Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Carnival of Homeschooling Week 36: Labor Day

We begin our carnival with a history lesson.

The US Census Bureau produced a review on Labor Day facts called Fact for Features: Labor Day 2006. It includes the following information.

The first observance of Labor Day is believed to have been a parade of 10,000 workers on Sept. 5, 1882, in New York City, organized by Peter J. McGuire, a Carpenters and Joiners Union secretary. By 1893, more than half the states were observing a “Labor Day” on one day or another, and a bill to establish a federal holiday was passed by Congress in 1894. President Grover Cleveland signed the bill soon afterward — designating the first Monday in September as Labor Day.

The website includes interesting statistics about salary, benefits, and other random facts about the United State's work force.

2.7 million - Number of civilian employees of the federal government as of December 2005.

20.4 million - Number of female workers in educational services, and health care and social assistance industries. Among men, 11.4 million were employed in manufacturing industries. (Source: American FactFinder)

[Note: We thought it was odd that they only counted the female workers in the first set of occupations and males in the second set of occupations. Like the male workers didn't count if they worked in education, healthcare or social assistance or women don't count in manufacturing? ]

From the U. S. Government's Official Web portal, more Labor Day data and links. Here's a link you WON'T need: FirstGov Offers Online Resources to Get You or Your Kids Back to School. (Actually, there are some interesting links on colleges.)

And last but not least, Labor Day facts from the US Department of Labor.

Founder of Labor Day

More than 100 years after the first Labor Day observance, there is still some doubt as to who first proposed the holiday for workers.

Some records show that Peter J. McGuire, general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and a cofounder of the American Federation of Labor, was first in suggesting a day to honor those "who from rude nature have delved and carved all the grandeur we behold."

But Peter McGuire's place in Labor Day history has not gone unchallenged. Many believe that Matthew Maguire, a machinist, not Peter McGuire, founded the holiday. Recent research seems to support the contention that Matthew Maguire, later the secretary of Local 344 of the International Association of Machinists in Paterson, N.J., proposed the holiday in 1882 while serving as secretary of the Central Labor Union in New York. What is clear is that the Central Labor Union adopted a Labor Day proposal and appointed a committee to plan a demonstration and picnic.

Labor Day – the start of “school”

Like many parents with children in public school, around this time of year homeschoolers are doing their last minute planning for the coming school year.

Silly Old Mom from the Flock of Sillies writes about getting started again with homeschooling in School is In, and Not a Moment Too Soon.

At Little Men Kathryn shares some pictures of her classroom and thoughts about starting the new school year in Good Ole Golden Rule Days.

And Tammy from Blessed to be Homeschool3ks explains what her summer has been like, and how they are getting read for homeschooling in Our life since May…….

From DANDELION SEEDS in Another Year... A Different Way, Amy realizes the most important questions to ask before starting another school year.

At Malissa’s Merry-go-round are some thoughts and excitement on how Tomorrow is the big Day!

Labor – Family

From the moment children are conceived there is a lot of labor involved in nurturing them, guiding them, taking care of them. Homeschooling families put in a tremendous amount of labor.

Carrie, a 13-year-old homeschooler at the World’s Greatest Place to Live INSDER, shares how her parents have taught responsibility in Responsibility Challenge.

At Homeschool Mami’s World is a good remember that parents also need socialization in Socialization – for Homeschooling Parents.

From the Nerd Family NerdMom blogs about Grandparent’s Day, September 10th, and shares a unit study.

Barbara Frank, The Imperfect Homeschooler, has A Key to Successful Homeschooling for parents with a child who has a disability.

Labor and delivery

Tests are often used to measure the end result of our educational labors.

Always On Watch blogs about SAT’s, Genius, And Smart Pills. Always On Watch, a contracted teacher for groups of homeschoolers and for individual homeschoolers, is disgusted by the excuses for public-school students' recent performance on the SAT's.

Camyden, from The Frugal Homeschool, is also frustrated that public schools don’t challenge students more in Challenging your Homeschooled Child.

Sprittibee has A Scary Story About Standardized Test Scores. It is scary and sad.

The Thinking Mother says The Tables Are Turned: NCLB Results Are Out as she finds out that teachers who criticize homeschoolers often work at schools which are flunking.

Labor of Love

Parents often come up with creative ways of teaching their children.

Wisteria teaches history in a way her children will never forgot in Having fun in History at Twice Bloomed Wisteria.

Laurie shares how you could teach science from your garden in Spiders over at Trivium Pursuit.

And Faerie Rebecca at What Did You Do in School Today? reveals how she taught her daughter multiplication with a Times table clapping game.


Sometimes homeschooling is just hard physical work.

From rosetta stone Michelle records that she often thinks about being a Home(school) decorator and how she would like to fix up her house.

Elena at My Domestic Church shows pictures of how her husband rebuilt the basement to make it more homeschooling friendly in Our classrom!

Laboring to Learn

It is hard work studying and mastering a topic. As we work with our children, we need to step back now and then to think about why we are teaching them.

Kim Anderson of Mother-Lode thinks about Thought Control and challenges us to take education beyond the reach of mind manipulators.

From Home ~ Schoolers Rule, Alasandra has a summary of the post “How Multiculturalism seeks to devalue Western Civilization.” Homeschoolers can have a multi-culture free zone in their “schools” in The Problem With Multiculturalism.

And from Why Homeschool we humbly submit Students eager but unready where Janine comments on a recent New York Times article about students who are getting short changed.

Labor – miscellaneous

And finally we have a few posts that don’t seem to fit a category. (Homeschoolers often suffer this problem.)

Jennifer Armstrong, an author of children’s books, writes “Why I Keep Reading Home School Blogs -- A Play in Three Acts” about why someone without children is so interested in reading about home schools around the country. I think this is the first play submitted to the Carnival of Homeschooling.

Kathy, of HomeSchoolBuzz, reviews How To Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell.

And last, but not least, Dana of Principled Discovery now back from vacation writes about Germany, Homeschooling and the Separation of Church and State.

If you have enjoyed this carnival, please spread the word. Please mention the carnival on your blog, and other appropriate places.

Go here for the archives of previous carnivals.

Next week the carnival will be held at Principled Discovery.

If you are interested in submitting a post, click here for information.

For those interested, the Carnival of Education will be coming out on Wednesday.

We'd like to thank everyone who has helped out. Thank you to all the participants in this carnival. And thanks to all those who help promote the Carnival of Homeschooling.

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Alasandra, The Cats and Dogs said...

Great Job! I can't wait to read all the post.

Sprittibee said...

Very nice! Interesting statistics. Pretty funny about the "Here's a link you won't need!" :)

Anonymous said...

Enjoyed the carnival.


Anonymous said...

Nice job. All the time and effort taken to tie these posts in with the theme is very much appreciated.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for including us in the carnival. I've really enjoyed reading all the other submissions!


Janine Cate said...

Thank you for your kind words.

Hanley Family said...

A little late, but great job! And congrats on the instalanche! That's always fun!

JobSearchNinja said...

"Labor was the first price, the original purchase-money that was paid for all things. It was not by gold or by silver, but by labor, that all wealth of the world was originally purchased."