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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Is removing textbooks from public school wise?

This has come up the past few years in our area here in WV.  Is removing textbooks from our public schools a wise choice?  Personally, I think it is not.  I am all for new technology, but our children still need to be taught HOW to retrieve information.  The library is becoming obsolete in our public schools I'm afraid!  My oldest is in 10'th grade and he tells me that he 'hangs out' in the library at lunch, not to read, but to chat with friends.  I'm happy he is in the library, but does anyone ever USE it? 

Well, homeschooling my younger two, we are at the library several times per week it seems.  It is the core of homeschooling for our family!  Children need to be taught how to get information they need or want to know.  For the record, the library in our area is awesome.  They are very homeschool friendly and are very helpful with requests as such.  The library offers several things people may not realize such as fax machine, copy machine, different types of free classes, internet, genealogy, tax and voting information, and much more!

It is a shame to hear that books may be replaced by technology.  Is it just the next generation or something more?  With facebook, twitter, cell phones, instant messaging, etc. we have no use for books?

What if our power source fails for any period of time and we don't have any technology use available?  I'm afraid this next generation and our civilisation would be lost!  Our banking, college classes, employment, etc. would be in chaos! Our bank accounts would be non-accessible... ouch! 

The Bible tells us that we should not fear times such as these but to trust God and he will take care of all your needs.  So at least there is peace and hope in our worries and concerns. 

Here are a very Bible verses I lean on when thinking about these things.

Jeremiah 29:1  
"For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 

Romans 8:28 
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. 


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