Category Archives: Learning Disabilities

How to Think Better: Use Definitions

In our series on how to think better, this week we are going to talk about noticing and using and enforcing definitions. Because “learning disabled students” spend so much time coping with regular school work like decoding, they often miss the nuances of other things like deeper comprehension and social cues. As society has lost most of its literacy and academic ability, then it is more easily tricked. This will help: USE DEFINiTIONS.

I told my college students to argue from definitions. It makes a strong argument. Like this: valuation is determined by the market. This house sold for $X this year. Therefore the value is $x. Therefore that is the tax valuation.
See? Or, in a case of a student: Water is made up of hydrogen and oxygen. So, what a happens if we put hydrogen and oxygen together (in this special way)? Marsupials are characterized by carrying their young in their pouches. A kangaroo carries their babies in their pouch. So what kind of animal is a kangaroo? Or for a high school student, socialism is defined as redistribution of the wealth. These people are promoting a plan to tax the rich and pay that money to the poor. So, what kind of a plan is that? Is that capitalism or is that socialism?

Not surprisingly, some people want to fudge or change definitions in mid-stream. These are mostly peaceful protestors; they protest by breaking plate glass windows, stealing merchandise, and burning buildings. Only a few people have been injured. These other protestors are protesting one nation’s purported occupation by occupying the administration building at their college. They are protesting carefully targeted warfare that responded to a very large very heinous terrorist act, as genocide. So, to protest, they are calling for genocide of an entire people worldwide. To advertise that position, they are refusing entrance to class buildings to students who identify with that people group. Well know this is in the news. So, wait, what is the definition of “peaceful”, “occupation,” “genocide”? Do you see that this is at the heart of the discussion.

First, people get triggered, and instead of being able to have a useful conversation on whatever the topic is, such as a particular foriegn conflict or what student in the USA should do about it, they go off on some emotional rant based on emotional feelings somewhat, if tangentially, related. For that, see last episode. Then, they have difficult conversations, but the definitions are not agreed to and are not stable. No one can make progress like that.

Do not let other people fool you by switching definitions on you. This happens all the time in advertising. You go from wanting to be successful, offered the chance to be superior in every way because of that desire, to being a slovenly lazy ass because you don’t buy the very expensive course. Self-critique of being willing to consider alternate ways of proceeding becomes s never ending struggle session where only compliance and self-hate is permitted. It goes on and one.

What is a Christian Nationalist? Some one who is both patriotic and a Christian? Or some right = wing extremist who is a violent, racist, armed terrorist?

Argue from definitions for a strong argument. Watch how others use and mis-use definitions.

How to Think Better by Starting with a Healthy Brain

Long awaited series started by some reminders about basic brain health that are often overlooked.
Children, youth, and mature adults all need sleep, protein, and vitamins. Each has their particular challenge. I just briefly mention most of these things, and give a quick run down of some supplements. If you want more specifics on any of these topics, let me know.

Another point about brain health is to stay away from toxins, which is hard to do. 3M is getting sued for polluting their products with forever chemicals. Imagine, being a company and putting brain harming chemicals in… cars, housing material, clothes, bandaids, and cosmetics. Let’s not even mention food and medicines. So, detox is a fine plan. In the immediate, please do your best not to pollute yourself and your child. For instance, when I was pregnant, I would often see the plume of car exhaust, and try to be careful to turn away, to not breathe it. I was not able to shield my baby from everything, but I did my best.

I meet young adults these days who seem to try, but seem to have very little thinking ability. This has been going on, worse and worse for several decades. School is bad, but so is the environment. I argued this about pollution in the 1980s and 1990s and was roundly ridiculed. Then, a doctor on the Learning Disabilities Association of Texas, said at one of their conventions that we should look into it. After that, I got less criticism, but still plenty of skepticism. Today, there are lawsuits aplenty. One day we may have a better situation. In the meantime, do your best as a parent to reduce exposure to agents that harm brains.

How to Start Homeschooling AFTER Child Has Been in Government Schools

Once again, I interrupted my planned flow because I was seeing so many questions on Facebook in the homeschooling group. My heart goes out to well meaning mothers who are just beginning the journey, but I just couldn’t answer everyone specifically. So, here goes. How should you start homeschooling after you have already started your child in a public (really, government) school? Important question.

First, do your own homework. Know what you are doing so you don’t get into trouble. Then make a plan. Then consult an attorney (which might be as easy as consulting the information you are given when you join Texas Homeschool Coalition or Home School Legal Defense Association.) Then, formally withdraw your student, via letter. Do not be intimidated. Don’t allow yourself to be lied to. You now know the law and you now have a plan. Then, your child might need some decompression time. Do not replicate that from which you are fleeing.

Then, once you launch, you will be so very happy! Homeschooling is so very much fun! It is so very much easier — at least for children who learn differently — what a delight!

The Case of Amos Miller and Food Safety for the Prevention of Learning Disabilities

YOU WANT TO KNOW

I think our band of lionesses, interested in overcoming learning problems will be vitally interested in the case of Amos Miller, Amish farmer, who is being harassed, prosecuted and downright persecuted for being a good Amish farmer. After being harassed by the FDA fro decades, he prevailed. Now the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture has gone beyond their legal mandate, lied to the court, seized property, dictated destruction of food that even their own tests showed was perfect. They would not let the food, some of which had already been purchased, even be sold to pigs. They even went so far as to ration food to the Miller family they that they themselves had grown.

Never over 20 years has anyone complained or gotten sick from Amos Miller’s food. Not one. He runs a club, and not a retail operation; so everyone knows how he farms. Indeed,that is why they buy from him. In court last week, families testified under penalty of perjury that they and their children needed this food for their health, in on at least one case, their very life. One family said that their child was autistic and after depending upon the natural Amish food, he was no longer autistic. They testified that even in the interim during the seizure of the food during the investigation and court proceedings, their life and health was at risk. They pleaded with the judge to permit their children this food. The prosecution thought he had them, when he questioned who paid for their trip. He had. Defense attorney has already drastically reduced his fee; his firm is working on donations.

JUSTICE FALLEN IN THE STREETS

The Dept. of Agriculture of Pennsylvania had to lie to the court to be able to start this mess. They continue to lie.To the court. To the media. Who doesn’t even check the other side, but merely publishes the lies of the government. Indeed, whent hey lie so egregiously on the stand, the Amish just couldn’t process it. They are not used to lying in their society. However, the witnesses for the Dept of Ag lied so egregiously that the Prosecutor had to several times redirect.

It was kind of like this: “It is not like you want to be in charge of all food that everyone everywhere eats, is it? Oh yes!”

The First Amendment, guaranteeing the right to freedom of religion has been abridged. The fourth Amendment, protecting warrantless and unreasonable searches has been violated. A number of other rights in the 10 Amendment have been violated.  The State Constitution of PA has been violated. Due process has been violated.

The Court likes privacy (which is a violation.) The Bailiff, with guns, told even reporters that if they took notes in the courtroom, they would be imprisoned.

WHY NOT JUST GET A PERMIT?

Media passes on the idea that Amos Miller is just resisting getting a permit. This is a misunderstanding at best. You know how it goes: when a big bunch of lies is discredited, the most likely more reasonable sounding one is picked for a last stand.  In the first place, anything that is permitted is restricted by law; this is a dimunition of freedom. Secondly under PA law, a permit for selling raw milk includes the promise that sales of other raw milk products like raw milk cheese will not be sold. Thus, such a permit would drastically reduce the Miller business. However, given that Miller is not a retail operation, then permitting is not required. Further, labeling laws do not apply.

It is not clear how the case will be decided. According to Mr. Barnes, it appeared to him that the judge did care about the (only 4 he permitted) children;s health, the past behavior of the court is to side unthinkingly with government actors.  Not just these children’s lives and learning ability will be at risk. This case will set a precedent against food freedom, religious freedom, and the well-being of our country in general. The FDA is watching. They pick the perfect, literally, case.

CALL TO ACTION

Please register your opinion

https://www.givesendgo.com/supportamosmiller

Please vote with your dollars

Please check out food safety as a potential underlying problem for your children

Find out more

Lancaster Patriot newspaper

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https://vivabarneslaw.locals.com/content/live/all

https://rumble.com/user/vivafrei

Weston Price Foundation (about better nutrition)

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Oops! I just heard Mr. Barnes say that being a private club is not a defense. What? At any rate, I am sure I did hear him say previously that Amos Miller’s operation is NOT a retail operation. So, this detail I do not fully understand, but given the extent to which I have listened to Mr. Barnes, his evident high reputation, and obvious legal credentials — this must be the way it is.