The Curriculum Crutch

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Listening to Unschooled Teens

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Don't Do It!

Normally, I don’t write anti-school blogposts. Many wonderful families who love their children use the school system and many more see school as their ticket to the American Dream. That’s fine. I’m usually perfectly okay with people making decisions that differ from mine.But this time of year, I have twinge that doesn’t want to go away. It persists for about a month or so. I’m sure it’s exacerbated by all of the hoopla surrounding all the Back-to-School sales. Something in me wants to step into those shopping aisles, turn to those moms with their supply lists, and say, “Don’t do it.”I know the reactions that would get. The raised eyebrows. The defensive posturing. I hear those mothers who loudly announce to each other, “Only four more days…” With their kids within earshot, we all know the rest of that statement, “…until they go back to school and get out of my life.”I also know there have to be mothers in those stores who don’t agree. Something is tugging at them to maybe explore something else for their child. They are mothers who want more time with their sons and daughters. Mothers who see their own family as the most important unit, and not their child’s homeroom teacher and class. And these are the mothers I want to lean over to and say, “Don’t do it.”For years, these mothers have been conditioned to stop questioning the status quo, get back in line and ignore their gut about keeping their kids home. Quickly they rationalize that sending them to school is The Right Thing To Do. All of the pro-school marketing comes flooding back into their heads....more

"I'm Not Your Friend, I'm Your Mother!"

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3 Tips on Politics, Friendships, and Facebook

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Reminiscing Halloween

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Happy Birthday & R.I.P. Edward Wolfe Faltynowski

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@garnet76 Hi Christine, I don't always check back here at Blogher. Yes, Eddie had a brother ...more

One Little Word - WITH

A Life Full of Days...I wrote this specifically for what makes unschooling work. But in reality, this probably is what makes ALL parenting work......more

Spoonbending & Firewalking

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I Don't Understand "Christian" Hate

A Life Full of Days...http://suepatterson.blogspot.com/2012/08/i-dont-understand-christian-hat...The Chick-Fil-A Controversy has brought an issue to the forefront for me...again.  For those who are not aware:...more