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Author: Katie Abercrombie

Are Parents Missing the Point?

When I was growing up, I can only remember having two or three birthday parties (for me) and I don’t remember my friends having them every year either. When I had my own children, we started off...

4th Grader Suspended For Having an Imagination.

A 4th grader in Kermit, Texas, was suspended from school last week after he said he could use his “ring of power” (Tolkien reference) to make a classmate disappear. It was his third suspension...

Kids and Technology

When my kids were growing up, we were a pretty tech-savvy family for that time period, the 1990’s into the 2000’s, but the amount of tech in our home was pretty simple. A Nintendo system, a PC,...

Adam Lanza Was NOT a Homeschooler.

After the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, on December 14, 2012, Governor Daniel Malloy created the Sandy Hook Advisory Committee “to review and recommend...

What Defines a “Parenting Expert”?

When my editor assigned me the “Parenting” beat on PolitiChicks, I had to laugh. After all, I quit teaching parenting classes over twenty years ago – not because I did not enjoy the classes...

NEW Parenting Section’s Katie Abercrombie: Parents Are the Key to Educational Success

For the past twenty years, I have been homeschooling my four children. They are all grown now, and, except for my youngest, finished with college and out “doing their thing.” I loved teaching my...

September 11: Memories of a Homeschool Mom

I was cleaning the toilet. I’ll always remember that I was scrubbing the toilet when my kids ran into the bathroom to tell me that the Twin Towers had been hit. I was working in the Sears Garden...

Is Burger King Unpatriotic?

Burger King is buying the Tim Horton’s doughnut chain and moving its headquarters to Canada, where it will receive a significant tax break. As noted in Investors.com, here in the US, corporations...

1st Amendment Case Wins at North Carolina University

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people...

Obama vs. Supreme Court

The June 30 Supreme Court ruling dealt a blow to the big government policies of the Obama administration. Last week, the court ruled unanimously against Obama’s recess appointments of “political...

Is NPR Becoming Pro-Gun?

One certainly never expects to read an article on NPR that is remotely positive toward gun ownership, but their review of Charles E. Cobb’s book, This Non-Violent Stuff’ll Get You Killed: How...

Is Another Clinton Presidency Inevitable?

Hillary Clinton has been in the news a great deal lately, partly because of the launch of her new book, Hard Choices, and the obligatory book tour, but not all of the coverage is favorable. The...

Is Common Core Out of Florida?

The state of Florida is the next state to dump the Common Core State Standards with the controversial standards being declared dead in the Sunshine State by Governor Rick Scott. In an interview...

Florida Rep. Corrine Brown…Um…

In a hearing about the Phoenix veterans’ healthcare waiting lists, Florida Representative Corrine Brown makes it clear that there are no such problems in the state of Florida. “I did my...

Common Core is Developmentally Inappropriate

One of the things we learned as we homeschooled our four children is that kids don’t learn according to any official schedule. I mean, we knew that – we were parents, after all, and none of our...

Statistical Frauds According to Thomas Sowell

Just in case you missed it, Thomas Sowell wrote an excellent article last week (Statistical Frauds) about the so-called disparity between what men earn and what women earn. Women earn 77 percent...

Bureau of Land Management Brokers Deal at Bundy Ranch

Amid rumors of militias moving in, no-fly zones, and legal weapons being confiscated from law-abiding citizens, KLAS Las Vegas is reporting that Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillespie has brokered a...

The Feds, Nevada’s Bundy Ranch & Tortoises

In the movies it’s ranchers against ranchers, cattlemen against sheepherders…in today’s real world, it’s the ranchers and the cattlemen against the federal government. You know, just like it is...