Man or muppet?

View William in the audition.

New Zealand’s got Talent Voting Poster.

William was home Schooled from the age of 11 as advised by the education dept, interesting he hasn’t looked back.

He has been composing music since the age of 4 and by age 7 had  became a Australasian Award Winner.

Home Schooling allowed him time for his music studies composing and travel.

William’s web site is  where you will find more info  on William.

Home Schoolers are more than welcome to come and visit William and see the music room if that would be of interest to them.

Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity

Mmmmm, what do you think?

The Things I Owe My Parents

  1. My Parents taught me TO APPRECIATE A JOB WELL DONE : “If you’re going to kill each other, do it outside – I just finished cleaning.”
  2. My Parents taught me RELIGION : “You better pray that will come out of the carpet.”
  3. My Parents taught me about TIME TRAVEL : “If you don’t straighten up, I’m going to knock you into the middle of next week!”
  4. My Parents taught me LOGIC : “Because I said so, that’s why.”
  5. My Parents taught me MORE LOGIC_* . “If you fall out of that swing and break your neck, you’re not going to the store with me.”
  6. My Parents taught me FORESIGHT : “Make sure you wear clean underwear, in case you’re in an accident.”
  7. My Parents taught me IRONY : “Keep crying, and I’ll give you something to cry about.”
  8. My Parents taught me about the science of OSMOSIS : “Shut your mouth and eat your supper”
  9. My Parents taught me about CONTORTIONISM : “Will you look at that dirt on the back of your neck!”
  10. My Parents taught me about STAMINA : “You’ll sit there until all that spinach is gone.”
  11. My Parents taught me about WEATHER : “This room of yours looks as if a tornado went through it.”
  12. My Parents taught me about HYPOCRISY : “If I told you once, I’ve told you a million times. Don’t exaggerate!”
  13. My Parents taught me the CIRCLE OF LIFE : “I brought you into this world, and I can take you out.”
  14. My Parents taught me about BEHAVIOUR MODIFICATION : “Stop acting like your father!”
  15. My Parents taught me about ENVY : “There are millions of less fortunate children in this world who don’t have wonderful parents like you do.”
  16. My Parents taught me about ANTICIPATION : “Just wait until we get home.”
  17. My Parents taught me about RECEIVING : “You are going to get it when you get home!”
  18. My Parents taught me MEDICAL SCIENCE : “If you don’t stop crossing your eyes, they are going to get stuck that way.”
  19. My Parents taught me ESP : “Put your sweater on; don’t you think I know when you are cold?”
  20. My Parents taught me HUMOUR_.* “When that lawn mower cuts off your toes, don’t come running to me.”
  21. My Parents taught me HOW TO BECOME AN ADULT : “If you don’t eat your vegetables, you’ll never grow up.”
  22. My Parents taught me GENETICS : “You’re just like your father.”
  23. My Parents taught me about my ROOTS : “Shut that door behind you. Do you think you were born in a barn?”
  24. My Parents taught me WISDOM : “When you get to be my age, you’ll understand.”
  25. My Parents taught me about JUSTICE : “One day you’ll have kids, and I hope they turn out just like you!”

Education options for Christians

From here:

When our first child was ready for school, we put her into a public school. We had reasons. We wanted her to be in the world, learn how the world works and be prepared. We wanted our family to be “light” in the world (for want of a clearer way of putting it) by teaching our children about the Lord and living that testimony with them before others.

But things came unstuck for us as we asked the children what they learned about at school. The answers often concerned us. Some of what the school taught as fact was not fact – it was philosophical or just plain opinion, and whatever it was, it was not in accordance with how the Bible says we should be raising our children.

Parenting and Apologetics

The recent brouhaha over Yale professor Amy Chua’s memoir regarding her “Tiger Mother” parenting approach has stirred the pot about the most effective parenting techniques like in this New York Time debate: Is Extreme Parenting Effective? The Christian community has also had its share of parenting debates: Scheduling infants? Or demand feeding?

Sometimes these differences come to our attention because there are theological concerns with parenting methods. Back in 1998 the Christian Research Journal published an article about a Christian parenting ministry called The Cultic Characteristics of Growing Families International. We also published a follow-up article response to that article. In 2003 we published another article concerned with extreme parenting methods called “Christian Families on the Edge: Authoritarianism and Isolationism Among Us.”

But CRI is also concerned with equipping parents to train their children to know what they believe. In 2009 author Chris Sherrod offered parents tips on why they needed to equip the next generation. Sherrod was correct when he stated: “First, we need a clear definition of what we’re looking for—do we want nice kids who don’t get in trouble, or passionate followers of Christ?”


Parenting 001

Does it seem like parenting has gotten more complicated? I mean, as far as I can tell, back in the day parents basically tried to feed their kids, clothe them, and keep them away from explosives. Now our kids have to sleep on their backs (no wait, their tummies; no never mind, their backs), while listening to Baby Mozart surrounded by scenes of Starry, Starry Night. They have to be in piano lessons before they are five and can’t leave the car seat until they’re about five foot six.

It’s all so involved. There are so many rules and expectations. Kids can’t even eat sugar anymore. My parents were solid as a rock but we still had a cupboard populated with cereal royalty like Captain Crunch and Count Chocula. In our house the pebbles were fruity and the charms were lucky. The breakfast bowl was a place for marshmallows, not dried camping fruit. Our milk was 2%. And sometimes, if we needed to take the edge off a rough morning, we’d tempt fate and chug a little Vitamin D.

Source: The Gospel Coalition

The End of State Education: Resistance is Futile

State Education

From Matt and Madeleine

The litany of the forces arrayed against quality state education systems is long. We believe these forces make state education’s decline inevitable. Without a thoroughgoing reformation of the fundaments of Western society itself, resistance is futile. The Borg is here.

We know that in New Zealand roughly one third of all graduates from state schools are functionally illiterate and innumerate. They cannot read supermarket shelf labels. Nor can they compare prices. We also know that on any given school day one tenth of pupils will be absent, without a conscientious reason. Truancy is systemic.

Recently we sought to interview potential candidates for a teaching position in our Christian school. These candidates were committed Christians; they were currently studying at a teacher training institution; they were zealous for their prospective careers–but they were unable to write a paragraph that was grammatically or syntactically correct. Apparently they had never learned through thirteen years of state schooling what a full-stop was, or how one was to begin a sentence. Yet, they had all graduated with “flying colours” from NCEA levels 11 through 13 in English! Sadly they were unemployable in our school.

Read the remainder at MandM here.


NASA: What will planes look like in 2025?

In late 2010, NASA awarded contracts to three teams — Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, The Boeing Company — to study advanced concept designs for aircraft that could take to the skies in the year 2025.

At the time of the award, the team gave NASA a sneak peek of the particular design they plan to pursue.

Read more and see the PICS here:

Double Eclipse Photos, Sun, Moon, and ISS

Amazing photo of the International Space Station passing in front of the Sun while the Sun was being partially eclipsed by the Moon!

H/T to /. !