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I just can’t help myself

Thursday, June 8th, 2006

Jim West, again. Who can figure him out? His latest is entitled: “The Homeschooler’s [sic] Are Still Angry.” And the first line of the post is:
I won’t be provinding a link to the angry homeschooler who has been sending visitors this way recently (though, thanks!).
The rest of the post is a description […]

Socialization and Homeschooling

Wednesday, May 31st, 2006

Still have questions about socialization and homeschooling? Let Andrea over at Atypical Homeschool set your mind at ease. The punch line:
The volumes of papers and articles I came across have all come to the same conclusions: parents are the single most important influence for children to learn social behaviours.
I’ll let you read her […]

More Cherry-Picking by Jim West

Sunday, May 28th, 2006

In a post entitled, “Heinrich Bullinger: On the Necessity of Schools,” West simply provides a quote by Bullinger:
“All peoples who were not totally rude and without understanding have noticed and understood that no kingdom or government can happily be preserved without schools.”
To provide himself cover, West makes no further comment in this post, but based […]

“Teaching About Reading”

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2006

I have mixed feelings about this, from Joanne Jacobs:
According to a new report, “What Education Schools Aren’t Teaching About Reading and What Elementary Teachers Aren’t Learning,” by the National Council on Teacher Quality, 85 percent of education schools aren’t teaching prospective teachers how to teach reading effectively.
On the one hand, it’s clear to me that […]

New Directions

Friday, May 19th, 2006

This is going to be a summer of change for us here at the Ticklish Ears household. I have been offered an opportunity to work for the Air Force again as a Program Manager in the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (just checked out their new web presence - very nice!). I’ll […]

“Colleges started competing for her to come”

Tuesday, May 16th, 2006

So says William Taylor, father of Ashley and eight other homeschooled children, on Ashley’s popularity with college admissions offices.
From homeschooling detractors, like Dr. Jim West, we have statements like:
The homeschooled children I have known who have gone to college have, to a person, “gone wild” as soon as outside their parents control.
And yet we have […]

Jim West, Racism, and Homeschooling - too good for only one post

Wednesday, April 26th, 2006

Be sure to read the post below first.
I can’t figure it out. This guy really has it in for homeschoolers. First he tries to get us to believe that Luther was a public school advocate (and I guess, therefore, an opponent of home schooling). Now he wants us to believe homeschooling has […]

Is Homeschooling Racist?

Wednesday, April 26th, 2006

Dr. Jim West (remember him?) wants us to ponder the racist roots of homeschooling by reading an editorial at the Baptist Center for Ethics, entitled, Is Racism at Heart of the Disdain for Public Schools?:
As slavery was at the heart of the founding of the Southern Baptist Convention in 1845, racism was at the heart […]

A new take on Homeschooling - “Luther Twisting”

Sunday, April 23rd, 2006

Daryl Cobranchi finds the most interesting disparagers of homeschooling. You may recall that recently, he pointed us to the fifth grade teacher whose criticisms of homeschooling were greeted by a chorus of responses from Daryl’s readers, and who, in turn, responded with profanity-laden emails (Daryl tells us that this teacher has since apologized for […]

Daryl makes another friend

Friday, April 14th, 2006

I hope this won’t be too complicated to write about. Try to stay with me.
It all started with Daryl Cobranchi pointing us to the blog of a 5th grade teacher, Ross, who was taking some pot shots at homeschoolers:
Now the problem here is that private schools and home school supporters (don’t even get me […]

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