Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Wild Wednesday

Lots going on around my house and the blogosphere. However, I'll spare you the details of my crazy family life and just concentrate on the blogosphere and some quick links.

The big news of the day...
Spunky is giving away a Benz Microscope and Apologia Biology Set this week. Click Here to get the details.

And in other news....
Izzy proposes a t-shirt with the slogan "Proud to be a an Unwashed Homeschooler" based on the most recent comments of our "theologian of glory". If you make them Izzy I'll take 8.

And in case you are still having doubts about homeschooling, read the comment by Bill the middle school principal. He inspired me.

Carolyn at Guilt Free Homeschooling answers very nicely the question "Should Everyone Homeschool?"

A favorite blogger of mine, Deputy Headmistress of the Common Room, shares the Nuts and Bolts Homeschool Tools.

The Carnival of Education #65 is up at Edwonk's.

And on the subject of socialism....
Susidizing Parenthood. After realizing the effects of a declining population some countries in Europe are willing to pay parents to have more children.

Politicians have offered their own solutions. But most accept that there are limits to what the state can do when it comes to the intimate decision of whether to have a child. The biggest problem facing women across Europe is how to reconcile motherhood with a career.

I guess some socialist countries are starting to realize there are just some things the state can't make you do.

Meanwhile, back in the US, we're still debating the merits of universal preschool . Joanne Jacobs debates this issue with Susanna Cooper over at Edspresso. I thought this comment left by Michelle at the AFT (Michelle blogs here) was interesting.

I am a middle class parent whose 16 month old is currently in a play group. While I value the experience, and my son enjoys it, I can already see that by the time he is two, he will be ready for and interested in more organized and stimulating actvities like those offered in preschool or high-quality center care.

It's a bit disingenuous to compare a play group to preschool.Also, one reason for the government--whether it be the state or federal government--to provide preschool is that in many communities, private and nonprofit providers simply cannot meet the demand.

Her son is only two and she already feels incompetent to provide "stimulating activities"?!? An empty box worked for my kids until they were at least 3. What's even more amazing, virtually everyone admits we're doing a lousy job in K-12 why does anyone trust the government with our 3 & 4 year olds? And if demand is a problem. I have a solution. Maybe we ought to just send the children to Europe. They seem to be having a drought on babies there. I hear Paris in springtime is just gorgeous. Nothing but the best for little Johnny you know!

And just in case you missed it at the top of this post...

Spunky is giving away a Benz Microscope and Apologia Biology Set this week. Click Here to get the details.

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