“I Love that my child’s program is completely tailor made; you always find such great
“I Love that my child’s program is completely tailor made; you always find such great
“…education is effective as it is pleasant, unhurried, casual, and is as ineffective as it is stressed to be important.” – L. Ron Hubbard
Did you notice how excited first graders are to attend school? How they take great pride in their new notebooks? How they make certain that their pencils are sharpened to perfection? How particular they are about their back-packs, their clothes, and how anxious they are to arrive at school on time?
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Things Nice Teachers Do
by Carlynn McCormick
Nice teachers show children that life is a game and that games have freedoms and barriers. They teach strategies for winning “the game of school” by showing their students how to figure things out and by making learning fun.
Really nice teachers insist that students have high moral standards, strong personal values, and that they respect the religious beliefs of others. Such teachers never back off from disseminating “The Golden Rule.”
Excellent teachers do not force students to memorize facts and regurgitate them back on test papers. Their motto: “Let students make robots if they want, but never make them be robots.”
Great teachers reward production and teach benevolence and the dangers of tyranny. They know that when a nation honors education and self-determined students, it possesses the antidote to slavery.
If every teacher were nice, really nice, excellent and great, what a wonderful world it would be!
Meet Alexei (AJ) Dale who just completed his 9th Grade program!
His term paper, essay, and all the write-ups he submitted are beyond impressive!
He has a term paper titled, “Is Help Possible?” which is very touching. No dry eyes here after reading this work.
He repeats his thanks to all APS Online staff again and again in his essays. Here are some of the highlights we wanted to share with you:
There are a lot of really cool things about this year of Russian but I think my ability to talk to my Russian relatives for the first time ever is probably the best ability I have gained. I have made a lot of progress in the short time of a year and have been able to achieve some really spectacular things. I am very thankful to APS Online for allowing me to choose my own program and thus learn a vital foreign language applicable to my life. I am at a level one proficiency, but I plan to move up the levels until I am a fluent Russian speaker by the end of High School.
This year of science has not been like any other. I have explored so much in relation to the human body and anatomy. I feel like I understand and can apply all the data I have learned this year and, to me, that is the most important part. I was able to put a ton of creating in on the year including the labs especially, and I am very happy with my progress through the year.
This year has been such an amazing opportunity for me in all, but math specifically was definitely amazing. I learned so many new words, theorems, and datums that are really interesting. And the coolest part about all of it is I know now that I can go out and apply what I have learned to real life. This program made it possible for me to really stop and look at my purpose and application of my studies to that. No other school has ever given me this opportunity. So thank you to everyone at APS Online!!!
“Doing school in a way that I could love!”
“Applied Scholastics Online Academy has helped me so much with my education. I did not want to go to a normal school because I wanted to study with educators that were well informed about Study Technology.
I am so happy that I found this online program. Thanks to my amazing online teacher, I was able to graduate much faster than I was planning on graduating. I was able to do this because of the targets that he encouraged me to reach. I am so happy that I was able to do this.
This Online Academy is one of the most amazing organizations because it allows students to do school in a way that they love. I was able to increase my responsibility because I learned how to figure things out on my own, accomplished my targets, and turned them in on time while balancing the rest of my obligations.
I am so fortunate to have found an amazing program that fit what I needed and wanted. I would like to thank the entire staff and team of Applied Scholastics Online Academy for what they do in creating an online school where students can flourish and prosper.
Also, I would like to acknowledge the Delphian School. In my first years of high school, they helped me grow into the person that I have become today. The school is an inspiration to hundreds of students and it sets an extraordinary example of standards for schools everywhere. I would like to thank all of the staff and students for helping me and being an amazing team.
I would like to thank Mr. Hubbard for the time and effort he spent discovering Study Technology and perfecting it. I would also like to thank my loving family for all that they invested in me and my education. Without them, I would not have gotten this far; thank you.”
McKenna Anderson, APS Online Academy, Graduate
“The courses through APS Online Academy relit the spark in me to want to learn and educate myself more!”
“Before enrolling in the Applied Scholastics Online Academy, I was a student at a public high school in Bellevue, Washington. While my public school was fine in its own right, and many of the teachers were excellent and truly had a passion for their job, it was never what I was looking for in a schooling experience.
|I was often forced into learning something I did not care for, or could not understand, and I felt as if my education was of no importance to the greater curriculum.
This has been the senior year of my high school career, and as summer started to come to a close some months ago, an imminent sense of dread had settled onto my shoulders. I was unsure of how I would cope with the stress and contempt school made me feel. Luckily, I spoke with my mother about these feelings, and it became apparent to both of us that I needed a different option. That was when we looked into the Applied Scholastics Online Academy, and I knew what I would do for my senior year.
Because of Applied Scholastics, I have learned so much as well as actually found myself enjoying what I was learning. These courses have, without a doubt in my mind, relit the spark in me that drives me to learn and to want to educate myself more, even with my senior year coming to a close. This, of course, is because of the fantastic help I have received from the staff at Applied Scholastics Online Academy who guided me this year with all that I did, as well as my father who helped to push me when I began to lose traction.
My senior year has been the best year of my high school career, and I am only sorry that I did not discover the Applied Scholastics Online Academy sooner.”
– EE Graduate
WE ARE AUTHORS, EVERYONE
by Carlynn McCormick
You may not write worth beans or rice for that matter, but you are a storyteller. While your tale is shaded differently from all others, there is a constant, as unwavering as the sun, moon, and stars. It is that simple truth that you hold life in your hands.
For each man pens his own life story. Every word he writes is up to him.
Despite influences, be they good, bad, or indifferent, we are one for one, responsible for the decisions we make on every page. We are authors of our speech, architects of our desires, creators of our dreams, originators of our emotions, and we are the designer of our deeds and of our misdeeds.
When our book closes for the very last time, will it have a happy ending? Will we know in our heart of hearts we did our best to fulfill our dreams and bring goodwill to others? Did we slay those villains called Criticism, Regret, and Blame? Does self-respect remain?
Answers and responsibility for living a good life or a bad one rest squarely on our own frail shoulders.
While this truth often goes unnoticed, hidden by the activities and problems of day-to-day living, perhaps it finally finds credence when we reach the brink of adulthood or teeter on the edge of death.
But such philosophical underpinnings of life can and should be introduced at the youngest of age. Every child deserves to know it. No child should grow up thinking someone else is to blame for what he does or what he thinks. His parents, teachers and other adults in his life should make it known to him that he is capable of changing his own circumstances. Even before reaching school age, children can be taught a bit of responsibility and encouraged to practice acts of kindness.
It is a child’s job to learn academics so he can succeed in later life. He should know that if he needs help, he must seek it. If help arrives, he must avail himself of it. If others need his help, it is in his hands to give it or not.
He is the guiding force behind his own actions.
But what do we do when tragedy or disaster writes itself in our book? How do we prepare our children or ourselves for such sorrow? Is there a way to outwit misfortune?
Yes, indeed! By holding fast to the knowledge that even when a bad hand is dealt, we are still master over how we play the hand.
Acknowledge mental suffering when you must, but at the same time insist on a positive attitude. We are living breathing examples for our children. Let them see us vanquish disappointment with accomplishment, conquer sadness with humor, and wipe our tears with upbeat music or physical activity. Tracking our footprints, they too will write pages of happiness.
Men, women, and children, we are the ultimate cause over our own actions, cause over our own emotions. We are authors, everyone.
TAME THE JOKER IN THE DECK
by Carlynn McCormick
When you were a child, were you ever in the embarrassing position of having another person make fun of you in front of your friends? Were you ever the butt of a joke? Did you ever suffer the agony of knowing kids were laughing at you? I sincerely hope not.
Such dark memories were, however, a part of my childhood — all centering on a girl named Jackie. She was in my second-grade class. A few weeks after school started she walked up to me and said, “I don’t like you.” When I asked “why,” she said, “because I hate you!” I didn’t understand of course. I hadn’t even talked to her before she accosted me with her declaration of hate. All through second grade, I wondered what it was that caused her to dislike me so.
Fortunately, Jackie wasn’t in any of my later primary or elementary school classes but she was in my Girl Scout Troop. I tried to avoid her but often, when the troop leader wasn’t looking, or when Jackie saw me on the school playground, she would whisper something to one of her friends and point at me. I can tell you with certainty this was not beneficial to my self-confidence.
But before you start to feel sorry for poor little me, you should know that while I was merely confused at age seven, by the time I was ten, I had plotted some rather despicable ways of getting even with Jackie. My only problem: I didn’t have the guts to carry out any of my plans.
But the story includes an interesting turn of events.
One afternoon after a scout meeting Jackie was surrounded by a group of girls. As I walked by she pointed at me and whispered loud enough for me to make out what she was saying, “That’s the girl who wets her pants in school.”
Of course, since she was talking about me and not to me, there was no way for me to deny it. I was waiting for the other kids to start snickering and already wishing I could be swallowed up by Mother Earth, when a little girl named Jeri, who I barely knew, jumped up, looked at Jackie, and said loudly, “I don’t believe you; that is not true and it’s not funny!”
Amazingly, Jackie didn’t protest; she didn’t say anything. I suddenly felt ten feet tall — someone had stuck up for me!
The next day I was in for another surprise. Jackie saw me but she didn’t make a nasty crack. Her campaign against me was over. My plans of revenge melted into nothingness.
A short time later Jeri’s family moved to another city and I never saw her again — but a half-century later, I vividly remember the lesson she taught me.
It is one I pass on to my students. I tell them of an action each of us should take — an action that benefits all:
When we hear someone make fun of another; when we hear someone tell a joke at another’s expense; when we hear someone gaily criticize or devaluate another’s dreams or efforts — we must let that someone know such actions are not okay.
And we must never let someone get away with saying “Oh, I was just joking” because tearing down another person is not good-natured humor – it is ruthless and cruel.
We set an example for the “joker” to follow when we tell him that degrading remarks are not funny, that we consider them objectionable. In essence, we are inviting him to look at the effect he did create and asking him to adjust it to match the effect he wishes to create.
Or, it may be that there was something the “joker” did not understand about the person he ridiculed. By not going along with the ridicule, we allow him to look for such misunderstandings and clear them up.
Another possibility is that the “joker” needs to work out the difference between a witty remark that is amusing and can be enjoyed by all — as opposed to a remark that makes someone uncomfortable (which would never be amusing for that person).
Or the “joker” could simply be rude. Having a non-compromising attitude toward rudeness will reinforce the idea that such behavior is totally unacceptable.
And for the person who gets targeted, when we stick up for him, we allow him to keep his self-confidence.
Bottom-line, by insisting that people be respectful of one another, we make a kinder world — a more humane world.