culture

Losing their children

An interesting story popped up in my Google alert for homeschool, although it has nothing to do with homeschooling.  Still, it is an interesting look at the difficulties experienced by some immigrant communities and raises a lot of questions for me regarding the whole assimilation process, how immigrant families are instructed in American values and what the idea of American…

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Religion and abuse

This has nothing to do with homeschooling, but nausea and apathy have pretty much killed my motivation to tackle the task I set before myself this evening…and that is only in part due to pregnancy.  Thanks to COD for this little article which displays both the worst and best of the human spirit:  The girl in the window. The girl…

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Thoughts on the Westroads Mall shooting

Thanks to not having a television, the first I heard of the mall shooting in Omaha yesterday was through an email from another blogger I opened this morning. Dana, you’re ok down in there in Nebraska I hope? It was an odd subject line and not how his emails usually begin. Nine dead in a shopping mall starts making you…

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Cheapening all it means to be American and woman

I am not sure what is being cheapened here:  women or our rights. I have seen the advertisements for BITTEN, Sarah Jessica Parker’s new line of fashion, hanging in the mall and they bother me more every time I see them.  Visiting BITTEN’s website, I find this increasingly offensive line of fashion has its own manifesto: It is every woman’s…

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culture, education

Banning Huckleberry Finn

A lesson which backfired (or did it?), an offended student, another coalition and another protest against Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. In a lesson to prepare students to read Huckleberry Finn, a teacher writes a number of emotionally charged words on the chalkboard. “Nigger” is among them, which offends a student. So he asked his teacher to shorten it…

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The Tradition of Freedom of Speech

I don’t do this very often. Actually, I am not sure that I have ever done it. But Peggy Noonan’s words need no commentary. You don’t want to judge Christ by Christians, someone once said. He is perfect, they are not. In a similar way you don’t want to judge capitalism by capitalists, or the legitimacy of democracy by the…

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culture, education, media, technology

Marketing ignorance?

English literary tradition has produces a number of great works with which we should all be familiar. Schools are doing a good thing when their required reading list includes such works as Of Mice and Men, Moby Dick, Lord of the Flies, and, as much as I despised reading it, maybe even Jane Eyre. But like any good student, you…

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