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Home School • Re: Home school Pros Vs. Cons…The dumbing down of our chil

February 9, 2017 Argus 0

Dumbing down yes. Local schools in the mid-west are sadly deficient in many areas, notably history, penmanship/handwriting, spelling, phonics, but by golly elementary school kids get Spanish and global warming shoved down their throats, like it or not. Gotta have priorities. When I explained the myriad of egregious faults with Obama care (management of risk anyone?), and why we needed to enforce immigration laws, they said “they didn’t tell us that at school.” Of course not. Indoctrinate them early and they’ll be sheep when they reach voting age, its the liberal way. My siblings home school, they have a lot of say on curriculum. Meaningful field trips, and home school groups so there is ample opportunity for socialization, opportunity to compete in forensics, speech, debate, sports, etc. in high school. You get out of it what you put into it, so if you go “all in” your kids will definitely benefit. My 2 cents anyway, your mileage may vary.

Statistics: Posted by Argus — Thu Feb 09, 2017 2:14 pm

Solar • Re: Fresnel lens

January 17, 2017 Argus 0

I have salvaged a couple of them from old projection TVs seen by the curb on trash day. TV repair places might have non-working ones, or you can find them on Craigslist. On a sunny day you can melt a penny with them, or boil water in a can as stated above, or start a fire in seconds. They can break easily. With a frame built of 1x2s slotted lengthwise by running them through a table saw or with a circular saw you can make a holder for it, but you’ll need to move it as the sun moves to keep it focused. Also, don’t look at the concentrated light with no protection, it will give you a heck of a headache and probably damage your eyes. I used doubled welding hood lenses and it seemed to work well. These lenses are capable of instantly charring skin or setting fires if left unattended, so use caution, the larger they are the more powerful.

Statistics: Posted by Argus — Tue Jan 17, 2017 12:55 pm