Hey, I Picked Sarah Palin for McCain’s Veep Weeks Ago — Ready on Day One

29 08 2008

. . .to compromise the constitution and her sworn service to the people, for her own bull moose-headed, gun-slinging, man-manipulating, woman-dissing, image-pandering, ego-feeding agenda! She’s perfect! See
“McCain Could Pick a Real Mother of a Veep” to confirm.

Doesn’t this just make her the perfect nominee for Republicans, to be a (very) old man’s single heartbeat away from the First Woman Presidency? She will be ready and willing on Day One to misuse her executive power, no waiting for that pesky outsider’s learning curve!
. . .how in power, they let their personal beliefs and desires run roughshod over others, individuals who do NOT rightfully belong to them to play God (or Godfather) with.

It might not be Palin but if it is, I’m claiming credit for seeing the compelling political story in it “first” — August First. 😉

UPDATE 10:38 — cable news is confirming from Norah O’Donnell that it is indeed Palin. What fun!

UPDATE II 10:56 on MSNBC – Joe Scarborough just said this means the Rs will run a ruthlessly ideological campaign with nothing but its base to work with, and it’s a “helluva risk.” — I think that’s right and I previewed it in the August first post:

“Btw, hmmm, this would make an ideologically airtight anti-abortion ticket, with adoption at the top of the order, and not aborting after genetic testing on deck.”

Another MSNBC commentator just said “EVANGELICALS AND HOMESCHOOLERS WILL BE ECSTATIC” — actually that is true. I’m a homeschool parent who thinks this seals the deal for Obama-Biden. It’s a complete capitulation, giving up the only legit thing McCain had going with undecideds and independents, a fear that only he could be a trustworthy commander in chief keeping Americans safe for the next four years. But his health history and age makes him a big risk not to make it through the next four years physically, and the fading away of mental acuity in Reagan’s second term is a big risk with McCain, too, especially given his recent out-of-touch moments and his famous volatility even as a young man. So the only way he’s not risky is with a veep ready to be commander in chief on the ticket with him. Palin is the least likely choice I can imagine then, even younger than Obama! — and she’s not even racially-internationally flavored like Jindal would have been.

She’s about the whitest, most socially and geographically isolated, insulated and only marginally educated choice he could have made. Not to mention gun-totin’ and hot-headed and image-obsessed. Come finish off America, all you foreign leaders, if we’re stupid enough to put this forward as serious, important third-millennium global leadership. We’d deserve it.

AND just to top off the absurdity of all this, she’s from the other newfangled, exotic, not-quite-real state that people should be suspicious of, you know, like Obama’s homestate of Hawaii, a strange place that wasn’t even a state when Old Man McCain was born (in the Panama Canal Zone??) LOL!!!!

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29 08 2008
JJ

FL Congresswoman and former Hillary Clinton national campaign co-chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz just referred to the “culture of corruption” in Alaska and said:

“Sarah Palin is inexperienced, unethical and wrong on all the issues” which makes this “just an example of colossally bad judgment on the part of John McCain.”

29 08 2008
JJ

It just gets better and better. 🙂
So much for conservative Christian homeschooler support! In my experience that ideology isn’t very tolerant of public school funding, especially for early childhood education.
Sarah Palin on EDUCATION:

Fully fund K-12 and support early funding of education

My budget includes fully funding the “K through 12” foundation formula. In addition, I’ve included more than $200 million in new dollars to cover the increased retirement costs for local school districts, so that more local school district dollars get into the classroom, where the money belongs. We’re facing a potential $10 billion PERS/TRS retirement plan shortfall that affects local schools.

Our $200 million dollar line item for school districts is part of the half BILLION dollar proposal to help the districts, local governments and the state alleviate the pension plan burden while we work with the Legislature on a long-term solution. I’ve also committed to help provide local school districts with more predictability, for better planning by supporting “early funding of education.”

I’ll introduce a separate education appropriation bill and ask that it’s passed. Our local school districts deserve to know what they have to work with early enough for them to create efficiencies through planning

29 08 2008
JJ

LOL – now the Palin unveiling rally crowd is singing happy birthday. Why would they want to underline THAT today, their nominee turning 72 (IOW in his eighth decade of life) and having survived cancer twice already? How old will he look standing between his blonde child bride and beauty-queen baby of a veep?

29 08 2008
JJ

And see if you can pick out the ideological irony in this wikipedia tidbit. 😉
“Palin is strongly pro-life, a supporter of capital punishment . . .”

29 08 2008
JJ

Thinking more about “education” in this race —

I just realized the only formal education John McCain ever earned ended in 1958 — a half century ago, please note — a bachelor’s degree in military whatever from a take-orders war college, and he self-reports that even then he wasn’t much of a student or thinker, more of a seat of the pants action practical joker (like Bush?)

Neither McCain’s honorable opponent nor his running mate was even BORN when he ended his education forever (and his current wife who is my age, was barely old enough for preschool back then.)

I’m no education or degree (or age) snob but c’mon — some diligent updated study since then might have kept him a little sharper, not quite so old-man out of touch with the 20th century at least, if not bringing him fully into the 21st with the rest of us (including Joe Biden’s sharp-looking and wise 90-year-old mother and life-lessons-at-home teacher! Who is only 18 years older than McCain btw, the same age gap between McCain and his innocent young mistress-turned-wife — who was just about Monica Lewinsky’s age when she first was taken in by a much older married political powerhouse, geez. Can YOU believe Republican Christian women will go for this guy?)

And I’m thinking that part of the catastrophe that has been the Bush-Cheney administration, is a not-liberally-educated ticket of anti-intellectual hardball fighter pilot oil men sports jock paradigmers, naming our Supreme Court justices and trashing our constitutional rights like it was how to play the game. If you’re applying to be president or prez backup, Harvard constitutional law and Harvard law review editor seems like much more meaningful preparation than being a hotshot maverick loner joker who eschews study and thought and intellectual engagement.

Palin’s higher education was a state university bachelor’s in journalism — I think in public relations-marketing rather than straight news-editorial journalism like mine, but I may have her confused with this young Florida state university beauty queen marketing major?
[UPDATE – it was sports reporting, sigh, bet she snaps towels in the locker room! More McSame.]

Palin minored in poly sci, also the only thing Dick Cheney got degrees in. Bush at least had an MBA, and “business” seems to have flourished under his rule. And divisive, exploitative political science certainly has won out while we all lost out.

(So maybe constitutional law will similarly flourish with an Obama-Biden White House?)

29 08 2008
boremetotears

Oh, dear. Ladies Against Feminism – and other anti-modernism, Biblical patriarchy types – aren’t going to like this.

29 08 2008
Nance Confer

Seems like the perfect pick.

If you think you aren’t going to win and want to pander to R women and other far-right pro-lifers, pick this pretty woman.

Then, next time around, if you are the Rs, you can tell your women, “Sorry, gals, you had your chance in 2008 and we lost. Gotta go with two white guys, as usual.”

And to the fringe right? “Hey, we tried. Sorry.”

And get right on back to worrying about tax breaks for the rich. Or at least those who make more than $5 million a year. 🙂

Nance

29 08 2008
JJ

Oh, good thinking Nance, I missed that anti-woman bonus point provision!

29 08 2008
Nance Confer

And, as for education, you’ll love this: http://blog.wired.com/wiredscience/2008/08/mccains-vp-want.html

Or not. 🙂

Nance

29 08 2008
JJ

Good find Nance, just deeper icing to leave footprints in, on the Stupid Cake:

According to Fordham Institute science education expert Lawrence Lerner, Palin’s nomination is less worrisome in terms of education than the broad relationship of science and government.

“In the direct sense, vice presidents don’t have much to do with what goes on in classrooms. But a person who’s a creationist doesn’t understand science and technology at all,” said Lerner. “It doesn’t bode well for science, and doesn’t bode well for interaction between science and government.”

President Bush has been publicly skeptical of evolution, while Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Obama has professed support. “I think it’s a mistake to try to cloud the teachings of science with theories that frankly don’t hold up to scientific inquiry,” he said in April. . .

When asked about Palin potentially being a step removed from the White House, Forrest responded, “We’d have a creationist as President. But that’s not new — we’ve already got one.”

30 08 2008
JJ

Palin owns three homes (two listed for “recreation” – would that be stalking and killing “life” as family fun?) to McCain’s seven, eight or more.

Think she at least knows this, and would answer honestly when asked? 😉

*******
just found this video link of Glenn Beck interviewing Palin but can’t watch it due to some tech problems — if you see it, leave a comment and let me know what you think.

30 08 2008
Care

Here is the real video about the Vouge Spread. That photo is photo-shopped!

http://video.aol.com/video-detail/palin-featured-in-vogue/1789590682

30 08 2008
Jenn

Yikes, I thought the conservative bloggers where scathing, you lot make them look like amateurs. At least Palin has a husband that any liberal married woman would like(although Heaven forbid they admit it). I will sure be glad when the USA elections are over and homeschool blogs are more universal again.
No matter who wins I don’t think their is going to much change in the culture of consumerism which weakens America, strengthens countries that exploit the poor and can make the USA economy tumble down. Sure seems as if America the Strong and Free’s strings are being pulled by the puppet master China.

30 08 2008
JJ

Dunno where you’ve been or for how long ??– ain’t no such thing as a universal homeschooler blog where the godly helpmeet control freak identity-politics Young Earth creationists don’t rinse and repeat talking points and bible verses and anti-intellectualism until they drive mad and drive out the evolved few of us who unschool, unchurch, unchore, unpunish, and actually DO think and change our views and respect freedom and privacy and choice and wish we all could get along. We could tell you STORIES!

I’m the Devil Incarnate, didn’t you get the memo? (Or is that Nance, and I am the AntiChrist? Or maybe Doc is the AntiChrist and I am Hitler, oh yeah, that’s it.)

Usually the literalist helpmeet horde recites endless libertarian slogans about how we should all leave each other alone without interference, suu-uure. . .

It sucked me in too though, once upon a time, thinking surely they are just like you and I as parents and all homeschool parents want the same things and can be reasonable, but believe me, we learned the hard way in our state and nationally, you can’t reason with anti-science theocracy masquerading as rational individualism (you’re not “Rational” Jenn are you? If so I would’ve expected you to value Reason over ideological nonsense and seen these nuthouses for what they really are but hey, to each her own. Maybe you’re still really young and haven’t been disillusioned yet?)

It’s not always presented as election politics of course.

For years the Know-Nothingism was “who is a real homeschooler?” — that killed all sorts of inclusive forums including the brilliant shining hope that once was NHEN discourse, where many of us finally began to face how anti-intellectual and anti-education the old HEM clique was, underneath all its libertarian rhetoric. Or sometimes it’s framed as who thinks public policy should be secular and constitutional versus divinely imposed. And last year it was something as innocent and seemingly universal as an email list to discuss getting our own kids into college from homeschooling. I wasn’t welcome, too loosy goosy about all the thousands of dollars and hours worth of very formal schooling (at home) being inflicted on kids, when it’s not necessary. Heresy!

It’s always the same mindset-world view clash behind whatever is supposedly being discussed.
It took me seven or eight years online to finally see and accept this.
And to adopt the position that, “if you can’t join em, beat em!”

30 08 2008
JJ

Jenn, here’s something I wrote as a comment to the post in March where I announced I would vote for Barack Obama. I am a long-time nonpartisan think tank policy wonk type and have not been inspired by a national candidate in decades, if ever. It was the day of his transformational address on race.

The homeschooling community btw, has always had the same problem coming together — due to the same underlying differences in world view, experience and belief — that the larger citizenship has long suffered. And I’ve long felt the same mixed way about “homeschooling” as my identity, that Obama feels about his mixed racial identity.

Here’s the part of “homeschooling” that I renounce and repudiate: both of the national “legal defense” organizations for homeschool freedom and education choice are ideologically pure, not mixed at ALL. Both are generally Christian conservative-authoritarian in world view, although one positions itself as more libertarian politically than the other.

If you personally believe in choice and change and progress, diversity and social justice and the U.S. Constitution, imperfect though it is, in reason and science and the power of the individual human mind to think, to help ourselves do better together right here on earth — then you can let that define your homeschooling, rather than allowing the patriarchal Christofascist conservatism so politically dominant in defining every homeschool conversation, to define YOU.

Sir Alec Guiness in the first Star Wars movie: “(The) Force can have a strong influence on the weak-minded.” How cynical to call influencing the weak-minded “education” much less personal salvation, or respect, tolerance and peace. It is quite right to say I have no respect for using (the) Force to mislead, manipulate or enslave; indeed I do fear that and oppose it any way I can.

I believe what Spencer Tracy tells the jury in Inherit the Wind (great play too, not just a classic movie): I respect and revere the power of the individual human mind to THINK.

. . .Beyond school and church, beyond the courts and elected functionaries at every level of every social endeavor — what progress have we made since the 1925 Scopes trial if we see that less clearly now, than before we were so thoroughly schooled and churched?
. . . fanaticism and ignorance is forever busy, and needs feeding. And soon, your Honor, with banners flying and with drums beating we’ll be marching backward, BACKWARD, through the glorious ages of that Sixteenth Century when bigots burned the man who dared bring enlightenment and intelligence to the human mind!
Judge: I hope counsel does not mean to imply that this court is bigoted.
Henry Drummond: Well, your honor has the right to hope.
Judge: I have the right to do more than that.
Henry Drummond: You have the POWER to do more than that.
[the Judge holds Drummond in contempt of court]

30 08 2008
Nance Confer

“At least Palin has a husband that any liberal married woman would like(although Heaven forbid they admit it).”

***What’s this bit about? Her husband is good-looking? Why would I like him? But deny it?

***Please tell me, as my liberal married brain cannot figure this out! 🙂

Nance

30 08 2008
JJ

Doesn’t matter to me anyway– I go for the brains, not the biceps. 🙂

30 08 2008
Nance Confer

Well, my DH has both (she bragged 🙂 ) but I wonder if I should be looking to trade him in for the fabulous new Alaska model that is being praised. . .

Nance

30 08 2008
JJ

I saw Palin’s squeeze in some photos, he’s got a nice close-cropped beard. My DH has a beard (and yes, brains and biceps too, LOL) so I’m good — maybe you could keep your subtropical model Nance, and just hide his razor. Then you get the same effect but wouldn’t have to break in a new model to unschooling, and to sand instead of snow?

30 08 2008
Nance Confer

OK, I guess I’ll keep him. Wait, isn’t that DH’s line in some alternate universe? 🙂

So Palin is a dominionist too? http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2008/8/29/163234/559

So many problems. How’s Joe Biden supposed to remain a gentleman?

Nance

30 08 2008
JJ

Hey, maybe instead of Joe Biden, his AG son BEAU Biden could do the job (before he ships out to Iraq himself, I mean.) It would be perfect — he’s even younger than she is yet already so much better prepared, gosh-darn charming, with a baby I think or little kids of his own? , great family values and if he’s not several times as smart as she is, I’ll be stunned.

OTOH, I read somewhere tonight the suggestion that she is such a disastrous mistake for McCain and his dominionist handlers, that they will ruthlessly cut her loose before that ever happens. This person suggested she would suddenly announce that her new baby and the kids just needed her too much, withdraw herself and return to Alaska, opening up McCain to get a mulligan on “his” pick, a la Harriet Miers.

30 08 2008
JJ

Tomorrow Cindy MCain will tell George Stephanopoulos on tv that Obama is mean, mean, mean about all those houses they own and can’t keep up with . . .

Cindy McCain tells Stephanopoulos that Obama Offended Her

August 30, 2008 2:07 PM

ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos reports: Democrats’ attacks on her family’s wealth are unfair and offensive, Cindy McCain said today in an interview airing tomorrow on “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.”

For nearly two weeks, Democrats have repeatedly hit Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., for saying he is unaware of how many houses he owns, calling the presumptive Republican presidential nominee out of touch with everyday Americans. In his acceptance speech at the Democratic convention on Thursday, Democratic nominee Barack Obama turned up the heat on McCain, saying he “doesn’t know” about the lives of middle-class Americans.

“I’m offended by Barack Obama saying that about my husband,” said McCain’s wife Cindy.
When asked if [she felt] Obama went too far in his criticism of McCain, Cindy responded, “I do. I do. I really do.”

31 08 2008
JJ

To “Care” whose comment now appears above after I fished it from the spam filter — photo-shopped??? No kidding?! 😉

31 08 2008
Jenn

I have no idea what Palin’s husband looks like. That does not make for a good husband, the fact that he seems to fully support her and is taking on the home duties is what I was referring to.
Re- universal homeschooling, I meant not focused on US politics. I realise there is a HUGE difference in philosophies in the hs community and even in the unschooling community. I think that as long as each parent is looking out for the longterm good and options for their children and not just focusing on what is here, now and easy, the kids will flourish as adults.
Young earth Creation, Intelligent Design, Evolution, and all the shades in between, ……. I am not jumping into that pot. Personally I think WAY too much hoopla is made out of these differences. I think it’s like a group fighting about what to wear and forgetting about going out to the concert.

31 08 2008
JJ

Oh my, reality as just another shade in the wacko wainbow of belief, we all are entitled to our favorite color and what does it matter?
You might want to take a look at the new Palin post then.

But thanks for the geographical clarification.

31 08 2008
Nance Confer

the fact that he seems to fully support her and is taking on the home duties is what I was referring to.

*********

Well, some of us expect that all the time but . . .

Is that the plan? She goes to DC and he stays home?

Nance

31 08 2008
Nance Confer

This person suggested she would suddenly announce that her new baby and the kids just needed her too much, withdraw herself and return to Alaska, opening up McCain to get a mulligan on “his” pick, a la Harriet Miers.

********

Were you listening to me and my DH talking this morning? 🙂 That was one of our theories. Along the lines of: “This can’t be the choice they want to go with. Surely.”

And she can always claim family responsibilities, after having achieved the change in the news cycle from Obama’s great convention.

And after the Rs pretend to care about poor black people in LA.

Nance

31 08 2008
JJ

Along those lines, Nance, this new story says McCain is taking tactical (short-term) gambles without any real strategy (long-term) to win, much less govern if he somehow did win. Thus Palin was good for a couple of days of buzz, and bumping some media coverage of the Dem acceptance event from the weekend. Now that’s over, who needs her, would be the approach.

So read this aloud to DH and see if he thinks it fits (then you’ll know what to think LOL)
In the spirit of being a little more universal then, let’s nip across the pond for a Sunday paper:
Game On, Advantage Obama”

31 08 2008
Jenn

I must have been mistaken. I thought that somewhere on your blog I read you believed that seeing infinite shade of grey was fascinating? Seems as if it has to be a certain shade to meet with your approval and not to be made as some Wacko? You do sound very black and white on your opinions, strongly believe what you believe is right is the absolute truth and not a believer in shades of grey, just fascinated by them. Which is fine, I just mistakenly thought you where more of a moderate type. I don’t take too seriously what any scientist has said until I see who signs his pay-check and what his ambitions are. I take those whose opinions are different from mine serious when they have proved to be credit worthy. David Suzuki is one such a man.

31 08 2008
Nance Confer

Yes, shades of grey are interesting. But shades of grey found in the real world. The reality-based world. Not some fairy tale that some want to teach as science. That’s not nuance, that lying.

Now to go Google David Suzuki. He’s credit-worthy in your estimation but the entire scientific community is not? Have to see who he is.

Nance

31 08 2008
Nance Confer

Suzuki sounds like a nice mainstream environmentalist to me — http://www.time.com/time/specials/2007/article/0,28804,1663317_1663319_1669892,00.html

But you disagree with him? But find him credit-worthy?

Nance

31 08 2008
JJ

I’m tempted to be snarky back but having already given this exchange with a passing stranger more effort than I usually can afford, let me throw in one last attempt.

Sure, shades of grey are fascinating and everything is about power of story. But you’re wrong to think this power of story is about moderates and shades of grey. You’ll be duped as I’ve been until you can think more clearly than that.

I’ve been inspired by Obama’s much smarter and more strategic approach. Dangerous theocrats and corporate villains are using wackos by playing to their stupidity, are doing everything they can to destroy any possibility for him to be the change I hope to see him lead in the world. I oppose that and I’m tired of pretending it makes sense and supports family values to be against actual human progress.

So to them, the useful idiots and their dangerous braintrust — and only them — I have my back up, and I won’t back down. And if you aren’t one of them, we can have a fine, wide-ranging and intelligent discussion. And if you ARE one of them, not so much.

31 08 2008
JJ

I guess you could say I’ve been radicalized by the homeschool movement LOL — I’ve come to think the only thing that really counts in education is understanding what it isn’t, and being able to articulate that.

1 09 2008
boremetotears

“anti-science theocracy masquerading as rational individualism”

Anti-science, anti-woman, anti-anything that contradicts their Worldview. In other words, anti-us.

Speaking generally… I disagree with many nonreligious homeschoolers who speak about homeschooling as an (almost sacred) identity that we all share, “despite our differences”… My feeling is that many homeschoolers christians that homeschool are using homeschooling as their best tool to “raise up” their children to govern ours. To treat our children as second-class citizens in a “Judeo-Christian” Nation… I don’t believe that most think about it in such blunt terms, but that’s what’s happening. It’s a mistake to dismiss them – homeschooling or not – as a bunch of harmless crackpots, in my humble opinion; and, once you turn that corner, it’s hard not to feel a sense of urgency about it 🙂

1 09 2008
Jenn

After this post I will probably check in only occasional till after the your elections to see what you have to say, in general. As I said I am careful what I take from any scientific study, esp. medicine as to who writes the pay check. Politicians, I don’t really believe a word anyone of them say. I believe a lot have good intentions but some how the water gets murky once they are in office. If McCain gets in office I think everything will go on as it is, if Obama gets in there will be talk about change for a while and after the masses have balked about the sacrifices needed for change that will also be buried. People are always hungry for change until they realise what they will need to sacrifice. Sacrifice always seems good as long as someone else is doing it. Just for your entertainment, you may be interested in finding a DVD series called “Yes, Minister” to find out who really rules a country.

1 09 2008
JJ

Don’t feel you need to check in on our account! I think we may not be the right place for you at this stage of your life. We’re probably too old to relate to your interests.

P.S. I watched Yes Minister avidly on PBS back in the 80s and even used a clip from one episode in our media workshops for government officials . . .

2 09 2008
Jenn

I’ll check in for my own pleasure, thanks. I like reading different peoples points of view, generally on home schooling, educating, what ever who ever wants to call it. I am interested to know your take on what makes for a good education and what not.
>We’re probably too old to relate to your interests.
Yikes, you must be a grandma then or older. I thought you where also a homeschooling mom.

2 09 2008
Nance Confer

I’m 51. I believe JJ has a couple of years on me.

And you?

Nance

2 09 2008
Jenn

Nance,

I don’t really care how old she is, just didn’t like feeling I was being spoken down too. That aside, and no major issue, I’m interested in homeschooling parents of ALL ages, ALL outlooks, and all countries. See what they like doing, what works for them and once their kids have graduated are they satisfied with how it went, would they change anything. I would not have followed her to her blog if I did not think I may learn something from her.

Politics just seems to have overtaken most US blogs, understandably, but not major interesting to me. Putting the leaders on the stakes as they get done, all 3 of them, have not read much about Biden, just astonishes me and is not of interest to me.

I’m sorry if I stepped on some toes with my first comments. I did not mean to offend and have no intention of pulling anyone to shreds if I disagree with the way they do things.

2 09 2008
JJ

Jenn, my unschooled 18-year-old is almost through community college on the president’s list,and sings and dances in musical theatre. In fact we were off at a musical rehearsal tonight because she doesn’t drive yet. I think this is an interesting phenomenon in hsing, btw, that kids often don’t feel so pressed to drive right away, to “escape” or whatever.

If I understand your input, you’re looking for homeschool blogging that will get you through the US election. There are hundreds of blog essay posts, many with provocative comments and lots of links to more, both here and at Favorite Daughter’s blog (called Cocking a Snook Too!) Both blogs have a search box and you can have some fun poking around; try Minnesota or Greg Laden or maybe college or power of story, or banned books or musical theatre, and see what comes up. 🙂

Or abortion, thinking parents, Dr. Seuss, movies, sports, video games, Gone With the Wind. . .

Maybe you would like this or this, for example?
Or “Stress for Success: How Do You Solve a Problem Like the Ivies?”

2 09 2008
JJ

Or science, evolution, Florida, fire, hurricane, snake, ooh or SLEEP. . .

3 09 2008
Jenn

THANKS, I loved reading Stress for Success, will re-read it when I’m not keeping my eyes open with matches. Your daughters writing is also very entertaining and enlightening reading. You sure did a good job/or she did, not sure how she got that far but I’m pretty sure you had a big part of it. I would love to read more on what you do and did. Unschooling has such a broad range that I would like to know what unschooling means for you. I have found a mom who basically seems to just let her kids be and then one who says she lets them choose and gently nudges them along. I would love to know more about what a typical year is for you. Did you follow ANY curriculum at any stage? How did a teacher move from class room to homeschool, was it an easy transition or a lot of explaining yourself. ???????? Too many. Do you have a book out ;-)?

3 09 2008
JJ

Jenn asks: Do you have a book out?

No, I learned to blog instead and before that I wrote a lot at the NHEN forums (here’s a huge folder of examples). Some unschooling links here at Snook (look on the right-hand column) are much more comprehensive than anything I’ve written and have been vetted with the real experiences of thousands over the years, so check those out as well. Sandra Dodd, Joyce Fetteroll and Pam Sorooshian especially.

Since you’ve motivated me with flattery though, I will pontificate a bit more. 😉

Here are some similar essays for you to explore, and I warn you, each of THESE will lead you to still others:

I must take issue with any suggestion that it’s a good thing for home education or individual homeschoolers, that any students be made to suffer “consequences” (not be admitted to college?) simply because their personal path didn’t involve years of traditional school coursework and pro forma record-keeping. Also I can no longer accept that hypercompetitive college admissions are in fact based on an even-handed and educationally valid assessment of each child’s success potential.

Arguably there was a time when universal idealism about institutions of higher learning served American kids and American values well, but if there ever were such a time, it is no more.

“Harvard: More Marine Corps or Modeling Agency?”

“Homeschoolers Outthinking College Gatekeepers”

“College Name Game Major Act of Irrationality”

“Garbage In, Garbage Out? Getting Into School”

“Black Swan/Ugly Duckling School Software Found in Florida”

“Homeschooling Is Sustainable Education Alternative”

“Schools Teach Last Test While Education Writes Next One”

“Supporting an Education Habit”

“Schoolkids Aren’t Conscripts in Your Ideological Army!”

3 09 2008
Jenn

NO KIDDING, you will keep me busy for a long time. I am glad you decided to pontificate a bit more. Will keep checking in and around.

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