Community-Minded, Liberal Parents Don't Homeschool? Part 2

(My continued rant about Dana Goldstein’s Slate article, “Liberals, Don’t Homeschool Your Kids: Why Teaching Children at Home Violates Progressive Values”)...more
 @mompaisley Ha - that sounds about right.  Night and day, you and me, politically anyway.  ;) ... more

Community-Minded, Liberal Parents Don't Homeschool?

Dana Goldstein’s Slate article contending that homeschooling is antithetical to progressive social values has hit a nerve. Goldstein’s thesis is this: Truly community-minded, liberal, progressive parents enroll their children in public school, become involved in the PTO and/or school board, and work to make things better. I used to see her point. I have come to understand that no amount of money or parent involvement is going to make public education anything other than what it is: too big and dysfunctional to be fixed....more
 @Maddie@1HM 22 years - wow!  Hats off to you!  I think the key is, as you say, raising ... more

Community-Minded, Liberal Parents Don't Homeschool?

Dana Goldstein’s Slate article contending that homeschooling is antithetical to progressive social values has hit a nerve. Goldstein’s thesis is this: Truly community-minded, liberal, progressive parents enroll their children in public school, become involved in the PTO and/or school board, and work to make things better. I used to see her point. I have come to understand that no amount of money or parent involvement is going to make public education anything other than what it is: too big and dysfunctional to be fixed....more
 @SunbonnetSmart.com  I am currently reading Weapons of Mass Instruction by Gatto - and it's ... more

Community-Minded, Liberal Parents Don't Homeschool?

Dana Goldstein’s Slate article contending that homeschooling is antithetical to progressive social values has hit a nerve. Goldstein’s thesis is this: Truly community-minded, liberal, progressive parents enroll their children in public school, become involved in the PTO and/or school board, and work to make things better. I used to see her point. I have come to understand that no amount of money or parent involvement is going to make public education anything other than what it is: too big and dysfunctional to be fixed....more
 @SunbonnetSmart.com Thanks for sharing! more

Community-Minded, Liberal Parents Don't Homeschool?

Dana Goldstein’s Slate article contending that homeschooling is antithetical to progressive social values has hit a nerve. Goldstein’s thesis is this: Truly community-minded, liberal, progressive parents enroll their children in public school, become involved in the PTO and/or school board, and work to make things better. I used to see her point. I have come to understand that no amount of money or parent involvement is going to make public education anything other than what it is: too big and dysfunctional to be fixed....more
 @strawberrytech Yikes - I just fixed that and inserted the link.  I thought it was there! ... more

Community-Minded, Liberal Parents Don't Homeschool?

Dana Goldstein’s Slate article contending that homeschooling is antithetical to progressive social values has hit a nerve. Goldstein’s thesis is this: Truly community-minded, liberal, progressive parents enroll their children in public school, become involved in the PTO and/or school board, and work to make things better. I used to see her point. I have come to understand that no amount of money or parent involvement is going to make public education anything other than what it is: too big and dysfunctional to be fixed....more
 @Scooping It Up Thanks for the response!  One of the best responses I've seen to the Slate ... more

Community-Minded, Liberal Parents Don't Homeschool?

Dana Goldstein’s Slate article contending that homeschooling is antithetical to progressive social values has hit a nerve. Goldstein’s thesis is this: Truly community-minded, liberal, progressive parents enroll their children in public school, become involved in the PTO and/or school board, and work to make things better. I used to see her point. I have come to understand that no amount of money or parent involvement is going to make public education anything other than what it is: too big and dysfunctional to be fixed....more
 @Denise Ah, I'm glad I am reaching that point early in my kids' schooling careers!  ;) more

Community-Minded, Liberal Parents Don't Homeschool?

Dana Goldstein’s Slate article contending that homeschooling is antithetical to progressive social values has hit a nerve. Goldstein’s thesis is this: Truly community-minded, liberal, progressive parents enroll their children in public school, become involved in the PTO and/or school board, and work to make things better. I used to see her point. I have come to understand that no amount of money or parent involvement is going to make public education anything other than what it is: too big and dysfunctional to be fixed....more
 @Denise You go, girl!  Was that always your plan, or did something happen that made you decide ... more

New York Times Reviewer Calls Jodi Kantor's "The Obamas" Chick Nonfiction

Stop the presses! Did you know that there's a whole new genre of nonfiction that has been heretofore unknown? It's true! New York Times reviewer Douglas Brinkley unveiled it in his recent review of Jodi Kantor's The Obamas and it's called "chick nonfiction." What does it mean? Nothing good. ...more
When one really stops to think about sexism and how widespread and deeply ingrained it is...it ... more

Fantasy State of the Union

My sister Americans: The state of our union is strong.  Electing women to fully 51% of public offices has ushered in a new era in our great experiment in democracy.  Legislators now put the common good ahead of their personal power and individual gain.  We, men and women together, make better policy decisions and make them faster than in any prior administration.  As a result, the cost of government has decreased dramatically and we have more funds available to put to good use in making our country smarter, healthier, more competitive, and ...more
Indeed womanindc - can you imagine seeing such a thing in our lifetimes? Let's make it happen! ... more