31 December 2015

My Living Historian Granddaughter

For the last several years, one of my homeschooled granddaughters (Kylee) has volunteered as a member of the John Lewis Society at the Frontier Culture Museum in Staunton, Virginia. The Shenandoah Valley is known for, among other things, to be home to a large and vibrant homeschooling community. Many of the local museums and historical organizations recognize this and go out of their way to cater to this demographic. The FCM notes the following on their website:
The Frontier Culture Museum offers homeschool families the opportunity to learn history in the way that homeschoolers learn best: through active involvement in the day-to-day activities of the past. Students are encouraged to participate in cooking, gardening, wool and flax processing, and animal care. Special events can also be found throughout the year just for homeschool families.
Kylee recently finished up conducting lantern tours for the Christmas season. As my oldest daughter noted:
She has worked very hard the last three years and has learned so much more than can ever be taught from a book. We are so thankful for a community that encourages hands-on learning for our kids. We are thankful for the kindness shown to our girl by the veteran interpreters on the German farm. We are also very proud of our young lady and the hard work she has sacrificed. Milking cows, making cheese, catching chickens, cooking sauerkraut and apple butter and life-long lessons of dedication, commitment, hard work, & integrity.
I'm one proud Grandpa and grateful to the FCM for providing this opportunity for my granddaughter, as well as for many other students in the Valley.


Jeff Mathews said...

As the twig is bent...

May I offer my most sincere congratulations on your grandchild's accomplishment as you have posted. If only there were more like her in her appreciation and understanding of the heritage of this country and the costs our forefathers bore in making a home in the wildness.

My niece (I never married and have no children) will be graduating in May from Harvard University as a History Major and the PC "groupthink" flows like a river every time I try to speak to her. The only thing that I have managed to accomplish is to get her to take one class on 17th Century England and in her last semester, a survey course on the American Revolution. I have every hope that something true will grow in her SJW mindset about how this country was actually founded but it being Harvard, I have great doubts.

Plato would say that Good Cities make good men and that good men make good republics. How may any polity make good men when the young are fed only on what is politically "correct" which means only what is useful to the culture masters?

Congratulations again on having living proof that you raised your children as an honorable man and a loving father. The proof lies always as Our Lord said, in the wine that is made from the good grapes.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

"Harvard University as a History Major and the PC "groupthink" flows like a river every time I try to speak to her."

An expensive way to get indoctrinated.

Thanks for the kind words.