Girls On Girls Gone Wild (defining each other)

9 06 2007

Chris has been on top of liberal ps-supporting women defining homeschool women by class and calling for our status to become a matter of public policy concern, so I’m following his blog closely and urge you to, if you can. I just posted this comment there:

Since connecting the Pandagon essay (and comments on it all over the place) with the law prof’s Reich-inspired manifesto declaring home education to be a “public function” obliging State regulation to protect kids from learning from their own moms, I’ve been up to my ears in (unpaid) debate in some pretty diverse communities.

Here is what I’m learning — when you finally cut through the waving tall grass in any field liberal or conservative, and get to the (grass)roots of those trying to define me and my kids into or out of their agenda, you can put your face down to it and clearly identify the smell of the same old fertilizer.

(There is only one basic formula all the brands use for their special blend: ignorance-fortified dogma, specially packaged to attract a certain market in whatever shiny soundbites are selling best to that demographic this year.)

The main producers of this dangerous but glibly advertised product, at least for our homeschool demographic, are: 1) theocrats — whether Christian, Muslim or other saviors, and 2) educrats — whether public school, private school or even HS-labeled advocates.

[added thought -- dogmatic women tend toward both, maybe because they walk a narrow,linear, hierarchical path; they were taught and now teach others that belief equals incontrovertible fact; they see strength in uniformity and obedience to the Rule, see danger in ambiguity and choice except in rigidly controlled doses; were taught it's their solemn duty to actively go out and save people from their own sin, weakness and foolishness, etc.]
They all know best how to grow and tend our children, and if they can either woo us or force us to choose sides between their failed methods, they can keep our third way from spreading and thriving in new fields, and (as they fear) supplanting and marginalizing the demands of both theocracy and educracy.

Which imo makes organic education for the next generation (grown respectfully and holistically and close to home, free from theocratic and educratic contaminants, not to mention mob sabotage) a matter of life and death — not just for home education families but for everybody’s children.

Maybe they are right to fear homeschool feminist moms like me then. Religion is a private choice; schooling is a public mandate, hurting worst those least able to escape it and forcing me to support with my taxes its continued infliction of damage, in the name of social salvation. Sooner or later they will have to defend THAT as public policy, from me, and not just to opt out my own, but for everybody’s children to live and think free.

[cue patriotic music!] :)

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10 06 2007
JJ

Speaking of grassroots tribes parsing statistics and fine print to define and then attack others in supposed defense of their own freedoms — young feminism versus hs moms for not taking public money in any form and young earthers versus hs moms for taking public money in any form — see how and why grassroots killed the immigration bill, not just “stirring up the hornet’s nest but actually changing the dynamics of this issue for the future” —

June 10, 2007
Grass Roots Roared and Immigration Plan Collapsed
By JULIA PRESTON

WASHINGTON, Mich., June 8 — The undoing of the immigration bill in the Senate this week had many players, but none more effective than angry voters like Monique Thibodeaux, who joined a nationwide campaign to derail it.

Mrs. Thibodeaux, an office manager at a towing company here in suburban Detroit, became politically active as she never had before. Guided by conservative Internet organizations, she made calls and sent e-mail messages to senators across the country and pushed her friends to do the same.

“These people came in the wrong way, so they don’t belong here, period,” Mrs. Thibodeaux, a Republican, said of some 12 million illegal immigrants who would have been granted a path to citizenship under the Senate bill.

“In my heart I knew it was wrong for our country,” she said of the measure.

Supporters of the legislation defended it as an imperfect but pragmatic solution to the difficult problem of illegal immigration. Public opinion polls, including a New York Times/CBS News Poll conducted last month, showed broad support among Americans for the bill’s major provisions.

But the legislation sparked a furious rebellion among many Republican and even some Democratic voters, who were linked by the Internet and encouraged by radio talk show hosts. Their outrage and activism surged to full force after Senator Jon Kyl, the Arizona Republican who was an author of the bill, suggested early this week that support for the measure seemed to be growing. The assault on lawmakers in Washington was relentless. . . . there was a glow of victory among opponents on Friday.

“Technologically enhanced grass-roots activism is what turned this around, people empowered by the Internet and talk radio,” said Colin A. Hanna, president of Let Freedom Ring, a conservative group.

Mr. Hanna suggested the passion and commitment were on the side of the opponents.

“The opposition to the amnesty plan is so much more intense than the intensity of the supporters,” said Mr. Hanna, speaking of the bill’s provisions to grant legal status to qualifying illegal immigrants, which the authors of the legislation insisted was not amnesty. . .

Her strong feelings about the immigration issue came gradually, she said. A nephew who works as a house painter had trouble finding high-paying work because of competition from illegal immigrants. Some Mexican teenagers hassled her on the street, seeming to mock her because she walks with a cane. She spotted immigrants shopping with food stamps at the grocery store.

Mrs. Thibodeaux said she favored orderly legal immigration, but did not think illegal immigrants should benefit from American generosity.

“I have a very hard time with illegal,” she said. . .

12 06 2007
Homeschooling is “sustainable education alternative” « Cocking A Snook!

[...] good! Let’s actually focus on the kids and their learning, not just exploit them in the name of helping their exploited m… or any other political agenda. Let’s leave prayer and religion out of it, too, since most [...]

28 12 2007
JJ Ross

Satirical author Christopher Moore blogged a good gift idea along these lines (after some funny stuff abour parents being secretly replaced by government robots):

. . .a GPS might make a nice gift this Christmas. They’ve certainly come down in price from last year. Do we need a machine that tells us where we are?

Maybe what we need is a machine not to tell us WHERE we are, but WHO we are. Something that would make us look into our hearts and answer questions honestly about what is right and wrong, about what it actually means to be free, and human, and humane. About whether we really want to live up to the values of our faith and our country, not the manipulated dogma of people with a selfish agenda.

We need a machine that tells us what it is to be decent, and kind, and forgiving, and generous, and just, and fair, and humble. And not just a voting machine (although we can use that until the new thing comes out).
Something cool.

And we need it before they figure out how to work the death beam.

Happy Holidays.

22 02 2008
Feminist Unschoolers to “Bitch”: We’re Here, Not Queer « Cocking A Snook!

[...] or not, queer or not — had better learn about and start responding to effectively, WITH unschooling moms and daughters rather than against us for not being in public [...]

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