Corporal Punishment and Modeling Right Behavior

Parenting is a rough job. We have relatively simple goals, but getting there is always the chore. When our children are young, we want to provide them with a place to learn and grow and mature. Our eventual goal for them is to grow up to be mature, responsible, happy, and well-functioning adults. One essential part of reaching that further goal is discipline.

We discipline our children in order to teach them the right way to interact with people and the world around them. Eventually, they will be grown and will need to know how to take responsibility for themselves as individuals. At that time, they will likely be working a job. They will need to know how to follow rules. Throughout the rest of their lives, they will doubtless have times where they are in personal conflict with others. These are all reasons that proper discipline is important. It is meant to prepare them for the realities of life. There is one method, though, that many parents choose for discipline, and it works against these goals.

Corporal punishment means physical punishment. In practice, this means that when a child has done something wrong, the parent inflicts physical pain on them in an effort to get them to not do that thing again. Some try to soften the reality of it by saying, “Oh, it’s just spanking!” But, changing the term doesn’t change the reality. Corporal punishment means using violence against a child in order to force compliance.

I used to believe that corporal punishment was a legitimate means of discipline, primarily because it works. Fear is a powerful tool. If you can produce enough fear in a person, you can get them to do almost anything. But, after having my first child, both my wife and I began asking whether corporal punishment was right. We began wondering what exactly we were modeling to our child by treating them that way.

As adults, when we have a disagreement we talk and figure things out. We don’t use violence to force our friends, co-workers, or neighbors to our will. We want nothing less from our children. We want them to learn to solve their problems, not use violence to force the other side to concede. When we, as parents, use violence against our children in order to force compliance with our rules, we are teaching them the opposite of what we should be teaching them. When we use violence in punishment, we are teaching them that violence is a legitimate means of conflict resolution.

We live in a world where powerful organizations like the state use violence in order to force compliance. The state decides what you can and cannot do, then uses violence against you if you don’t comply. Most people do not have a problem with this, and one of the primary reasons for this is that they were trained as children that violence is legitimate when done by someone in authority. Their parents used violence against them to bend them to their will, now the state uses violence to do the same.

There always are people out there who will use violence to accomplish their goals. There are those who will use violence to force compliance to their will. As parents, it is essential that we teach our children the opposite. Violence is not a legitimate means of conflict resolution. As parents, we must model this to them, showing that it is possible to interact without using violence.

There are other ways to discipline your children. There are lots of books and seminars about non-violent conflict resolution in the home. We cannot say we are teaching our children to function as healthy adults if we are teaching them that violence is acceptable in regular human interaction. If they have a disagreement with someone, they need to be able to work that out without violence. Also, if they want to see some change in the world, they need to know that violence is not the answer there as well.

Editors note: Ryan Burgett, the author of this piece has a blog that you can visit at ryanburgett.com

Lessons on a Hike

After taking a week or so off of hiking for a back injury, The family and I got back out on the trails after running errands this morning. It was a short hike, just a little over an hour or so but it was worth it. We had hiked this particular trail earlier in the year when most of the vegetation was still dead. This hike though was after a weeks worth of rain so the river was finally receding after it had overflowed its banks.

The vegetation had grown in, trees were in their full splendor and it was gorgeous. It was a great view and a way to put in practice using every moment as a way to learn. During the hike, my wife and I got to talk with Isaiah about snails that he found and what they eat ( they eat vegetation ), how they move, and how big they can get. Google showed us the answer to that last question. We talked about the tiny spiders we saw and the little bugs on the river were. A park worker explained to Isaiah and us that they were water fleas, which I had never heard of.

Isaiah found a few trees to climb, dead ones since the others had vines with thorns growing on them. We counted driftwood and worked on addition by the side of the river with the smaller pieces. We noticed that much of the undergrowth seemed to have been bent over and several areas had been washed away so upon further investigation, we found how high the water had risen once it flowed over the banks. This was pretty cool to see and to Isaiah, it was a wow moment that the river could go so high.

We found a bunch of mushrooms growing on fallen and dead trees, and he wanted to know if they were edible so we googled it. A good thing we did because they were not edible. His natural curiosity was on full display during the hike, asking questions as we went. It was great to see and interesting to note that as adults, we seem to lack this natural wonder that children have.

On the way back, after hiking the length of the trail, we stopped along the river to cross onto a small island in the river. We did so barefoot and boy was the water cold. Isaiah was pretty proud of himself after he climbed the sandy incline to get on top of the island. We explored a little bit, Isaiah found some bamboo he decided to use as a walking stick/sword. He taught me that it does indeed hurt to be whacked on the shin by a stick of bamboo. After all this hiking, questions, and learning together we decided to trek off the little island through the water to some rocks just off the river’s edge. We decided to take a break and watch Illiana and Isaiah play on the rocks and listen to the water rolling over the nearby rocks. Isaiah found some shells nearby and wanted to know why sea shells were here at the river. That led to an interesting discussion that eventually led to the question of if sharks could swim this far inland.

It was a great hike and a great example of how everyday moments can be learning moments for not only the child but the parent. These are the moments that children learn the most. They learn from parents while doing everyday things in what can seem like the most mundane times. Take advantage of these.

Have you and your children had times like this? What did they want to know about or what was the situation? I would love to hear about it. You can comment below! If you enjoyed this post, consider subscribing below!

Thirteen Other Reasons Why Schools Are Creating a Lost Generation

Netflix’s recent announcement that it would be producing a second season of Thirteen Reasons Why has raised new questions about the disastrous state of the US public school system and its effects on the economy.

“Hey, it’s Hannah Baker,” says the show’s protagonist, played by a stunning Katherine Langford in the opening episode. “Get settled in. Because I’m about to tell you the story of my life. More specifically, why my life ended.”

Today’s high school graduates emerge with few skills, little education and a sanitized view of the world. 

The Thirteen Reasons’ portrait of how a stifling, bureaucratic system progressively cuts this teenage girl to pieces, eventually driving her to death, provides a dramatized, insightful reflection on (another) emerging lost generation.

The statistics are grim: a third of 18- to 34-year-olds in the U.S. live at home according to the US Census Bureau. Homeserve USA finds that nearly one in three Americans can’t come up with $500 to fund an emergency. As if that were not enough, according to the US Congressional Budget Office, governments have saddled today’s young with more than $100 trillion worth of pension and healthcare debts.

The harder truth depicted in Thirteen Reasons Why is that today’s high school graduates emerge with few skills, little education and a sanitized view of the world. In short, they are totally unprepared to take on the challenges they face.

Following are Thirteen Reasons Why:

  1. Thirteen years in jail

In Thirteen Reasons, Hannah, the bullied protagonist has no way to escape a toxic environment. Her helpless position progressively worsens and eventually drives her to suicide.

Because education is compulsory in the United States, Hannah lives in a de facto prison. She cannot change schools or classes without parental approval and undergoing a humiliating bureaucratic process.

An education system that prioritized learning would put students at the center, leaving them free to choose their schools, classes, teachers and programs.

  1. American kids can’t vote

The challenges facing American kids are exacerbated by the fact that they aren’t allowed to vote. They thus have little stake in the system, no sense of responsibility and adopt a de facto poise of helplessness.

  1. Students come last

None of the dozen studies reviewed for this article assessed the US public education system based on students’ needs.

Governments prioritize public education based on its effects on national competitiveness. Businesses focus on getting skilled workers (whose training they don’t want to pay for). Teachers’ unions focus on salaries and working conditions.

The upshot is that students’ interests come last.

  1. Bloated administrations

America spends more per student than any other country yet ranks 14th in terms of results, behind Russia. Must of this is due to legions of highly-paid administrators that clog the system with rules, regulations and forms, few of which prioritize education.

  1. Kids taught to worship government; shun individual responsibility

The young have always been concerned with social causes. It’s thus hardly surprising that teachers would encourage students to prioritize government’s role in healthcare, welfare and environmental regulation.

However today’s public schools offer essentially no counter arguments about individual responsibility.

High school graduates thus emerge as easy prey for politicians who claim that near-unlimited government spending and borrowing are the cure for the nation’s problems. ( See the Krugman con ).

  1. Public schools teach no marketable skills

The greatest indictment of the public-school system’s actual performance relates to the fact that students graduate with no marketable skills.

If America’s kids emerged from schools able to read, write, do basic math, type, work as a team and use a half dozen common software packages, they would have something to show for their 13 years in the slammer.

  1. Banning Ayn Rand and Huckleberry Finn

Socrates’ motto at the Agora was to “question everything.” However public schools prioritize politically correct doctrine that consciously excludes key ideas and concepts.

Ayn Rand, the most important philosopher of the 20th century, is essentially banned from the public system, as is Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn, which Hemingway cited as the root of American literature. History teaching in America, as Niall Ferguson has noted, is sanitized to the point of rendering it almost counterproductive.

  1. State-directed curricula: one size fits all

Students vary as do the communities they live in. However a disproportionate amount of teaching is dictated by bureaucrats. This leaves teachers little flexibility to adjust based on students’ needs.

These differ based on whether the school in located in poorer neighborhoods where many students come from single family homes, or in upper middle-class professional communities where traditional family structures are more common.

  1. Kids graduate clueless about finances

Public schools teach essentially nothing about managing money, likely the single most important life skill a kid could have. Students graduate thus thinking that borrowing is fine.

This leaves them prey to America’s biggest predatory lenders: big universities, which have managed to saddle youth with $1.2 trillion worth of debts, many of whom have little to show for it .

  1. “Hoop jumper” worship: drives out the talented and curious

One of the biggest weaknesses in public and private schools is their collective worship of “hoop jumpers,” – that universal collection of the obsequious sorts that clutter Dean’s lists and other “Top Students” awards.

Students who challenge conventional thinking are smiled at and given a B.

This wouldn’t be a problem if schools were able to correctly identify top performers. However heavy state-defined curricula force teachers to “teach to the test.”

This leads to the advancement of drone-like students who are able to recite mindless data, massaged concepts and formulas, and more dangerously: with the need to guess and kow-tow to what teachers want them to say.

Worse, in two centuries of public schooling, teachers still fall for that old trap of giving the best marks to kids with nice hand-writing or to math students who get the wrong answer but manage to “show their work.” Students who challenge conventional thinking are smiled at and given a B.

The upshot is the students with drive, curiosity and creativity are quickly driven out.

The number one students – like John Maynard Keynes, the father of modern economics, who taught that the best way to get rich was to spend more than you earn – rocket through the system, and now run the nation’s central banks and university economics departments.

You get the picture.

  1. Powerful unions

In a world in which students are stuck in de facto prisons, teachers, who spend more time with them than their parents do, ought to be their biggest backers. They aren’t.

Teachers thus need to accept the lion’s share of the blame for the disastrous state of American schools.

That blame starts with the fact that teachers’ first priority has been to band into powerful unions, which put salaries, benefits and vacation time first and students’ interests last.

  1. Millionaire teachers

Many of the best teachers decline towards mediocrity as their careers advance.  

True, teachers perform one of society’s most useful functions. However during a time of strained public finances students’ needs must come first – not teachers’ salaries.

The teachers’ unions have been hugely successful. Median compensation for US workers is $28,900. Teachers earn $58,000, almost double that amount .

The gap between teachers and those communities they teach in is exacerbated by the fact that gold-plated, state-guaranteed pensions mean that public school teachers generally retire as millionaires.

If teachers were paid at market rates, there would be more money available to fund students’ needs such as smaller class sizes, libraries and computers.

  1. Mediocre teachers that can’t be fired

Teachers begin their careers ranked among most socially-committed of any professionals. But as with any human beings, a change takes hold of teachers once they acquire tenure and can no longer be fired.

Office hours and volunteer activities shrink, emails from students and parents are returned slower, if at all. The upshot is that many of the best teachers decline towards mediocrity as their careers advance.

This article is written by Peter Diekmeyer. This article originally appeared on FEE.org

Barefoot and Crazy!

We get a lot of weird looks, whether we are around our apartment complex playing catch, hiking with the kids, or just out and about in the stores on occasion. We go barefoot, a lot. We are not a bunch of hippies but we do have a very distinct parenting philosophy. We are barefoot parents.

By that I mean we go barefoot and encourage our children to go barefoot as often as possible as well. We also wear minimalist/barefoot shoes and yes….. my wife and I do have a pair of five finger Vibrams. This isn’t something we go around shouting from the rooftops, it is something we talk about when people ask why we do it. Going barefoot seems to make people uncomfortable. I am not entirely sure why. As an example, my son and I went to the store barefoot to grab a few snacks for a hike later and what we got were weird looks and a few smirks.

As parents, my wife and I have decided to take a barefoot approach to not only our children’s but our own feet as well. This was a dilerberate act, as shoes on kids can cause issues for their tiny feet. As for adults, it is a way to rehab the feet. Our feet have 100,000-200,000 exteroceptors in the sole of each foot. The feet give amazing feedback to your body on how to adjust not only your feet but also adjustments to the rest of your body as well. Your feet are your foundation that the rest of your body rests on and it is imperative that you have a great foundation to work with.

Strapping your childrens feet, which have no bones at all at first, into shoes is detrimental to their foot health and their ability to sense the world in which they live. Your children learn by touching, feeling, seeing, tasting, and interacting with the world around them, this includes with their feet! Let them explore the world unshod, their feet will toughen up and they will be able run along rocks, gravel, twigs, and things you wouldn’t believe that most adults can’t.

As for you parents, you should consider taking off the shoes and consider going unshod with those barefoot and crazy kids of yours as well. It will take a little while to build up your foot strength as well as a tolerance to the differing terrain you will encounter. As an example we went hiking a few weeks ago and my son and I hiked the majority of it barefoot. We hit a part of the trail that was almost like gravel, lots of small rocks littered the trail, my son was able to bound, run, hop, skip, along while I found it extraordinaily painful. I haven’t reached the level of comfort I want with my barefoot walking but my son has certainly found a level of comfort that I strive for.

This isn’t to say that we go barefoot all the time. There are times, like in the city, where we do not go barefoot to avoid things like broken glass and other hazards. In times when we don’t go barefoot we wear minimalist shoe’s. I have Lems primal 2’s  as well as pair of Lems Boulder Boots and a pair of five finger vibrams. My wife has a pair of Five Finger Vibrams and a pair of TadEevo’s. My son and daughter have a pair of Vivobarefoot Mini primus. We are happy with each one of these pairs of shoe’s. I would recommend each one of these to anybody wanting to transition from regular shoe’s to a more minimalist shoe.

Our parenting philosophy or our children going barefoot goes hand in hand with the other half which is for our children to be outside often. They learn best when playing as this allows them to test their limits and work on an internal structure from which they can build upon as they grow.

Video on Kids being barefoot

Another video on being barefoot

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A Quick Guide to Homeschool Cheap or Free

Do you want your homeschool money to go farther? Here is the guide for you!

I was involved in a conversation this morning on Facebook with a friend on how to start homeschooling cheaply. It can be difficult to start homeschooling when you do not have much money but you can do it.  This got me thinking of all the ways you can homeschool your children for cheap or even free!

To begin, this list will not be an all-inclusive list but a quick guide that I will add on to as I find more resources. I will have links to what I am I mention during this post as well.
One of the most expensive things a homeschool family can do is purchase a curriculum. They can be pretty expensive and a lot of families spend a ton of money on different curriculums that they only partially use or don’t like and they just get rid of them. Don’t spend full price if you don’t have to. Purchasing used can save you a lot of money. There are many websites that offer used curriculums like homeschooledclassifieds.com, homeschooltrader, and edacccents.com. There is one aimed at vegetarians that also homeschool called vegesource.com. There is even a yahoo group you can join here for used curricula. You can save some good money with these but let’s not forget those wonderful facebook groups for used stuff here are a few for you to check out here, here, here, here, and here. Some of them have cheap homeschool curriculum packages while others have just pieces of different curriculums to offer. You can also check out local homeschool groups, there might be some on yahoo groups, facebook or you might find information on them at your local library. Here is a link to get you started finding local groups. Lots of choices here for used homeschooling curricula and more!

Speaking of libraries above, they can be a great resource for you to use. As a matter of fact, you can homeschool nearly free with just a library card! Don’t believe me, here is one mother who does just that. You can find books on everything that you and your kids are looking for, get on the internet, find documentaries on many things and they usually have community events you can signup for and participate in such as reading time for younger kids or movie viewings for older kids. Our local library allows use to get discounts to some of the museums around here which make it worth it for us to have one. If, like me, you are a libertarian they are already taking your taxes for this service so use it since you paid or are paying for it. They can be your number one resource for homeschooling on a budget.
I mentioned the internet above, this leads me to the next big money saver, the internet itself and certain websites specifically.

There are many resources on the internet that I don’t think I could list them all here but I will list the best ones. The big one being Khan Academy. It is free and pretty useful. I used it to help me learn college algebra when I was testing into college. For little kids there is Starfall. This website has some free content and the rest is paid. It is a small fee for the paid content but I believe it is worth it. It helped our son learn to read. It has anything from letters, letter sounds, learning to read, math facts and more. It is a great resource. There is another place called Reading Bear, I haven’t used it but hear good things about it and it looks to be free. Does a free curriculum sound good to you? You can find one at allinone.com. Some say it is a bit light but you can supplement with other pieces as well. Here are some mo

Here are some more free homeschool programs online : Ambleside, Old-fashioned education, Mater AmabilisSas Curriculum, CK12, and Hippo Campus. Want audio books for free for your child? There is Librivox, these are books that are in the public domain and are easily downloadable. We can’t have the internet without being able to use youtube to help homeschool. Here is a list of 13 channels on youtube, here is one for the older homeschooled child. Here is a giant list of youtube channels. Let’s not forget that there is a facebook group for homeschooling using youtube just in case you need some help. Here is a group that also uses Roku, Amazon, and Netflix on top of youtube. You can also get unlimited Kindle books ( over one million titles ) if you subscribe to Kindle Unlimited.

Another resource that is overlooked is friends and family. They may have books and knowledge that you may not know they have. They can also help out if you are busy. If you have friends or family that homeschool as well you can swap books, curricula, go on group outings and more to save money.

My favorite way to let kids learn is to be outside in nature. There are so many things children can learn about themselves as well as the world by being outside that I advocate it often and loudly at times. This allows kids to experience the world, let’s them push limits, test themselves, and lets you use that knowledge that you have that you may have forgotten about to impart it to your children. I found that I was able to talk to my son about snails, worms, deer, caterpillars, spiders, moss, trees, and the wind all by going on a family hike. The best resource for your child and the one that costs nothing to use is you. You are your child’s best resource the one that will give the child the most knowledge even without trying. Be mindful and impart what you know to your child.

So what else do I have for this post? A few more links for you guys! Here is a link to a great resource to older political writings that are still relevant today. It’s the liberty fund, they have a wide array of writings that your older children may find interesting.

Tom Woods Libertyclassroom.com. Tom has given me some coupon codes if you want, for the basic use code MYBASIC. For the basic plus membership use MYPLUS and for the mastery level use MASTERY. The discount varies from 15 dollars for the basic to 100 for the mastery level.

Another source is the Tuttle Twins book at tuttletwins.com. Use coupon code PARENT for 25% off. These books teach about liberty and liberty principles. My son loves them!

The Ron Paul Curriculum is good as well. I know several people who use it and they love it. I plan on using it as a supplement to what my wife and I are doing. you can find it here Ronpaulcurriculum.com

I also have a resource page for learning Austrian economics Here.

Here is a link to a list of free courses, mostly for Junior High and Highschool age children. It looks like a small list but they are links to much bigger lists. You can find it Here on my resource page.

If you would like your children would like to learn Spanish or another language you can check out Rocketlanguages.com. Use Coupon Code LIBERTY60 for 60% off

The Mises Institute is a great resource as well. They have free ebooks and audio books. If you really want your kids to dive into the revolution I suggest Murry Rothbard’s Conceived in Liberty. If you are so inclined as to purchase one of the many books in their store, use coupon code LIBERTYPARENT at checkout for 15% off.

A quick list of the links provided:

homeschooledclassifieds

homeschooltrader

edacccents

Used homeschool curriculum yahoo group

Facebook Groups:

Used homeschooling curriculum facebook group

Used homeschooling books facebook group

Buy Sell Curriculum facebook group

Homeschooling buy sell Facebook

Buy sell trade homeschooling Facebook

Online Resources:

Khan Academy

Starfall

Reading Bear

Online Free Curricula:

allinone.com

Ambleside

Old-fashioned education

Mater Amabilis

Sas Curriculum

CK12

Hippo Campus

Mep Math

Discount Curricula:

Educents

Free Audio Books:

Librivox

Youtube Resources:

13 youtube channels for homeschoolers

Mega list of youtube channels

Tom Woods

https://www.facebook.com/groups/175586839279595/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/christianhomeschoolstreaming/

Extra Stuff:

Liberty Fund

Libertyclassroom.com

tuttletwins.com

Ronpaulcurriculum.com

Learn Austrian Economics

Free Courses

Rocketlanguages.com

Mises Institute

Mises Store

Conceived in Liberty

Updated and added:

Free Health Lessons 

MathaTube

K5 Learning

Free Deals

Math-Aids

Hands on Banking

Money Instructor  

Practical Money Skills

NetSmartz –

Just Sheet Music

Virtual Sheet Music 

27 FREE Science DVD’s

FREE Online Sign Language Classes

FREE Online First Aid Class

10 Tips for Homeschooling on a Budget

FREE Kids Money Games

13 more ways to score free homeschooling curriculum

200 FREE Educational Resources from Open Culture

FREE Resources and Lesson Plans on Environmental Health from the EPA

FREE Booklets, posters and more on different topics from the US Dept of Education.

NASA Kids Club

FREE Classroom Resources from the CDC

Free Dog Safety Checklist from the American Kennel Club

Free lesson plans and unit studies from Scholastic

Free Lesson plans from Discovery Education 

Free Civics Lesson Plans

Free Bible Lesson Plans (these are geared toward younger kids)

FREE Lesson Plans from PBS 

Free Lesson Plans from Wolfram Alpha

Free Lessons from the Bill of Rights Institute 

Free Poetry Lesson Plans from Poets.org

FREE Civil War Curriculum 

Free Astronomy Curriculum

Free Engineering Lesson Plans and Curriculum 

Free Lesson Plans on many different topics (history, money, art, science, government, safety, etc)

Free Wildlife Lesson Plans from the World Wildlife Federation

Free Homeschooling Planning Forms

Free Tech lessons from Google (use the drop down menu to sort)

Free Classical Music Lessons for kids

Free lessons on Colonial Williamsburg

Free Safe Internet Surfing for Kids curriculum 

Free Curriculum on Water 

Free Nutrition Games and Lesson Plans (they also have one on gardening)

Free MLK Jr. Lesson Plan

Free ESL lesson plans

Free Biology Lesson Plans

Free Art Lessons and projects

Free Mystery Lesson plans – for critical thinking

Free Teacher Resources from the Library of Congress

Free Energy Consumption Lesson Plans

Free Health Lesson Plans

Free Complete Curriculum from Easy Peasy All in One

Free Polar Bear Unit & Lessons

Free Preschool Halloween Pack

Free Farm Animals Puzzles Preschool Worksheets

Free Construction Themed Math and Literacy Worksheets

The Boys’ Life of Abraham Lincoln Free Audiobook 

Free Anatomy & Physiology Unit Studies

Millions of free books, videos, recordings and more from Archive.org

Free Endangered Species Coloring Book

Free Geography Quizzes

Free Art Lessons, Posters, Projects and More

 

You can also find some great resources on our free courses page as well as our Economics page!

If you have more resources that I can add to this post please let me know.

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What we do

I was on a podcast the other day and the interviewer asked me ” what do you do as far as homeschooling your children?” Well, I have never tried to explain it to anybody. I will attempt to lay out what we do in this post.

Let’s start from the beginning, We have a 4-year-old son and a 16-month-old daughter. There is not a whole lot of structure to what we do right now. The most important think for us right now is for our children to be playing outside in nature as much as possible. This doesn’t mean they don’t learn anything or that my son does not know nor been taught words or numbers. My son reads, he enjoys it. We don’t let him much screen time but if he wants to earn it he has to read a story to us. He reads whether or not he wants screen time anyway. Right now he is currently sitting beside me with my wife working on writing. He writes humungous letters right now but is progressing well.

He learned his numbers 2 years ago but hasn’t worked on it much since. He is starting to be interested in math and as his interest grows we will work with him on math facts and addition and subtraction using manipulatives. We have also used an online program called starfall.com that he enjoys that has reading, math, and other things you can do. He likes to try the more advanced stuff just to see how he does. We don’t really push him to learn anything right now, just following his interest.

With following his interests we have been able to talk about all sorts of stuff that probably wouldn’t be talked about any other time. He enjoys star wars so we talk about galaxies, stars, space travel, we watch the NASA live feed, talk about aspects of space, the moon and more. These discussions vary in depth and breadth but I believe are valuable. He enjoys them, we have lightsaber fights and play like we are flying through space.

My son also enjoys nature. We go on hikes, go to the beach, mountains and more. We actually just got back from a hike today. We talked about butterflies and caterpillars and how they change. We talked about worms and birds and the difference between ravens and crows. We explored a rock garden and climbed trees, played in a swimming hole underneath a waterfall. Looked at the fish in the swimming hole and found rocks that caught his attention. As we turned a corner on one of the trails there was a deer standing there. We got to talk about deer, what they eat, where they live and how high they can jump. There are learning opportunities everywhere!

The kid’s mind is naturally curious if you listen you can find what they are interested in and can find a lead in to help them learn from that one lead in. My son has a wide array of interests right now, some we pursue more than others but all allow for increased chances for learning. Take notice of these and exploit them to teach your children about what interests them.

As far as my daughter, there is not a lot going on right now. It is more of her learning how to move and use her body. Working on climbing with confidence, running, throwing and the like.

 

Your Nurse is probably a socialist

I know It sounds mean but it is most likely true. Almost every nurse I know believes in socialized healthcare. We talk about evidence-based practice, and how we model everything after the evidence (we don’t) yet these same nurses who claim to follow the evidence in their practice follow their emotions when it comes to healthcare.

I hear all the usual rhetoric from nurses that you would hear on MSNBC. Without it people would die, were the only industrialized nation that doesn’t have it, It is a right, those who don’t want it are heartless. Blah, Blah, Blah. I hear this ad naseum and when pressed, there is never any evidence. They don’t have any because there will never be any that shows that socialized health care has better outcomes than a free or mostly free market.

Now the issue here is that the United States do not have a free market nor a mostly free market in healthcare/insurance yet we don’t have the wait times. Our system is inefficient, but it isn’t government bureaucratic inefficient just yet. Although with the advent of ObamaCare and now TrumpCare, it will continue down the road to serfdom.

Most nurses, as a matter of their education, are taught the virtues of how a government run healthcare system is the best way to organize our societal healthcare needs. We are not taught the history of healthcare in this country. We are not taught how government intervention sought to solve a nonproblem or how government intervention begets more intervention and more problems. We are not taught how before our heavily government regulated health industry there were brother and sisterhoods, charities, lodges, churches and other ways people received healthcare along with other benefits such as unemployment and such. People were not dying in the streets. There were no mass deaths caused by a lack of medical care. We were taught that we need to have a centralized bureaucracy to run our healthcare system because that is what works…….with no evidence given. Questioning this, as I did in school, will get you singled out by your instructors. I found that out when I questioned the need for a government-run health system as well as why the teacher was advocating for more jail time for marijuana users.

What has happened is distortions in the market caused by government intervention. Doctors used to be able to make house calls, have lower patient loads, less stress. Now the average family physician has 2000-25000 patients. If we take a look at a less regulated aspect of the market, Direct Primary Care physicians we can see that cost is less, competition is more, and the value you get is much more. These doctors typically have 400-600 patients they do not accept insurance and the value they provide to their patients exceeds those doctors who accept insurance. My direct primary care doctor even makes house calls and my last prescription of anti-inflammatories cost me 7 cents for a 90 day supply. That is a free market value, not government run bureaucracy.

These nurses complain about our capitalistic hospitals and how they screw over patients yet a study shows only 10 percent of hospitals in 1992 were privately owned while the rest were government run. Even the privately run hospitals are heavily regulated, you wouldn’t be able to tell the difference. What these nurses are complaining about is the system they advocate, the biggest difference being that the hospitals and doctors get paid by the insurance companies based on the regulations the government set up rather than straight from the treasury itself.

With all the negatives these nurses see, they fail to look at what the real problem is seeing only the symptoms and misdiagnosing what the real issue is. Discarding evidence for a reliance on emotional arguments and misguided notions of justice. Being a nurse in the midst of a sea of socialist loving nurses isn’t easy but I try to convert them one at a time.

What do you guys think? Should we move to a more socialized healthcare system or move toward a free market? Are you a nurse? Do you see the love of socialism in the field?

Liberty Movement

Why being healthy is important to liberty to me?

Being healthy allows you to focus on bringing about liberty. It allows you to foster liberty in your life in an unfree world. When arguing with liberals and neoconservatives it can really drain your energy, being healthy can give you the endurance to do so. Kidding aside, being healthy allows you to enjoy the liberty that you hold dearly. I know for me, it helps give me a clearer head. While I am not where exactly where I want to be health wise, it gives me a way to relieve stress and actually gets our family together.

We don’t “exercise” in the conventional sense, we get outside and move! We try to move out in nature as often as possible. We don’t go to a gym or go jogging. We get out in nature and we move, we climb trees, hike barefoot, play in streams, bear crawl, jump, run across fallen logs and more. While this “work out” is not liberty, it helps me and my family enjoy it. I find that doing these things in nature is liberating in itself! Thats not to say that we don’t often break rules by playing in a stream we are not supposed to or going off of a hiking trail when the county or state park service puts signage up against it.

Being healthy allows my family and I to enjoy everyday. It allows my wife and I to have the energy to deal with two high octane children and help instill in them the principles of liberty. Being healthy allows us to not have to go into these heavily regulated government hospitals, and allows us to go see our direct primary care doctor here is a map of DPC providers. It allows us to have just catastrophic insurance rather than this crap the government mandates. It has lowered our risk for many diseases and allows us to enjoy the life we live.

To me, health is an intrugal part of the fight for liberty as well as to enjoy it. Now that I am getting older, nearing my 30’s now, I find that it is even more important. The natural vitality of my teens and early twenties has waned since I had stopped taking my health so seriously. Getting outside in nature, moving, running, playing, has brought back that young feeling. It has given me clarity in thought as well as a decrease in my stress. My wife and kids are happier as I have gotten my energy back. It has also allowed me more time to read as well. Sounds weird, more time outside playing has given me more time to read? Yup, given extra focus clarity, I have been more productive. More time to read, write, and discuss the ideas of liberty as well as guide my children in their learning.

As a libertarian I hear the argument that we see the world as atoms. I don’t see it that way, everything is connected, and I see health as an intrugal part of enjoying and increasing liberty!

How about you guys? Do you see health as an intrugal part of liberty? Comment below!

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North Carolina Hemp

I was reading a news article recently, here, and I came across something that I thought was odd. In this article Tom Melton who is the Deputy Director of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service among other things had this to say “If they can, they can sell it, and it can be a great new crop for North Carolina. We don’t know that yet. Nobody really knows,” he said. “We’re just trying to set up some rules so farmers can try growing it legally, the universities can do a little research on it and find out if it’s something we want to expand.” 

I found this fascinating. See North Carolina has essentially nullified federal law regarding hemp, the cousin to Cannabis. No matter how you feel about drugs, hemp should be legal as it poses risk and cannot be used as a drug. Hemp is still illegal to grow per federal law but many states have taken it upon themselves to allow their citizens to grow it in complete disregard of the federal law. I find this great but also concerning. Concerning for the above-bolded text. There need not be any rules regulating the growth of hemp. We know from history that it grows well here, not only in North Carolina but across the east coast and other portions of the country. It is a sustainable crop that has a myriad of uses from paper, to clothes, oil, food, biodegradable plastics and more.

My biggest issue with the above-bolded text is that there seems to be an assumption that people, without the guidance of a government agency, cannot grow hemp nor research its many uses. Another concern of mine is the restrictions and constraints put in place by the commission that is setting this up. You have to have farm experience, specific licenses to apply for the permit, then fill out the application. Only a few are able to farm hemp and those with felonies are not allowed to farm it nor help the farmers that do. This crop could be a huge boon for the State of North Carolina as well as the country. We currently import all of our hemp in the United States since it has been banned since the 1930’s.

In a remarkable turn from the beginning of the article where they were unsure of how and if it would be a productive crop in North Carolina, they admit it later on that it had been in the past “North Carolina farmers grew a lot of hemp for fiber production in the 1800s and early 1900s, before it was banned. “It’s a crop that we haven’t grown here since the 1930s here in North Carolina. As the market develops we hope to learn more about how to cultivate crops in North Carolina as a viable alternative for our farmers,” commission vice chairman Sandy Stewart said.” 

The ability to grow hemp here where I live is an exciting one, although the State government seems to want it regulated to a few for now. I will be keeping an eye on this as it develops further. Hopefully, the John Locke foundation will push for this to be opened to all who want to grow it instead of a select few.

What are your thoughts about hemp? Is it something that we should look into, are you excited about the possibilities, or do you not really care? Remember, this was done by local activist pushing for the nullification of federal law. The Tenth Amendment Center was instrumental in helping get this done. If you are looking for a place to help out, check them out and think about donating! We would love to hear from you. You can leave a comment below, subscribe on the side, and please share with your friends!

Convention of the States

Convention of the States?

In the the realm of things politicians do not want you to discuss is a little-known article in the constitution called Article V. This has been suggested by a growing number of people, now including the current governor of Texas, Greg Abbott, as well as presidential candidate Marco Rubio. With two high-profile politicians suggesting it, is it worth looking into?

To answer this is to put something subjective in my mind and supplant it with another. Since you are reading this though, I will take that as a sign that you would like to know what I think. I am open to an Article V convention. I think it will be a way to air out grievances, a way to propose amendments that would otherwise not get passed, and could show Congress and the Executive that the power to make law does not strictly sit with them. However, I do have some reservations. I worry about the dreadful amendments that could and would be proposed. I also think that it would be very difficult to get anything passed this way as well, since you would need three-fourths of the States to ratify any amendment proposed. Yet, this gives me hope that the amendments that could do horrible damage would not be passed (imagine amendments offered up by the likes of Bernie Sanders!).

How to have one.

So what does it take to have an Article V convention? You need two-thirds of the States to call for one, then after this the convention would take place. This is where specifics get difficult since this is not laid out by the constitution. I would think that the States, much like they did when ratifying the constitution, would elect delegates and send them to the convention to propose amendments to be offered to the States to ratify. I am sure there could be another way, but this is simply the American way the people speak through the States. After the convention the amendments would be sent to each State’s legislative body and be voted on to either be accepted or rejected.

After the Convention.

After the convention and where the States reject some amendments while accepting others, those accepted would be part of the constitution as the amendments are already attached. Some might nullify others while some could define or clarify portions, such as the interstate commerce clause. One would hope that this would allow liberty to push back the abyss which has been marching steadily forward.

Would it work?

Honestly, there is absolutely no way of knowing whether this would work or not. It could set this country back on the path to liberty and prosperity that we haven’t seen in quite some time or, if it goes horribly wrong, set us back farther than we can imagine. Like anything in life, it is a calculated risk and a decision should not be made lightly. I would hope that it would move us forward, however, I don’t deal in hope.

For more information, See Compactforamercica.com