Retailing Is the Fourth ‘R’

9 10 2007

Guess it keeps parents busy after they finish their own homework?

“. . .fall is when a fourth ‘R’ appears in the region’s school curriculum:
retailing. . . . [giftwrap] and cookie dough, magazine subscriptions,
candy and countless other fundraising offerings, too.

Nationally, such product campaigns amount to $1.3 billion dollars of
extra school funding a year, according to the Association of
Fund-Raising Distributors and Suppliers. . .”

“Reading, Writing, Retailing:
School Fundraisers Have Become a Fall Fixture for Kids and Their Parents”

By Steve Hendrix
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, October 9, 2007; B01

“Homeschool” Becomes Hot New Record Label (Are You Scared?)

9 10 2007

“Thoughtful action versus mere words!”
“Authenticity, an independent spirit . . ”

I’ve seen worse definitions of homeschool, even from the “We Stand for Homeschooling” crowd —

“I was homeschooled as a kid — my parents taught me and my brothers at home for a while,” he explained. “The idea is having this home factory of making music, where there’s attention to detail and an authenticity, a soulfulness, to it. There’s an independent spirit to it. That’s the reason for the name.”

John Legend is a Penn grad, went to conventional high school before that, but schooling isn’t what makes him good at music much less a compassionate citizen of the world; the African-American culture of gospel singing probably deserves more credit than any “schooling” he got at home OR school. Even the anti-homeschool ideologue Michael Apple might approve! 😉 Read the rest of this entry »