Start Collecting Old Textbooks!

Traditionally, the state of California (with its enormous school system) is where most textbooks were promoted and sold first. California has used this power to affect what kind of information went into textbooks, and what did not.

Over the past 30 years, all sorts of sexually fixated groups have worked hard to make sure their special interests were reflected in modern textbooks, and some of them have had great success, to the point that today’s school children are being taught all about historical figures’ supposed sexual preferences, with little if any concern for whatever qualifies them to be historical figures in the first place.

According to Gilbert T. Sewall, director of the American Textbook Council,

What in the world is a television personality like Ellen DeGeneres doing in a first-grade social-studies textbook? If you ask, many educators will look at you funny. If you exclaim that these are little children, that lesbian is a complicated word for six-year-olds, or that age-inappropriate might be an understatement here, heads will shake. If you say that sexualizing historical figures like Emily Dickinson or Florence Nightingale marginalizes their achievements, they will think you are the problem to overcome…..Not just in California but nationwide, curriculum supervisors at all levels, by law or partiality, won’t consider volumes unless they align to multicultural premises. Old-style textbooks have been taken out of print. As a result, teachers and parents are finding it close to impossible to avoid lessons saturated in identity politics.

This issue affects homeschoolers, who need textbooks. Start snapping up old textbooks (the older, the better) while you can. I suspect they will hold their value as long as modern textbooks continue to be steeped in LGBTXYZism.


iPads for Homeschooling: A Pain or a Godsend?

When my grandparents went to school, they carried along a little slate (chalk board) to do their schoolwork as directed by their teachers.

When I went to school, we used textbooks that were owned by the school.

Today’s schoolkids have begun using iPads for doing schoolwork and reading textbooks. Advantages including saving the cost of print books and never being able to say they lost their homework.

I’m wondering how useful this would be for homeschooling. For one thing, homeschoolers aren’t usually the wealthiest people in the world, and iPads aren’t cheap (though we can expect the price to come down over time.) And if you buy one for each child, well, now you’re really talking a few bucks (the Duggars would need a home equity loan to pay for iPads for everyone!)

You’d also have to block out Facebook and Twitter and all the rest of the social media suspects, or no one would get any of their schoolwork done.

So what do you think? I’m removing the affordability factor by asking: if someone gave you $500 per child to buy iPads for homeschooling, would you do it? Do you think it would make homeschooling easier or harder?