Monday, January 09, 2006

Edu-News

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Carnival of Homeschooling
The second Carnival of Homeschooling is now up at the Company Porch. Loads of entries to read. I'm still trying to get through last week. It's awesome to see so many homeschool bloggers all in one spot. Thanks to The Old Schoolhouse for hosting. Next week it will be back at Why Homeschooling.

Attention Unschooler
ATypicalHomeschool is looking for entries to the Unschooling Carnival. Details here.

Carnival of Education
For a more broad carnival consider submitting something to the Carnival of Education. The deadline is 10PM PST tonight. Congrats to Edwonk on hitting 250,000 visitors.

Are you superstitious?
I'm not. Friday is January 13. Friday the Thirtheenth. This is the day I have decided to post exactly what goes on in our home. The good, the bad, and the spunky. Would you like to participate with me? If so then this Friday just keep track of what you and your family do from the moment you wake up until you decide to blog about it. My first Friday the Thirteenth post is here. I'll post mine on Saturday. Thank God this doesn't happen very often.

Friday is also the day that John Stossel is doing a 20/20 special program on the public schools. I might just break down and watch this. I've heard he might promote vouchers as a viable alternative. I hope not. The program is called "Stupid in America: How We Cheat Our Kids" Why Homeschooling linked to a Newsmax article that talks a little about more about the show.

For the Curious
If your curious about what our homeschooling was like for the fall, you can read Spunky Jr.'s post My Homeschooling. We are using Tapestry of Grace Year Four. We just finished Unit One which ended at the Great Depression. We will start Unit Two, World War II next week. Our read aloud is The Red Pony by John Steinbeck. I've never read it so I hope it's good.

Education U
George Will is calling for an end to colleges of education. He claims they are just indoctrination camps for the liberal left. Who knew???? Someone tell the NEA. Fellow bloggers Thespis Journal and Edwonk offer their take as teachers.

Military Homeschoolers
After a fight that left many homeschoolers upset, Micheal Smith talks about passage of the National Defense Reauthorization Act Section 522.

With the passage of the new legislation, Congress will declare that the military must always treat home-schoolers fairly. Without the legislation, it would be possible for the Department of Defense to simply change its policy and exclude home-schoolers again.
I wasn't in favor of this section either. Mixing Congress and homeschooling together is usually not a recipe I like to follow. Just who does Congress consider a homeschooler? Do they get to define that too? Don't misunderstand. I want homeschoolers in the miitary. I'm just against legislation that will force a definition of homeschooling from Congress. I wish they hadn't put it in an appropriations bill either.

You say you want a Rebelution....
Some homeschoolers aren't joining the military. They're starting their own revolution, er Rebelution. The Harris boys are stirring up the next generation. Their first tour of duty is to storm Sacramento, CA. Going right into enemy territory. Ambitious young men I'd say.

The Phantom Blogger
HSLDA attorney, Scott Somerville has been spotted recently. He's looking for questions from one and all. Ask and you shall know. But you better hurry, he usually isn't around for very long. Rumor has it he is going to Italy real soon.

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