters directly behind my name at the beginning of my profile?
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 10, 2005 1:59 pm    Post subject: "They Must Be Getting That at Home!" Reply with quote

Here is my profile and rationale for homeschooling my daughters. (Depending upon the fonts available to you, you may or may not be able to view the Chinese characters that represent my name below. I am curious to know whether you can or cannot see them, so I have included a poll with this message. That way I get to find out how the poll function works, too!)

Douglas G. Harrison 華瑞生


    Bachelor of Arts, Liberal Studies (Asian Culture and Anthropology), State University of New York, Buffalo, NY

    Graduate Studies, Education, Hamline University, Minneapolis, MN

    Basic and Intermediate Chinese Mandarin, Defense Language Institute, Monterey, CA

Teaching Experience

    Airborne Instructor, Cryptologic Linguist Program

    Director of Training, Chinese Mandarin and China Area Studies

    Teacher, English as a Second Language

    Teacher, Journalism

Academic Interests

Aeronautics ? Anthropology ?Archeology ? Architecture ?Asian Studies ? Astronomy ? Bible Studies ? Biology ? Chinese Language ? Civics ? Constitutional Studies ? Consumer Education ? Creative Writing ? Drafting ? English Language ? Ergonomics ? Ethnic Studies ? Geography ? Geology ? Geometry ? History ? Home Economics ? Home Remodeling ? Horticulture ? Industrial Arts ? Interior Design ? Journalism ? Landscaping ? Linguistics ? Literature ? Mechanical Engineering ? Military Studies ? Music ? Oceanography ? Philosophy ? Photography ? Physical Sciences ? Political Science ? Psychology ? Publishing ? Radio Communications ? Sociology ? Studio Arts ? Teaching ? Theater

General Perspectives on Education

We each come to the teaching profession with unique life experiences. Much of what we know comes from formal education, but much more comes from interaction with people and our environment. The important lessons we learned stay with us, and these we want to pass on to our children. We reflect on these lessons, and the manner in which they were taught, and we consider how best to pass the knowledge along.

We have all had both good and bad experiences with teachers? and life?s lessons. We remember what worked best for our own learning, and we use those experiences for our own further learning and for teaching others. My life experiences have provided me a wide range of lessons, good and bad, and our children will benefit from both.

My formal education was provided by secular schools. Fortunately, postmodernism had not yet made its mark in the rural public schools of my 1960s? youth. We still observed traditional American holidays without censoring religious themes. We still recited the real Pledge of Allegiance, including the phrase ?under God,? and we had never even heard of today's smarmy globalist pledges that focus on ?Mother Earth? as some sort of deity. We still had academic honor rolls, trophies and ribbons for sports competitions, and trips to the principal?s office. Teachers weren?t prevented from disciplining us, and our parents kept themselves informed on what was going on in the classrooms. Neither the playgrounds nor the world were made of Nerf. Life was good.

To fulfill my military obligation, I enlisted in the Air Force soon after graduating from high school. It was 1970. Having scored well on my aptitude tests, I was selected to attend the Defense Language Institute, where I qualified for one of the more difficult languages ? Chinese Mandarin. The academic and technical training was both challenging and exciting, and with diligent study, I graduated as honor graduate or as graduate with honors from every professionalization course I attended during my 12-year Air Force career.

I attended college part time while on active duty. With duty stations throughout the Far East (Philippines, Taiwan, Korea, Japan, and Okinawa) and visits to Thailand, Hong Kong, and China, I was able to focus my studies effectively on Asian languages and culture. I formalized my degree through the University of the State of New York, after collecting credits through the College Level Examination Program, the University of Maryland, the University of Hawaii, and the Community College of the Air Force.

After leaving the Air Force, I moved to Taiwan, where I lived as an expatriate for several years. There, I continued my language studies and became an ESL teacher. I also worked as a translator, copywriter, and magazine and newspaper editor. I developed and taught a journalism course for a staff of Chinese reporters and edited and critiqued university research papers for peer review and submission to English-language publications.

For nearly two decades, I lived and worked in Asia, completely immersing myself in each successive culture. Fellow countrymen often suggested that I had ?gone native,? but it wasn?t a bad thing to me. Indeed, a very good Chinese friend once remarked, ?Except for your lack of ?black eyes, black hair, and yellow skin,? you?re Chinese!? It was a sincere compliment.

After returning to America, I entered Hamline University, seeking a Master of Education degree. This is when I discovered that a lot had changed since my youthful days in the public school system. I was surrounded by liberals who were intent on turning me into one of them. The whole program was outrageously designed to prevent conservative teachers from entering the public school system. By requiring each student to produce a portfolio, including a "Philosophy of Teaching" proving adherence to postmodern theories of moral relativism, the university was effectively marking conservative teachers for elimination.

Pressure from my liberal peers and liberal professors made it difficult for me to express my Christian worldview. Conservative views were constantly ridiculed, at times even sneeringly mocked. It was obvious to me that I would not meet the postmodern criteria established by the liberal teachers? club. I realized that I could never be a part of the postmodern indoctrination program, nor could I associate with the people who advocate such intellectual dishonesty.

The most appalling example of liberal indoctrination I witnessed occurred at a public school where I was assigned as a student teacher/observer/assistant in October 2000. I was monitoring a First Grade class at Hale Elementary School, a Minneapolis public school, and it was just days before the 2000 Presidential Election.

The children were going through their ?Election Special? issue of the school newspaper, preparing to vote in a mock election. The paper contained a ballot. As the students were busy marking their ballots, one little girl become agitated and approached the teacher saying, ?Teacher! I can?t remember who to vote for!? She was almost in tears, but the teacher cooed reassuringly, saying, ?That?s okay. Just remember ? now, who did we say is ?for the children??? The girl grinned broadly, ran back to her desk, and checked the box for Al Gore.

After all the ballots were cast, the teacher counted them, marking a running total on a poster board. Gore won, but of the 17 ballots cast, 7 were for Bush.

Later, during a quiet time, the teacher leaned over and whispered in my ear, ?I can?t believe so many of them still voted for Bush!? Then, with a trembling voice filled with contempt, she added, ?They must be getting that at home!?

I fought to stifle my surprise. ?No kidding!? I wanted to shout, ?That?s where they should ?be getting that!?? They certainly wouldn?t be getting it from the mainstream media or anyone in the public school system. This teacher assumed that I, too, must be a Gore supporter, simply because I was a student teacher in a public school. She must believe that all public school teachers are just like her ? postmodernists seeking to indoctrinate all the nation?s children. It wasn't hard for her to believe, because most public school teachers are just like her!

Liberal socialists have taken over our entire school system, from pre-school to the highest levels of academia. This is the primary reason that I am homeschooling our two daughters. I had thought merely to teach them to think for themselves, but I now realize that my job is much more important. In addition to teaching basic academics, I see that I will be inoculating them against the diseases of the Left, i.e., political correctness, Left-wing-nut extremism, class warfare, collectivism, ?nanny state? dependency, and numerous other maladies that threaten Christianity, the Constitution, individual freedom, and the American way of life.

There is nothing subtle about the prejudice directed at conservative thinkers. Diversity on today?s college campuses goes no deeper than the color of one?s skin. It does not allow for diversity of thought, once considered the main purpose of institutions of higher education.

Today?s postmodern public schools are noteworthy only for their rampant sex, violence, drugs, teacher malfeasance, misuse of public funds, and academic failure. I thank God that I am not a youth in public school today. I thank God for guiding me to homeschooling as one of the surest options for ensuring my children achieve academic success for both advanced studies and good career opportunities, while simultaneously building a strong foundation in faith for a meaningful spiritual life in Christ.

I am not ashamed to say that Christ is the center of our family. Will I teach Christianity during school hours? Perhaps, depending upon the topic, especially in history studies. I will be working hard to ensure that the core studies are assimilated, but the most important thing to teach my children is how to think and how to learn, so that self-directed learning becomes a lifetime habit carrying them through their entire lives. He who stops learning is dead.

"They must be getting that at home," indeed! Yes, they will be getting that at home -- that, and a whole lot more!
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 10, 2005 6:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Brilliant Post! During my next web update, I will make a copy of this in the Articles section so that it doesn't get lost in the forum.

I get asked often why we homeschool my two young boys. We actually live in a "good" elementary and middle school district that have maintained an "A" grade as determined by the system. (the high school on the other hand has failed miserably!) But it is for just this reason of indoctrinating our kids that I refuse to have them attend a public school.

When I try to explain, some understand a little. Most look at me like i'm some kind of wacko!

Anyway, as for your Chinese characters all I see are 3 squares.
Father of 2 formerly homeschooled boys: Adam-15, Lucas-13
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 11, 2005 10:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just saw three squares as well.

Will I teach Christianity during school hours? Perhaps, depending upon the topic, especially in history studies.

The Bible is one of the greatest school books there are. I use Christianity in just about all my studies. However, I teach the pagan way and evolutionary way.

This is the nice aspect of homeschooling. Public schools don't allow this well rounded way of teaching. The teaching is all biased. In science, my sons get their lessons from a book that teaches evolution. However, on top of that I teach them the Creationists(starting with Genesis) way. They get both aspects, thus they gain knowledge in both. Once a year I have them tested. Since there is no creation in the tests they must know the religion of evolution.

I do use different Creationists books. I also use http://www.answersingenesis.org/
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 16, 2005 11:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Liberal domination of government education is among my top reasons for homeschooling. I went through government school, mostly in the 70's, and I don't remember any teacher of mine discussing politics with an extreme bias. That doesn't mean it didn't happen, but I don't remember it. Perhaps that's the point. What clearly denotes extreme bias to us, as adults, can travel unchecked into the minds of our children.

I assume you guys use the term ?school hours? loosely, or do you? In Florida there is no requirement to document how many hours are spent per day, or which hours those were. So we school whenever we feel like it, and I work outside the home, so I make my contributions in the evening. The way I see it, all of the hours in the day are my hours, and none of them belong to the state. Therefore, we could spend a solid month studying the bible if we so desired. And in return for that freedom, we continue to pay property taxes as if our children were in government school. If you really want to see local school boards combust, introduce legislation that offers tax rebates to homeschoolers. The problem is that, to the leftists in government education, tax rebates or breaks are just like stealing from the government, so in retaliation for the tax rebate, you would see an endless stream of new controls and requirements for homeschoolers. My vote is ?keep my money, I?d rather have control.?

The other two of my top three reasons for homeschooling are, in no particular order:
- Wasted time in just the mechanics of attending government school.
- Government ineptitude in all things not related to national defense.

Oh, and I just see three squares after your name in the original post? or are they slightly rectangular?
Kids ages: 8,5,2,2,and an angel at 6 weeks.
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"You can have it quick, cheap, or good,... but you can only pick two."
"We should learn from the mistakes of others, because we don?t have time to make all of those mistakes ourselves."
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 24, 2005 9:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I guess it's been awhile since this thread was last posted in, but it reminds me of a great book I bought a few months ago.

It's called Public Schools, Public Menace. It speaks at great lengths about the agendas and failings of American public schools. Additionally, it offers hypothetical and real solutions to the problem. I highly recommend this book to any parent -even if you're already convinced that homeschooling is best.

Great post, HuaJiaShuYuan. I can't see the characters either and a lot of your punctuation was replaced with question marks. I'm not sure if you care anymore, though! That was months ago...
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