Chats on the Farmhouse Porch 89

Everyday Ruralty
First off, my thoughts and prayers go out to Boston. Words fail me…

1. From Suzanne at p.s. Annie!: Are you part of the back to nature/ecological group or are you more of the mindset of “I’ll do what I want and everything will work out in the end”?

While I don’t belong to any group per se, I do try to do my part at being eco-responsible. I recycle every chance I get, bring my own shopping bags and try to reduce waste and the use of plastics. The way I see it, we can’t leave things to sort themselves out as long as people are either still in denial or could care less. I hope someone is working on breaking down all that non-biodegradable stuff that could potentially stick around forever.

2. From Stacey at Happy Bride to be: What’s a favorite dinner dish to make?

Roast chicken, carrots and potatoes.

3. From Melanie at Melanie at A Year of Jubilee Reviews: What animals have you seen give live birth?

Sadly I’m a city girl who’s had very limited contact with animals 😆 .

4. From Anne at Homeschool on the Croft: If you had the opportunity to teach something, what would you teach?

I teach English as a second language and at college whenever I can find the time. The standard of English Here being as embarrassing as it is, I wanted to help people learn to speak and write it better. Being able to string together a random bunch of words is not enough. English is a beautiful language, we got to get cracking on proper grammar, vocab and pronunciation. Love working with students who are genuinely eager to learn and who have a good attitude about it.

5. From Madonna at Butterfly Acres: What did you love most about school?

I’m one of those who loved practically everything about school… during my time, that is. That’s when school was genuinely about getting a real education. Loved my teachers who were so dedicated and interesting. I hear school is a lot different now 😀 . College were the best years of my life. Planning on going to grad school if I get the chance. Should be fun 😉 .

Hope you have a safe and wonderful week.

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  • Jan

    Your go to meal sounds delicious! I loved school as well. It is nice to read that you loved learning for the sake of learning. I loved my college experience as well. I enjoyed graduate school too for the information I received but I was working and going to school at that time. Undergrad was more fun. 🙂

  • Becky

    I agree with you in regards to the way English standards have fallen. Too many kids these days can’t even read or write. Schools need to get back to educating kids.

  • Beth

    i think all schooling standards have fallen within our schools. so very sad. considering i was raised in a teacher family. ( :

  • Suzanne McClendon

    Roast chicken, carrots and potatoes sounds yummy!

    School used to be a real challenge, in my opinion. When my grandma was a little girl, not only could the teachers beat you if they wanted to, they had to read A Tale of Two Cities in the third grade. I didn’t have to read it until 9th grade. I don’t know if it is required for any grade at this point. Times and expectations have really changed over the years.

    I enjoyed reading your post. Have a great week!

    • Clairity

      Yes, school was definitely a lot more challenging in the old days but you also got to learn a lot more in their undiluted form, and I think that’s great. School is too easy and watered down these days, in my opinion, so we have whole generations of people who are far too dependent on Google for answers, who waste far too much time on Facebook and trying to keep up with the Kardashians and who honestly can’t think for themselves.