If you could take back something you said in the last year, what would it be?
If you were to hang a motto in your home, what would it say?
If you were given $100,000 to celebrate someone or something, who or what would you celebrate?
If you were to fast-forward your life five years, where would you be and what would you be doing? What changes would people see in you?
If you were going to a costume party next week, what costume would you wear?
If you could grant any three wishes to one person, to whom would you grant them? Why?
If you could be any age for the rest of your life, what age would you choose? Why?
Within the next few days my wife will be giving birth to our fifth child. My wife and I aren’t exactly spring chickens. At our age there is better than a 1/200 chance that our child will have Down Syndrome. Down Syndrome, also known as trisomy 21, results when a baby has three, rather than two, copies of the 21st chromosome.
Two 84 year old gentlemen were sitting on a bench under a tree when one turns to the other and says: “I’m 84 years old now and I’m just full of aches and pains. I know you’re about my age. How do you feel?”
The other man said, “I feel just like a newborn baby.”
“Really? Like a newborn baby?”
“Yep. No hair, no teeth, and I think I just wet my pants.
Two 84 year old gentlemen were out walking.
First one says, “Windy, isn’t it?”
Second one says, “No, it’s Thursday!”
First one says, “So am I. Let’s go get something to drink.”
Two 84 year old gentlemen were talking and one said, “I just bought a new hearing aid. It cost me four thousand dollars, but it’s state of the art. It’s perfect.”
“Really,” answered the other gentleman, “What kind is it?”
The first one answered, “Twelve thirty.”
Finnish educational theory seems to be almost opposite of that in the United States. Children start school at an older age, not younger. Students spend more time playing, not working. Students spend less time doing homework, not more. Yet, Finnish students far surpass their American peers. Should we reassess our educational theory? Is there a relationships between the approaches taken by Finnish educators and American homeschoolers?