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Core Curriculum

Ever since Core Curriculum entered our schools, I have been concerned. And as I watched the past couple of years and saw what was happening to our children, I became more and more concerned.

I was a teacher for many years and I know that children learn in different ways.  I am not adverse to different methods of learning. I am against forcing one style of learning on all children. I will use math for an example.

My son could do math problems Junior High and up without showing any work, which of course teachers want to see to see that you really knew what you were doing.  He just accomplished things in a different way than other kids. But, I most certainly did not force all my kids to do like he did.

We have to know our kids in our classrooms and pay attention to how they learn and what gives them the skills to do the work. I have watched our little school here struggle and more and more kids were dropping out of school because they could not do Core Curriculum math like they wanted and their parents did not understand it either.  And our school is in jeopardy of being closed and turned into a private school.

Bill Gates spend a lot of money and I mean a lot pushing the Core Curriculum into our schools and I asked myself why? Was it to create more revenue for computer devices as the schools are going book-less many of them and using tablets only?

When I taught school much was memorizing and teaching what it meant but they do not do that anymore. Many children do not even know the multiplication tables. I feel like Core Curriculum has taken our children down instead of up. And my prayer is they remove it from all the school and go back to standard learning before it is too late for our children.

Keep in mind that this is one person’s opinion..mine. I know many feel as I do as I have talked to parents and teachers. The teachers that seem to love it are the ones just out of college that said they were told they could do anything in their classroom as long as they agreed to core curriculum. And they said they loved it and loved having a planning period (wow never had one when I taught) and could even put their class in another teacher’s classroom if they needed a break and the other teacher could do the same.

It will be interesting to see what happens to Core Curriculum in the coming year.

April 14, 2017 Posted by | Personal opinions | , , , | Leave a comment

Religion

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I am a person of faith between me and my creator. I have said for a long time that I am not an advocate of organized religion for they become man-made organizations. If you read the gospels, you will find that Jesus did not send his disciples out to build big churches. He sent them out to spread the gospel and in turn create more disciples. He also warned his disciples going out not to call themselves Rabbi (or a title) for they were all “just brethren”.

I see so many churches with all these rules and regulations and talking about pastoral authority. But if you read Jesus words you will find that he says to not elevate themselves and that they are as low as the lowest person they talk to. I truly believe this is where man inserts themselves in the word of God when they make up all these rules and insist women are below man, etc. I have personal beliefs on what I do and do not accept or believe in but those are mine and it is not my job to force others to believe how I do..

Now, I go to a tiny church but I do not advocate all the things the pastor says because it goes against what I have learned. But, it is also part of enjoying fellowship with other believers. This little church is a tiny one room church. A lot of what we do is study the Bible which is what we are supposed to do. I do not call myself a Baptist, Methodist, Presbyterian, Catholic, etc. I just call myself a follower of Christ. I do not believe in forcing my beliefs on others and I do not believe in judging others. And I do not argue with people over “Religion”.  That to me is forcing “man’s view” on others. I would rather just tell them if they want to hear about how God has affected my life.

April 5, 2017 Posted by | Inspiration, Personal opinions | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Activist Or Stumbling Block

Activist or stumbling block? Which one are you? I have thought about this for a long time. I believe in being active in your beliefs, in peaceful marches, peaceful protests and everything else that is legal to try to make changes in our country. Sadly, a lot of what I see lately is just stumbling blocks and we need more than that for our country.

If you are going to protest, march, etc know why you are doing it, what you hope to accomplish, what do you have better to put in place. If someone just screams “do your job” over and over to stop any discussion then there is no thought to what they are doing. They have no better plan or any idea of what they are trying to accomplish.

As I have said before, I do not like parties and do not belong to either one. I am an American and I look at each politician individually and personally. I want to know what they voted for, what they have or have not done illegally and are they someone good for our country.  As we all should know for it has been in the news, people from all parties have done things that are not good. You can not just say you will vote straight down the line for one party. You may be putting someone in office that is very bad for our country.

If you have no plans of what would be better to put in place, if you have no direction and are just resisting to resist, then you are doing futile work. In fact, I will be so bold as to say that many of the ones doing all the fussing, arguing, resisting are accomplishing something that they do not want of the next election. They are turning people to the other side.

Really passionate activists know why they are protesting and it is not just because their party did not win. They know what they hope to accomplish, they know what and why they are resisting and they are not filled with hate and anger. I so wish some of these hate filled protestors, activists, marchers etc would take the time to sit quietly and research what they want, why they want it and what would be better. Then people might listen more.

April 2, 2017 Posted by | Personal opinions | , , , , , | 4 Comments

Missing Children

I am deeply concerned and saddened because every day I see on a page on FB that I follow called “Find the Missing”, children, mostly young girls between 11 and 17 who are missing. Some have run away thinking that they are smart enough to handle what may come and some abducted.

We all know there are pedophile rings out there and I have begun to believe they are working overtime to get these children. I recently watched on Dr. Phil his show on children being abducted by the sex trade. What this young girl told happened to her made me literally sick to my stomach. She was terrified Dr. Phil would send her back which of course he had no intentions of doing.

I believe that parents have got to teach their children the dangers out there in the world. Social media and fancy cell phones have made it easier and easier for children to be abducted. We as parents need to be moderating these phones, putting trackers on these phones and checking behind our kids. The world is no longer safe for people and especially for our children who are not old enough to see the danger in what they do.

We are not their “best friend” or their “buddy”. We are their parent and with that comes the responsibility to make sure our kids are safe, are taught well and have the tools to avoid some of these situations.

March 25, 2017 Posted by | Personal opinions | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Hate Destroying Our Country

I have seen so much hatred, so much desire to want to destroy our government and our country and so much ugliness and it makes me very sad.

IF and I say IF our country gets destroyed, it will not be by Republican or Democrats. It will be from hate. Hate is such a destructive emotion and damages not only those around someone who is filled with hate but also destroys the very heart of the person hating.

People who are consumed with hate lose perspective. They lose the ability to reason rationally and do things that jeopardize not only themselves but their jobs. They say and do things because they want to get even with whomever they are hating.

Those hating are trying to stop people from having their own opinions. If you do not agree, you get called names like racist, etc. Those hating lose sight of the fact that our country is based on freedom and I totally support peaceful protests, peaceful marches, and other ways of peacefully getting their opinion across. But I do not condone those who destroy businesses, homes, cars, injure other people and spew hatred at them.

I believe we start where we are at trying to bring peace and reason to our little corner of the world. I do not have to agree with you for us to be friends. I just have to treat you with kindness. Someone who has a different opinion than me does not destroy my opinion. It does not threaten it. So, why would I need to react with such hatred?

I know there are many out there who feel like I do and do not want hatred to destroy our country or even the world. People just have to recognize what hatred is doing.

March 24, 2017 Posted by | Personal opinions | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Changes Coming To My Blog

Due to some drastic health changes, my blog is going to change. I have spinal cord problems along with all my other health issues and being told surgery would make me paralyzed from the waist down and not having it, I will end up that way anyway, I decided to not have the surgery. But, it has drastically affected my life. I can not sit long, lay long, stand long without extreme pain. There are some other issues but I am not going to go into them. Just letting you know why the change.

I am going to be doing small posts called Simply danLrene’s Opinion. It may be a paragraph on something in the news, something that strikes my opinion, something I see or hear. Just whatever. If anyone has any ideas you can send them to me. If you are wanting to troll and write hate comments or argue, remember this is just my opinion. Everyone does not think the same and everyone has the right to their opinion. If you decide to attack, hate, etc, your comment will never reach my blog as I filter all of them. I ask people to just be kind.

Be back soon with my first Simply danLrene’s Opinion. 🙂

 

March 24, 2017 Posted by | Personal opinions | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Thoughts on Friendship

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Friendship is a wonderful thing.  People have all different definitions of friendship. And there are many different levels of friendship. I have friends that I have had since high school and have not seen them since high school but I still consider them friends and even though we do not talk, if they called me and said I need you…I would do my best to be there.  I have friends I talk to daily. I have friends I talk to occasionally. And I have friends I no longer speak to. And I have friends that I find that I can not really associate with because I do not believe in what they are doing. It violates my values but I still care about them. I still love them.

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Because of social media outlets, the real meaning of friendship has become blurred.  People do not know what real friendship is. With social media outlets you will hear people tell you they love you and they are your friend and they totally support you and then the next day they may be with another set of friends. That is not real friendship. To me, it just says that they are adept liars and after whatever they can get. And when the next well runs dry, they will move on to another.

“Where does all the fake love come from? Is it them or is it me?
Unknown

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“True friends are like diamonds, precious but rare.  Fake friends are like fall leaves, found everywhere.
Anonymous

Nor do many know what real friendship is NOT.  It is not agreeing with everything the other person says or does. It is not lying for them or defending them when they are wrong. It is not never getting irritated with them or angry with them. I can not imagine a real relationship where no one ever got irritated or angry or never said something the other person did not like. We are not the Stepford Wives here. It is standing by them even when you disagree. It is feeling free enough to say I do not agree with what you are doing or saying. Real friends are totally honest with each other and do not expect someone to mirror what they want. They could just look in the mirror and get that. Real friends are trustworthy and if you talk in confidence, they keep it in confidence.

A  friend can tell you things you don’t want to tell yourself.  ~Frances Ward Weller

I personally am the type that if I am your friend, I am your friend. I do not put conditions on it. I do not leave you because I do not like what you say or do or do not like that you disagree with me. I do not expect friends to be perfect. I do expect them to be honest but even when they are not…I am still a friend. And I am honest with friends, even when it is to say I do not think what you are doing is right.  I love in spite of….not because of. That is a real friend in my definition.Real friends do not have to pretend or agree just to make someone happy.  The only thing that makes me back away is when I am attacked or I find that people are lying to me. Something I personally can not stand. But, even when I back away…I am not like so many and just turn my back. I am still a friend. See, friendship does not end just because one person says they are no longer a friend. Not if it was a real friendship in the heart.

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With so many using “friend” in so many different ways, I decided to see what the Bible said about friendship and friends. For I find that sometimes people use the word friend to mean someone who shows attention, someone who agrees with all you say, someone who gives money or gifts…and the real meaning of a real friend…a good friend…is lost in all that

Proverbs 18:24

A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
Proverbs 27:5-7
5-Better is open rebuke than hidden love. 6- Wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses.
John 15: 12-15
My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.  Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.
 Ecclesiastes 4:9-10
Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work:  If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!
 Proverbs 12:26
The godly give good advice to their friends; the wicked lead them astray.
Galatians 4:16

16 Have I therefore become your enemy because I tell you the truth?

 I never thought about it in terms like above but I do believe in telling the truth as gently as you can but always the truth. And yes, occasionally I have had someone I considered a real friend get mad because they did not want to hear the truth and I became the enemy.  Which is sad but I still would tell them the truth again.

I started reading on quotes on real friends. I loved this one for only a real friend will tell you the truth even when you do not want to hear it. A real friend will not let you go out looking bad. They will try to stop you when you are doing something that will get you in trouble. A real friend cares about YOU.

Only your real friends will tell you when your face is dirty. 

~Sicilian Proverb

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The friend is the man who knows all about you, and still loves you. 

~Elbert Hubbard, The Notebook, 1927

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A true friend never gets in your way unless you happen to be going down. 
~Arnold Glasow
I am so blessed to have some of the most wonderful real friends in my life. Do we always agree? No. Do they always tell me what I want to hear? No.  But they do love me in spite of not because of and they remain true to me and lift me up and I feel that daily from them. They make my world so much brighter and fill my life with laughter and joy and I am so thankful for them. They lighten my burdens my sorrows and multiply my joy.

A real friend is one of the nicest things you can have, and one of the best things you can be.

  ~Douglas Pagels~

“Nothing but heaven itself is better than a friend who is really a friend.”

~ Plautus~

October 9, 2016 Posted by | All | , , , , , | Leave a comment

We CAN Choose The Right Thing To Do #HarveyandKirbySample

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I have always believed that life was about choices. We can not always choose what happens to us or others but we CAN choose how we respond to it. And we CAN choose to do good instead of harm.

Last night I was trying to catch up on the news and came across a report that caught my attention and my heart. A Detective  was trying to apprehend a man who stole money from a convenient store and came running out of the store. He struggled with the man trying to get him under control and handcuffed and as seems to be the usual, there were people standing around filming hoping to catch another bad cop video to put on social media.

The Detective yelled for someone to help him. Two men and I will note that they are Black, who were filming and admit they were filming because they hoped to catch another bad cop in action decided to help the officer. One man was still holding his camera as he helped wrestle the man to the ground and be handcuffed.

Now, wait a minute. This is not how the story usually goes, is it? Since when do the ones that believe all cops are killers come to help a cop?  This shows we CAN make good choices instead of ones that are harmful like standing by and doing nothing and doing nothings is a choice too. And wait a minute, since people believe all cops are racist and murderers and all whites are racist and all blacks are thugs, where did these two men come from for they are certainly NOT thugs. See how harmful labels are.

This is a story I wish more media would pick up and more people would pay attention to. Color should not matter when it comes to helping someone. It should not matter period but many will not help someone who is not of their race. And these two men are heroes in my book for they decided if they went and helped then maybe a shooting would not happen.

This brings up a point that many do not seem to understand. We should be on the ride of right no matter what color, what sex, what religion, etc. And right in this case was helping the officer subdue the man before more force was needed. And their help was greatly appreciated by the officer.

It truly is time we drop the labels. They belong on soup cans not on people. We are all one thing….human beings. And it is time we dropped the hate. YES, we need to clean up some of the training used by law enforcement and get rid of the few that are truly racist but I think these two men saw that being a police officer is not always an easy job and saw that a white man was trying to avoid hurting the offender.

I hope you will take the time to watch the video and read the link for it is a really uplifting one and shows me that we can find peace among people if we want to.  I hope and pray that we can learn to look at people and see their hearts instead of their color, religion or sex. I hope and pray that we can start looking for the positive instead of looking for “another video to prove a cop is bad” or anything else negative. We are what we take in and if all we take in is negativity and hatred, then that is all that our hearts will be filled with.

This in the article is so true. “What the incident captured instead wasn’t the worst aspect of police brutality, but the best example of officers and citizens banding together.”  And until we are willing to come together instead of keeping the division going, we will not have this kind of cooperation.

Bystander expects to record police brutality, ends up helping officer

http://www.cnn.com/2016/09/28/us/bystander-expects-to-record-police-brutality-ends-up-helping-officer-trnd/index.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+rss%2Fcnn_latest+%28RSS%3A+CNN+-+Most+Recent%29

#HarveyandKirbySample, #unity, #overcomingdivision

September 29, 2016 Posted by | All | , , , , | Leave a comment

I Am Not Into Conspiracy Theories, BUT….

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Now, let me start off by saying that I am not into conspiracy theories, BUT there comes a time when you have to wonder. I am sure everyone has been seeing all the theories on HRC and what is wrong with her and is she using body doubles because she is so sick. I saw the video of her collapse at the Memorial service and the seizure like episodes and that is not normal health.

Let me clarify something before I talk about all of this. I am not a Democrat nor am I a Republican but I am definitely an American. I vote by the person not by party. When people ask me what I am I always tell them I am an American. I personally hate “parties” and think they have been the downfall of our country.

So, back to the conspiracy theories out there. People and a lot of people believe they are using body doubles for HRC and have gone to great lengths to try to prove their point. They go by eye color, by hair, by weight, by her hands, by her smile and her wrinkles and the list goes on. Some of them have great points but you still never know truth from fiction.

These are the things that make me think that HRC is critically ill and that the Democrats are trying to hide it. First off, main stream media avoids mentioning anything about all these health issues even when they are quite obvious. If there is nothing to hide, why hide it. The videos I have seen of her appearing to have seizures, the blue glasses, the collapse to where they literally threw her in the van leaving her shoe behind tell me something is bad wrong with HRC. Why are they hiding it, why is she avoiding the media, why is she having all these spells? And all through all the coverage that is done by individuals and smaller news media, my mind is screaming “Does NO ONE care about this woman’s health????”  That is what bothers me.

So then I have to ask are the Democrats, the Clintons and everyone around her so determined to get her into office even though she is very ill that they would lie and hide things? Of course we know politicians lie so that answers my question but I just can not fathom that Chelsea and Bill love HRC so little that they would let her be treated like luggage, led around by a handler, doubles used for her and her even being reported that she was dead. So, what is going on here?

I have a video. There are many of them out there on you tube. Just look for them. But this one makes valid points with pictures of HRC.  So, I ask you to please with an open mind watch the video and do not fall into cult like mode where you will defend anything and everything. We have brains and we have reasoning powers. Some we can say oh just conspiracy theories. But a lot like how does Hillary change weight within a couple of hours, how does she go from wrinkled on her neck and face to a firm neck and barely any wrinkles, from blue-eyed to brown-eyed and back are things I think anyone with any sense would say what is going on here.

I do not mind anyone disagreeing with me but I ask that no hate and attacking be done. We will never come together as a country if we remain so divided that we are not willing to listen to things that are happening and I want someone, ANYONE to care about her health. I may not have been for her as President but I definitely am for her as a human being and what I have seen is horrific for her to go through. Can we put politics aside and look at HRC as a human being who deserves to be treated right and taken care of health wise?

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September 23, 2016 Posted by | Inspiration | , , , , , | 2 Comments

Combating Ugliness With Love

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Turned out to be a longer sabbatical than I thought it would be but a much-needed one. Things are still rough as my spine is not fixed yet, I am being sent to a vascular doctor for my feet and lower legs and just had endoscopy which showed up one large ulcer and three smaller (not small…just smaller) ulcers in my stomach. I go back in six weeks for a repeat to see if the meds are helping.

I have wanted to write on this topic for a while. It seems the world wants to keep dividing instead of multiplying or uniting like we should. We pass around more labels than ever before and labels belong on soup cans. And I look at the destruction that has been done to my country over the past months and think with such sadness of how we all came together after 9/11 to join forces: No division and no fighting just bringing unity. I pray it does not take that again for us to wake up.

So, what has laid on my mind and heart is this. Every time we pass on a picture of ugliness, or racism, of killing, of extreme negativity we are helping keep it alive. Did you ever think about that. We think we are helping but all we are doing is reminding people of things that keep people divided. There is just so much craziness that if I did not have the complete faith in God, my Father, in Christ, my savior, I might succumb to the fear so many have. I just know that God takes care of his own. And I also know that when people are in a state of fear or anger, they do not think rationally. I truly believe that we need to have better investigation of these crimes and I believe the media needs to quit feeding info to keep people stirred up.

I have never constantly pushed my health issues in the front for everyone to see. Why?  Because I don’t want pity, I don’t want attention, I just want to serve the Lord and if it means doing it hurting then so be it. I believe Satan keeps throwing these things at me so I will stop working for the Lord but I will not stop. And I know when I can not go a step further, God is carrying me.

So, lets talk about unity. We can not have unity if all we do is use labels. Labels divide and make distinctions between us.  When we label others or ourselves, we are drawing a line saying they are different from me. How can you unify if we are always putting labels on everything. I remember watching a Black man teaching his daughter who started school for the first time and he had her repeating things like….I am good, I am not bad, no one is better them me, I am kind, I am beautiful. I thought it was beautiful because he was trying to prepare her for the ugliness that can occur when we send our kids off to school.  And where do these kids who yell out obscenities and name calling learn how to do this? Someone has TAUGHT them whether it be  the parents, the grandparents, the siblings…someone close to the child has taught them to hate and name call.

This is my take on these riots. When they destroy property and hurt people, they cease being a rioter and become criminals. Some Blacks were out there trying to get people to stop fighting and to talk but they would not. They even tried to set a journalist on fire and the journalists said it was too dangerous to stay and cover the story now. When has it ever been that bad in our country before besides Ferguson and Baltimore and this case.  How is this helping the situation? Or is the hate and name calling increasing the violence?  I think adults should be able to discuss and I do not think any person, cop or not, in their right mind would be showing up with the intent to kill, not with the way the hate climate is right now. There will always be ugliness in the world, on the internet and we have to make a choice to NOT fall into their games to get us to react. I recently had a “self-proclaimed Christian” make disparaging and insulting remarks about me and because I have known this person for years and years and know what they are truly like, I just had to smile and go on my way. I could have let myself get drawn into the drama that they like to stir but I do not like games and I definitely do not like the drama. Life is full of choices and I don’t need flowery religious pictures and quotes to get my point across. Life is full of choices including being happy and we have to choose just like we have to choose to not get caught up in the hatred, racism, and games people like to play.

September 22, 2016 Posted by | Inspiration | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

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