Skip to main content

The Matthew Effect

Public school analysts use Matthew 13:12 to describe struggling learners, because educational equity is what Jesus came and died for.  Obviously. 

"For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath." 

The so-called "Matthew Effect" comes into play when children aren't just reading to learn to read, but are beginning to use textbooks to study information.  They say this happens somewhere around third grade.  One "evaluation specialist" claims to be able to spot the dropouts in first grade!

I don't see it this way.  I see it as, let's add to the knowledge the child has.  Let's add to his reading skills.  When people are not discussing children in a positive and valuing way, they won't feel positive about school or valued.  It's not just words here.  When you feel that the school needs good test scores, and you score badly?  You've let down the team.  You're not a great student.

Think about what that does to a child's psyche for a moment there.  It used to be at least that children who were bad students were just bad students.  Now they're seen as jeopardizing the teachers' job and the funding of the entire system.  It's just too heavy a burden to put on these kids.

I know teachers feel absolutely crushing stress over these tests.  But teachers don't have to be there.  No state law is mandating that they walk through those doors every morning.  There are some things more important than doing well on a test, and I feel that helping a child grow up to think that books are his friends is one of them.


  1. Mr. Butler said years ago (10 or so) that it was the kids with special needs who would suffer under No Child Left Behind. He was right.

    He was Ben's resource room teacher in grade school.

    1. And you know what? Those kids suffer enough.


Post a Comment

Non-troll comments always welcome! :)

Popular posts from this blog

Reading Curriculum: ABeka Book and BJU Press

Did you know that in the state of Missouri, homeschoolers must teach reading as a separate subject?  I don't know how anyone could homeschool well without teaching their child to read... but OK. 

I got many of my ABeka books used and collected them over time.  I'm glad I came across these readers early in my homeschooling years.  It teaches children to read step-by-step.  I don't think I've seen a more effective reading program for the elementary years.  The children love the stories, and what I appreciate about them is that there is a rich and varied language even in simple-to-read books in this series. 

My set is pretty old, and some are even from the 1960's and no longer listed in the reading series.  I think if I had to do things over again somehow, I think I'd just spend on a curriculum set and be done with it.  That's the thing, though, with homeschooling.  By the time you figure out what the perfect curriculum is for you, your children have graduate…

Homeschooling is NOT So Hard.

I wish I'd have known this starting out. I wish I'd have known that it's actually LESS work to just homeschool your child, than to be an "involved parent" at school.

We've enjoyed elementary school with our older boys. *Most* of the teachers were actually pretty competent and caring (the others, I save for another blog post, another day...). We had the children involved in extra activities like the Spanish Club or Service Club, or choir, and they got a fair bit out of the experience.

But it's a LOT of work.

You get about a ton of worksheets that must be done by a certain time. Usually on a day when you're sick or have no time. You get the phone calls about this or that, and about a zillion sheets per day that sometimes contain important news, so you MUST go through them daily. The schools also *love* to throw in half days, teacher in-service days and early dismissals. Not so bad, unless you have children at more than one school and the schedu…

Holiday Gifts for the Homeschool Teacher!

Merrymaking hint:  leave this post up on your phone/ computer for your family to "accidentally" find!  Let the magic begin!

 All teachers love a little appreciation every now and then, including homeschoolers.   I don't know about you, though, but I don't want any apple crap.  So first rule:  no apple crap! 

Otherwise I'm pretty open.  I love getting gifts, even if it's just something small or simple.  One thing I love is when my children want to help out and make lunch or clean up or put their laundry away.  Or just behave themselves and get their math done.  This is a really big thing when you think about it.  

And from the adults in my life, the gift of coffee always shows love - or rather, someone not wanting an "I need coffee" emergency in the middle of winter after a big snowstorm.  Somehow, I always have a lot of coffee in my pantry during the winter months.  (Guess why.) Thanks, D! 

My gallery of homeschool appreciation pics: