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One Post; Two Smackdowns

You gotta love it! Suzi at My Own Thoughts first takes on “law professor and working mom Linda Hirshman” as Hirshman tries to lecture women who (gasp!) choose to stay home and raise their kids. A taste:

“I think it’s a mistake for these highly educated and capable women to make that choice [to stay home],? said law professor and working mom Linda Hirshman. “I am saying an educated, competent adult’s place is in the office.?

Whoa! I’m an educated competent adult. I should make my own choices! And I’ve chosen to stay home and educate my children, as opposed to going to work full time and educating other people’s children.

I would love to spend time dissecting Hirshman’s assertions myself, but it’s a pretty hectic time right now. Plus, Suzi has more credibility in this regard, being a “highly educated and capable woman.”

But wait, there’s more! One of Suzi’s commenters takes her to task for making a punctuation error.

Why don’t you try using correct punctuation to make yourself more credible as a home teacher? I quote:

For instance, just yesterday, having heard of “urinal cakes? for the first time (My eldest asked his father what they were for.) we got into a discussion on them.

Too bad for the commenter. Suzi has a PhD in English and is ready with a response (and here I must quote almost the entire response - I hope Suzi will forgive me):

I don’t need to be more credible as a home teacher. First off, I don’t teach homes. I teach my sons. I am a homeschooling mother. I also have a PhD, that’s a doctorate- a terminal degree, in how to write. I also have a master’s in English Literature and a Bachelor’s of Secondary Education with majors in history and English and a minor in biology. In addition, I have dozens of graduate hours each in communications, business, and missions.I will not say that I am always perfect at grammar; in fact, I often break the rules on purpose. And sometimes I break them because I am in a hurry or not thinking.

But I am correct in my usage of the parentheses and the period for this blog entry.

“Rule 3. Periods go inside parentheses only if an entire sentence is inside the parentheses.? from Grammarbook.com

I didn’t know that about parentheses, but I defer to Suzi on this one. As for myself, my wife usually finds any typos in my posts; then I go back and correct them.

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