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Life Experiences: Do They Count as Education?

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YES! It's called APPLIED LEARNING. This is an issue close to my heart, as you can probably gather from the video. Everyone has a particular thing that works for them and my bottom line is that people have no right to judge an educational path a family has chosen if that path is working well for the family. Homeschooling works for us, public schooling works well for others - consistency in the choice you make is key. Taking them in and out of a public school setting constantly can be disruptive and just not having a bit of structure in homeschooling can be as well.

(I love Karen's point about how we don't come to our decisions lightly. Chris can tell you how I ordered a hundred or so samples of curriculum and researched homeschooling for three years before choosing it.)

I rambled on and on in my submission but I have to share this: I met a family while in Nashville a couple of weeks ago, a family of five traveling across the country with their homeschooled children. They decided that before they buy a house and get entangled in a mortgage, they were going to take this once-in-a-lifetime chance to travel the country with their kids and teach them about America. The kids are videotaping and journaling their experiences which, to me, is educational gold. They're learning about other cultures, history, EVERYTHING. This, to me, is heaven. Obviously, it can't work for all, but for those who can make it work, wonderful.

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Is Valentine's Day Important to You?

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I hate the goobery Valentine's merch, the cheap white teddy bears, the wilted carnations in buckets of water at the gas station. I'm happy that the spirit of Valentine's Day is practiced at Team Loesch HQ year-round but because I am a shameless romantic, yes, I like flowers on Valentine's Day and the extra push to make sure that the day is a little more special than the others. Sad that for some, it's the only day they get.

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What I did in Texas

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Bullet form.

- Gave a presentation on some past political projects which I helped roll out.

- Ate the worst Greek salad ever.

- Sounded like Kathleen Turner whenever I spoke and tried not to cough on people.

- Got dramatically excited about this place:

When in Texas


- Where I did this:

When in Texas


- ... and got a boo boo on my knuckle because holy Moses I was not letting go.
 
- Looked up Southfork Ranch five times on Google Maps.

- Hummed this theme A LOT:


Both my mom and my grandma watched this, I never knew what was going on but I remember playing a jump rope game in elementary school called "J.R. Got Shot."

- Flew back home while enjoying great conversation with some brave men and women in uniform.
 
- Met some great Texans involved with politics on a state level.

- Talked to an atheist Randian.

- Listened to a brilliant tea party Democrat economist.

- Mentioned to Chris three times that the bars of soap in the bathroom were shaped like leaves.

 - Played a game of Count the Men Who Look Like Kenny Rogers in the Airport. (In Chicago. Not in Memphis.)

- Missed my boys terribly.
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