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On Talking to Heather Doney and Rachel Coleman About Child Abuse, the Quiverfull Movement and Homeschooling Policy Reform
I must admit, when I was in grade school (I went to public school for all but two years of my 12 year education...the other two were spent in a parochial school), we considered homeschooled kids very "other." That is to say, we automatically thought they were weird. Probably none of my friends actually *knew* a kid that was homeschooled, but there was something so very different about it that made us feel superior. I see now how idiotic I was.
As a children's librarian at a public library, I can honestly say that the kids who are the least shy, the most helpful, and the most willing to participate in programming are almost always homeschooled. They are able to ask for what they want (or ask about how to find something out themselves). I find them to be very independent, but in a really great way. It's how I imagine kids who grew up 100 years ago acted--a little bit "older" for their age, not so screamy/entitled/bratty/brash like some of their school-going peers. Of course, I'm making a blanket statement here. There are LOTS of awesome school-goers, and a few weird/awkward homeschoolers, but on the whole, my experience with homeschooled kids has been extremely positive.
I do believe that minimum regulations should be a MUST (children should learn how to read, for example), but I see why some homeschooling parents might bristle a little at lots of oversight--avoiding "teaching to the test" might be the reason they homeschool, after all. What a complex, highly nuanced issue, especially when there are SO MANY reasons to homeschool (or not). Great interview, Hairpin. I agree: I miss seeing more stuff like this.
This has become my favorite Hairpin feature. NEVER STOP, @Justthetips!
I love this, and I love them. And THANK YOU for mentioning how obnoxious the term "hack" is. Gah. I hate it.
@bureaucrab YES, another user of My Days. I think it's the bomb. It does everything I need it to do, and it helped me know with some accuracy when I became pregnant. Thanks to the app, I could tell my midwife was incorrect when she predicted my due date. I don't know why, but this gave me immense satisfaction.
The one time I really felt that surge of panic was when we heard the doorbell ring at 2am in our old apartment. We lived on the third floor of a three-family house, so I had always felt moderately safe (why would a robber climb the stairs for OUR tv when he could just break in to the first floor and steal THEIR tv?), but the minute that stupid doorbell rang all bets were off, man. It turned out to be the police, looking for a car vandal, and they were wondering if we were harboring him or her.
It took my heart at least a half hour to return to its usual rhythm, so I cannot imagine what it's like to have an actual bad guy show up at your door/break your windows/try to steal your stuff.
@retrogirlie @chickpeas akimbo I tried the ol' Softcup, but also found the removal to be really messy (like OHMYGODITLOOKSLIKEIKILLEDSOMEONE messy). Am I just doing it wrong (certainly possible)? I have a Diva Cup that I tried once and promptly removed because I could FEEL IT the whole time. Also user error, I'm sure, but dear lord. Uncomfy.
I just LOL'ed at the bean dip/dutch ovening.
Does Anne Curry's head look gigantic compared to the rest of her body, or is that just me? I think it's some bad Photoshopping.
@H.E. Ladypants I know a friend who went to a wedding that was JUST a to-die-for 7 or 8 course meal. Like, no dancing, no stupid DJ saying stupid stuff, no embarassing "grandma's getting drunk, tee hee hee" moments. It was just a lovely ceremony followed by a sit-down meal that lasted for a couple of hours. She said it was divine.
On Sweet Dee
Can't agree more. I'd even volunteer to do a portion of spam removal. It's getting really, really bad.