Like for most of the world it started off with "2 weeks to flatten the curve" last March ish time.
Then on and on it went, masks, no mask, masks again till now for no apparent reason.
I have never worn one and never will. My body my choice.
The children were told not to return to school in mid March until after the summer holidays. (September)
They rolled out zoom lessons like most places. And banned kids from going outside without an adult. That rule is still in place almost 1 year later. I let my daughter (9) go out when ever she wants or has a friend not brainwashed that is brave enough to swing in the park too.
She went back to school for just over a week then my partner Kate got a call from the school saying the PE teacher had a positive PCR test for the rona so Amelia and Kate (perfectly healthy) had to self isolate for 10 days. That was the breaking point for me and them.
Kate lost those days wages as she is paid to teach English & no show = no pay.
They send around police to make sure you comply so we phoned the health department and told them we are refusing visits from any government authority, and it worked.
Schools out for ever
We pulled our daughter from the state education system and I am home schooling here. Truth is since March except that one week back at indoctrination it has been me teaching her at home.
I requested all the school work she would have done in book form and they duly obliged.
Now what I have found is the amount of work she was supposed to study in a full day, she can do in under 1 hour. So what was the rest of the school day for? Who knows.
Instead of regurgitate and repeat she has now learned many life lessons she would never of had if stuck in a dingy old classroom.
Our spring project is making a 2 stroke buggy, it was going to be a gocart but farmland is more suited to the former.
I have downloaded a free CAD (freecad 0.16) software for Ubuntu and placed it in the education folder on her laptop, she now has to design it herself with minimal guidance from me except for the basic principles.
At only 9 years young she is making me very proud. Would she have been able to do this in that prison called school? Not a chance.
Many of us now
A new school opened up close by with disgruntled parents like us. They applied and were granted a license to teach either static or from home. Amelia is enrolled so as to not have to attend the other school system. It is a fully hands off school that leaves the education to the parents with only end of year exams.
We can also choose the exams we want them to be tested in so ours will contain engineering. I spent over 30 years in mechanical engineering so she should have a head start.
Life and the world
Since she spends so much time in adult company, she now already knows just by listening to our conversations that the WHO is a private company funded by big pharma and not a world system interested in her health.
She knows about Davos, the WEF, government crony corruption & all manner of things a 9 year old does not as a rule know. There is no helping that as children are like information sponges.
Are we bringing up a generation that knows the world inside out and can then change it? I hope so.
That is a Cagiva mito 125cc with a Yamaha rd 350 lc engine in it.
This is also a project for this season she has been working on with me.
She now knows how to use her imagination with regards to making something fit that has no right to fit.
We made our own brackets out of thick alloy. Made downpipes fit from a different bike. This week she gets to wire in a race ignition with hand held programmer to change the ignition curve. So she gets to solder, work with 2 different wiring diagrams and find a solution as to how to make it spark & run.
She does lose concentration and get angry sometimes but keeping her in the motivated zone is not so difficult.
She will also learn about heat shrink tube after soldering to learn why it is important 2 wires do not short on each other. Little lessons but for life.
Bit by bit
Baby steps I call it. We/I condense the learning to 4 max 6 hours practical learning and the same amount of time for fun. I do try and make her laugh all the way through anything we do. Learning should be fun not just being told what to do.
Anyway enough of me, have a super Sunday, hope my footy team beats Man Utd and catch you tomorrow, comments below :-)
Enjoy the rest of the week ahead.