culture, education, homeschooling

Homeschooling as a protest movement

Responding to an earlier opinion column, Should evolution be taught in school?, Kalamazoo Gazette reader Lawrence Kapture throws out some thoughts on home education. Homeschooling is essentially a protest movement. Regardless of motivation, homeschoolers believe public schools are unable to prepare their children to live in the world.  mlive.com Perhaps for some.  Or perhaps it was at one time.  Or…

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culture, homeschooling

What does homeschooling mean to you?

The Patriot News has a positive article on homeschooling which strives to dispel the myths about homeschool students being taught at home.  As in isolated, secluded and lacking any interaction with anyone off the plantation.  Nice to know that the existence of co-ops, field trips, proms and graduation ceremonies so elevates us in the eyes of the masses.  There was…

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culture, homeschooling

Homeschoolers as Deviants

As I read Milton Gaither’s review of Jennifer Lois’ “Emotionally Layered Accounts: Homeschoolers’ Justifications for Maternal Deviance”, I sort of got stuck on the title and place of publication.  While the article itself sounds interesting while it looks at how we as homeschooling mothers respond to social criticism (as opposed to leaders in the homeschool community), I just never pictured…

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culture

Is our culture too overprotective of children?

Grandparents in West El Paso, Texas left their five grandchildren home alone while they ran into town to “take care of some business.”  The eldest was thirteen, the youngest four.  They never expected to receive a call there at the IRS from the fire department telling them they had to come home. They never expected their house to catch on…

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blogging, culture

Is blogging killing communication?

I have been doing a bit of reading recently about the internet, communities and the concept of virtual communities which develop over time.  The internet seems to offer an incredible ability for us to connect regardless of geographical boundaries.  To find information on a broad range of topics and often to find first hand accounts of how the stories we…

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culture, holidays

‘Tis the season to be boycotted

Every year, Christmas seems to be thrust into the center of the culture wars as businesses determine how to promote their goods to us and we decide just how upset we are at being wished a Happy Holiday.  My concerns began with an email alert I received from the American Family Association regarding the lack of the word “Christmas” in…

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culture, media

#motrinmoms, or Twitter and the Beast

Or is Twitter the beast? For those unfamiliar with Twitter, the number sign is a hash tag used to label “tweets” (mini-posts) similar to Technorati or WordPress tags in blogs.  As you can see from this chart from Twist, the topic du jour for Sunday was motrinmoms. In fact, at 8:50 Saturday evening, there wasn’t a single mention.  But only…

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culture, parenting

Nebraska’s safe haven law

There has been quite a bit of buzz recently about Nebraska’s safe haven laws, intended to give a safe place for distraught mothers to drop off their unwanted infants.  These laws are gaining in popularity as people are increasingly horrified at the occasional stories of infants left to die in dumpsters or other unseemly places, but we here in Nebraska…

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