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INSPIRED TO DONATE

Filed on October 15, 2006 at 3:55 pm under by dcobranchi

HSLDA is playing the honest broker in the current election. GOP victory = Homeschooling freedom. That’s according to their recent e-Lert:

[For] the first time in over a decade, control of both the U.S. Senate and U.S. House is realistically at stake. A change in party control could have a wide ranging impact on homeschoolers.

Based on Home School Legal Defense Association’s experience of protecting and defending homeschooling on the state and federal levels, I can assure you that the Republican majorities in Congress are friends of homeschooling…

Twelve years ago, [Democratic Rep.] George Miller attempted to introduce an amendment that would have required that all teachers, including homeschool moms, be certified teachers. He may try something similar if he ever gains the chairmanship of this important committee…

Our homeschooling freedom is fragile. One amendment passed by a Democrat-controlled House and Senate could find its way into law. HSLDA will do everything, with your help, to stop this from happening, but our job, to defend your right to homeschool, will be much easier with government leaders who support our position…

The lines are clearly drawn for us on the homeschool, life, and marriage issues. I am convinced that we must do all that we can to ensure that Republicans maintain control of Congress on November 7.

Hmmm. A 501(c)(3) organization calling for their members to donate to and vote for Republicans. I’d say that’s a pretty blatant violation of their tax-exempt status. Perhaps someone should tip off the IRS?

Well, I was so taken with HSLDA’s call for action and donations, that I kicked in an extra $20 to Larry Kissell.

UPDATE: You’d think a bunch of lawyers could figure this out:

The Prohibition on Political Campaign Intervention

Under the Internal Revenue Code, all section 501(c)(3) organizations are absolutely prohibited from directly or indirectly participating in, or intervening in, any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for elective public office. The prohibition applies to all campaigns including campaigns at the federal, state and local level. Violation of this prohibition may result in denial or revocation of tax-exempt status and the imposition of certain excise taxes. Those section 501(c)(3) organizations that are private foundations are subject to additional restrictions that are not described in this fact sheet.

What is Political Campaign Intervention?

Political campaign intervention includes any and all activities that favor or oppose one or more candidates for public office. The prohibition extends beyond candidate endorsements. Contributions to political campaign funds or public statements of position (verbal or written) made by or on behalf of an organization in favor of or in opposition to any candidate for public office clearly violate the prohibition on political campaign intervention. Distributing statements prepared by others that favor or oppose any candidate for public office will also violate the prohibition. Allowing a candidate to use an organization’s assets or facilities will also violate the prohibition if other candidates are not given an equivalent opportunity. Although section 501(c)(3) organizations may engage in some activities to promote voter registration, encourage voter participation, and provide voter education, they will violate the prohibition on political campaign intervention if they engage in an activity that favors or opposes any candidate for public office. Certain activities will require an evaluation of all the facts and circumstances to determine whether they result in political campaign intervention.

And, just in case anyone’s interested, here’s the form used to report tax fraud.

UPDATE II: Scott pointed out in comments that I had the portion of the tax code wrong. HSLDA is chartered as a 501(c)(4) organization. The rules covering political activity are different. I’ll leave it to y’all to determine if they’ve still crossed the line:

The promotion of social welfare does not include direct or indirect participation or intervention in political campaigns on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for public office. However, a section 501(c)(4) social welfare organization may engage in some political activities, so long as that is not its primary activity. However, any expenditure it makes for political activities may be subject to tax under section 527(f).

CRIKEY!

Filed on at 2:27 pm under by dcobranchi

In an otherwise pretty good piece on the Foley fallout, The Age (Australia) throws in this bit:

Home schooling is a growing movement in America, particularly among evangelicals, and one of the key motivations for home schooling is to ensure that children are not exposed to gay teachers in the country’s public school system.

I find it hard to believe that’s true, even among the fundies. It’s just much easier to get a gay teacher fired.

AGGGHHHH!

Filed on at 11:00 am under by dcobranchi

This kind of crap pisses me off:

Leading up to the Republican primary election last spring, Taylor received endorsements from Gov. Rick Perry, the Texas Homeschool Coalition and the Texas Eagle Forum.

The statewide groups ought to be completely nonpartisan. Otherwise, homeschooling becomes just another political football. When the Democrats take power (and they will sooner or later) do we really want homeschooling to be thought of as Republican?

GOOD CATCH

Filed on October 14, 2006 at 6:25 pm under by dcobranchi

Someone in the Philly area has been messing with you know who’s Wikipedia page. Stargirl7 caught the edits and fixed it.

LIFE IMITATES ART

Filed on at 12:58 pm under by dcobranchi

He keeps using that word. I do not think it means what he thinks it means.

COMMENT OF THE DAY

Filed on at 8:00 am under by dcobranchi

Let him who is without sin cast the first stone.

This one is completely hilarious. A g-school grad opines on the quality of education HEKs receive:

honestly, can we trust everyone who homeschools to be teaching a decent education? I have dated 2 homeschooled girls comming to college, and am currently in a relationship with a homeschooled girl for almost 2 1/2 years now. In my three run-ins, ive found that the homeschooled ciriculum focused heavily on morality (christian by the fact that they were all 3 christian) and religious studies. neither of the girls knew basic principles of science, such as water reaches boiling point at 100 celsius only at water level, and changes depending on evelation with respect to the water level. This is something you learn in 5th grade science where i am from. Not to mention the graduation exam of alabama is on a 7th grade level, meaing the amount of detail you learn in the 12 years of education goes to waste because you only need to know barely any detail to pass the exam to graduate. So these girls graduating highschool without even a basic detailed understanding of science, nor did they know anything about non-christian literature in history. I know that this is not the way for all people in homeschool, but to leave a childs future in the hands of parents without some reguard as to what ever other child is getting out of education is careless of society. Armey wants self-rule almost, and apparently wants to abolish the bonds of society. The point of society is to help eachother progress through life, and children are the ones most in need of assistance through life.

Too many idiocies to fisk.

OK, I’M A STATIST

Filed on at 7:48 am under by dcobranchi

I’m with the schools in this case. A TB test is not a vaccination.

LIFE ON THE MOON

Filed on at 6:01 am under by dcobranchi

APOD continues its quest to document evidence of extra-terrestrial life. In today’s pic, vandals (presumably indigenous) have defaced the Moon.

ROD HELDER’S LUCKY DAY

Filed on October 13, 2006 at 5:56 pm under by dcobranchi

The Fayetteville Observer is not going to publish my LttE, but it was my choice. I had previously sent the editor a letter seeking supplies for the al Fatah school. I hadn’t meant for it to be published, but they gave me that option. The paper’s rules allow only one LttE every six weeks. So, I had to choose– DNPE or the girls in Kabul.

Wasn’t even close.

AL FATAH UPDATE

Filed on at 1:02 pm under by dcobranchi

They have a website. Please consider giving.

BTW, I note that they need chemistry and biology supplies. There are a fair number of scientists who drop in here– Check with your employers.

HEADS UP: FLORIDA

Filed on at 6:57 am under by dcobranchi

Keep an eye on this abuse case.

I GUESS I’M NOT A LIBERTARIAN

Filed on at 6:26 am under by dcobranchi

Cato just released a long white paper [pdf] on the “invisible” libertarian voter. It’s pretty interesting stuff, but I found their thinking a little too black or white:

The American National Election Studies data also allow us to identify libertarians in the electorate. ANES has asked the same questions for 15 years. We used these questions:

• Next, I am going to ask you to choose which of two statements I read comes closer to your own opinion. You might agree to some extent with both, but we want to know which one is closer to your own views: ONE, The less government, the better; or TWO, There are
more things that government should be doing?

• ONE, We need a strong government to handle today’s complex economic problems; or, TWO, The free market can handle these problems without government being involved.

• We should be more tolerant of people who choose to live according to their own moral standards, even if they are very different from our own. (Do you agree strongly, agree somewhat, neither agree nor disagree, disagree somewhat, or disagree strongly with this statement?)

Only those respondents who said “the less government the better,” “the free market can handle these problems,” and strongly agreed or agreed that “we should be more tolerant” were classified as libertarian.

I generally agree with “the smaller the better,” but I see the two biggest issues over the next decade as health care and climate change. Neither one will be “solved” by the free market. Universal health care is going to come. It has to. We are bankrupting our manufacturing base because of the crazy way we fund health care. Universal health care would have to be more efficient than the 25% waste found today. As for global warming– It’s the tragedy of the commons. Just like we needed the EPA in the ’70s to force businesses away from the race to the bottom (line), we’ll almost surely need a governmental response to global warming.

So, per Cato I’m no longer even libertarian-leaning. But I don’t think so.

ONE FOR ANNETTE

Filed on October 12, 2006 at 6:47 am under by dcobranchi

This Worcester, MA paper gets why the policy forcing former HEKs to start as freshmen is a dumb idea whose time has gone. Now, if only homeschooling advocates would recognize the same.

UP TO THEIR OLD STUPID TRICKS

Filed on October 11, 2006 at 9:19 pm under by dcobranchi

Mike Farris is at it again with the international law bullshit fear-mongering:

As an advocate for homeschoolers, Farris particularly points to the recent jailing of a homeschooling mother in Germany and the government’s attempt to force children into state schools against their parents’ wishes.

In September, the online news magazine, Brussels Journal, reported that Katherina Plett, a German Baptist in Paderborn, was arrested in her home and charged under a Hitler-era law originally designed to ensure the indoctrination of children into Nazi ideology.

The law is still on the books and was largely ignored until recently when the German government began cracking down on Christian homeschooling families. Katherina Plett’s husband fled with the children to Austria while another family had their children removed by the court for the crime of homeschooling.

These and similar decisions in other countries could, says Farris, become the standard for interpretations of US law by courts. “No one should miss its bigger meaning. The state has the power to demand attendance at government schools so that children may receive indoctrination in today’s theories of pluralism.”

Farris surely knows better. We’re too large and too politically active to ever face those kinds of restrictions.

THE NEXT CONSERVATISM

Filed on at 9:13 pm under by dcobranchi

Paul Weyrich has some big plans. I have one minor quibble with his article and one major problem.

First, the quibble– Homeschooling is not and never was “conservative.” It’s a radical departure from the accepted norm.

My big problem with the piece, though, is the premise that we need a new conservatism. I’m not sure the country could survive that. The first one, which Weyrich claims some responsibility for, has nearly destroyed the country.

LTTE UPDATE

Filed on at 12:52 pm under by dcobranchi

I just had a very long conversation with Helder. He agreed that the police station was a bad idea and that DNPE will relocate the meeting. I also got agreement from him to insert “Optional” before the part about bringing the kids. I tried to get him to delete that part completely but was unsuccessful.

LETTER OF THE DAY

Filed on at 6:26 am under by dcobranchi

I just sent this in to the Fayetteville Observer.

NC made a laughingstock

A branch of the state government, the Division of Non-public Education (DNPE), has completely overstepped its legal authority in its regulation of homeschooling. In so doing, it has garnered national attention alternating between cries of horror and hoots of derision.

Whether one agrees that homeschooling is a social good or not, the fact of the matter is that it is a legal right, based on laws passed by the General Assembly. Those laws mandate that all homeschools must maintain vaccination, attendance, and testing records and that these records must be maintained at the “school,” so that a state representative from the DNPE may inspect them at reasonable times. My own belief is that these records and inspections serve little or no purpose, but the law is the law. And we follow the law– to the letter. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for DNPE.

On October 10th, DNPE sent out a notice (reproduced here: http://nche.com/alert/index.html) requesting that homeschoolers in the Triangle area voluntarily come in for a review meeting at a centralized location. The tone of the letter was anything but a request. DNPE has no legal right to demand a meeting away from the “school,” but it gets much worse than that. Along with extra-legal requests to review textbooks, lesson plans, and portfolios, the letter tells, not asks, parents to bring their kids (ages 7 to 17) to this meeting. AT THE POLICE STATION! Yes, the state bureaucrats could not come up with a better location than that. What a terrific way to scare a bunch of kids.

The news spread like wildfire across the NC homeschooling community and then to national blogs and listservs. DNPE is a national embarrassment, and Rod Helder, the director of DNPE, should step down. Anyone who is so tone-deaf to just how chilling is that letter he signed should not be in a position to regulate and supervise law-abiding families.

Helder should go. Now.

NC ALERT: DUMBEST EDUCRATS EVER!

Filed on October 10, 2006 at 6:59 pm under by dcobranchi

Alt title: HELL NO! WE WON’T GO!

This one really is beyond words, so I’ll let the educrats do the talking. FWIW, our law mandates that we maintain attendance, vaccination, and testing records and that we make them available once per year.

Monday, October 9, 2006

Dear Home School Administrator:

Instead of our coming to your home this year for a school record review visit, you have been randomly selected to ask if you would voluntarily come to meet with a representative of this office (name given below) on the date and at the location stated below. The meeting will last no longer than 25 minutes.

Please call this office within the next TEN days to arrange a specific appointment time. If you cannot attend or you are no longer home schooling your children please call or write this office within ten days of the above date and so state.

If you can arrange to come, please plan to bring the following to the meeting:

1. Students (those aged 7 through 17) currently enrolled in your school;

2. Student attendance records for the current school year

3. Student disease immunization records

4. Results from the most recently administered nationally standardized achievement test

5. Optional — Textbook list; this year’s daily log/lesson plan book; examples of student work, etc. which you might want to voluntarily show to our staff representative.

6. Any questions or suggestions you may have.

We greatly appreciate the North Carolina home schooling community’s cooperation in meeting with us and look forward to hearing from you within the next ten days.

Sincerely,

(signed)

Rod Helder

Director

DATE: Thursday, November 2, 2006 from 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

DNPE Representative: Kristy Daughtry

LOCATION/DIRECTIONS: WEST DISTRICT POLICE STATION BEHIND THE WALMART IN GARNER STATION. THE ADDRESS IS 1809 GARNER STATION. IF YOU NEED MORE DIRECTIONS PLEASE CALL 919.722.8810

Yeah, let’s drag our kids to the police station and scare the crap out of them! What was the phrase for that again, Chris?

To its credit, NCHE is strongly urging folks not to attend.

UPDATE: We’re second year homeschoolers as far as DNPE knows. I really hope we get one of those cards when they come to the Sandhills. Just imagine all the fun we can have.

JUST FOR SCOTT

Filed on at 5:51 pm under by dcobranchi

A trackback.

OT: TERRORIST BEER

Filed on at 12:49 pm under by dcobranchi

According to this CNN report Sam Adams is on the TSA’s no-fly list. Presumably, good-old Republican American Coor’s Lite is still allowed on planes.

POT, MEET KETTLE

Filed on at 6:43 am under by dcobranchi

Homeschooling is only mentioned tangentially in this article, but I want to present a couple of quotes that I found funny:

[Our] Constitution is not the Bible (I wish it was!)

That’s no different than a wack-job fundamentalist like the “God Hates F*gs” fool.

Isn’t someone who wishes for a bible-based theocracy by definition one of those wack-job fundies?

PROOF OF LIFE ON MARS

Filed on October 9, 2006 at 6:30 am under by dcobranchi

From today’s APOD.

TOTALLY BELIEVABLE

Filed on at 6:24 am under by dcobranchi

if a bit problematic for the subject.

UPDATE: Hmmm. The spams for her “academies” seem to have vanished into the aether.

DUCT, DUCT, GOOSE

Filed on at 5:44 am under by dcobranchi

Here’s a silly little piece to start the week with a smile– a bunch of HEKs are learning to work in the exciting artistic medium of duct tape.

WE WERE HIP AND NEVER KNEW IT

Filed on at 5:31 am under by dcobranchi

Large(r) families are the new hotness:

Clark, 38, is aware of the buzz that large families — in the suburbs, at least — are a new status symbol.

“I thought it was kind of funny,” she said “Most people who have a lot of kids don’t have the time or energy to care what about others think.”

SOMEWHAT BELIEVABLE

Filed on October 8, 2006 at 10:35 pm under by dcobranchi

The second half, at least.

UPDATE: An anonymous user has updated the page yet again.

HELP WANTED

Filed on at 12:52 pm under by dcobranchi

The NYT needs a science writer. Badly.

A.D.M. spent nearly three decades pushing relentlessly for the use of ethanol in gasoline, lobbying Congress and the White House and rousing farmers. But only in the last few years, amid record-high oil prices and government mandates to use ethanol, has this clear, colorless fuel — a form of ethyl alcohol — finally begun to catch on, transforming it from a dream into almost a religion in the Midwestern states that produce corn.

As anyone who has taken Chem 101 knows, “ethyl alcohol” is the common name for “ethanol.” They are exactly the same chemical.

MAYBE SHE WAS AFRAID OF ALZHEIMER’S?

Filed on at 6:38 am under by dcobranchi

This is a pretty ugly lede:

Police have charged a home-schooling mother with providing pot and alcohol to her teen daughter and other neighborhood kids as young as 14.

The rest of the article really isn’t any better.

THE TRUTH, THE WHOLE TRUTH, AND NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH

Filed on October 7, 2006 at 7:22 pm under by dcobranchi

Scott Somerville has evidently forgotten what that means.

A REALLY OBNOXIOUS POLICY

Filed on at 6:09 pm under by dcobranchi

Typical one size fits all educratic “thinking” in this MA school district:

The School Committee has asked the administration to reconsider its policy that requires home-schooled students who wish to return to the Worcester public schools in high school to start with their freshman year.

…In one instance, a home-schooled boy who had tested at the college level in math was interested in coming back to high school, but decided not to after learning he would have to start with freshman algebra.

In the other, a home-schooled girl who moved to the area from Virginia was accidentally allowed to enroll at Doherty Memorial High School as a junior. She passed the 10th grade MCAS and qualified for the National Honor Society, but three-quarters of the way through the year, she was told she would have to stay at the school four years, Mrs. Casiello said. Instead, the girl dropped out of school and earned her GED.

This makes absolutely no sense. If the girl in the second example had transferred from any other school, public or private, in-state or out, she’d have been placed in the 11th grade with no questions asked. But because she was home educated, she’s automatically assumed to be at a freshman level. Dumb. Dumb. Dumb.

The only rationale I can see for this is to attempt to coerce HEKs to enroll for all four years of high school. After all, if there’s even a small chance that they’ll enroll sometime during the four years, it’d be much safter to do so in the 9th grade than to run the risk of having to repeat it all.

THE RESTAURANT AT THE END OF THE INTERNET

Filed on at 5:21 pm under by dcobranchi

Since Zaphod and I are evidently the only “people” in the entire galaxy who can access the page, I’ve made a copy for all y’all underprivileged folks.

Interestingly, I can only get to it from the computer that I’m typing on now. My laptop, running the exact same version of FF, can’t get there at all.

So without further ado– The End of the Internet.

BEYOND HERE, THERE BE DRAGONS

Filed on at 7:05 am under by dcobranchi

Here’s something I accidentally stumbled upon. Type “maps” into the browser bar. No .com or http or anything else.

You fall off the end of the internet.

HELP NEEDED

Filed on at 6:12 am under by dcobranchi


A good friend (and future home educator) is with the military in Kabul. Jason is working with the Al Fatah School for Girls there. 8,000 students attend a school with few books and even fewer consumables. Jason writes:

They mostly need basic school / office supplies like paper (notebooks, theme books, etc.), pens, whiteboards (dry erase) and markers, stuff like that. The US government is also rebuilding their bathroom and shower facilities, since currently they have one small building (more of an outhouse) being shared by 8000 students.

Sending money is not really an option, as there’d be no place to use that to purchase the supplies. So, they need real stuff. Can you help?

I have all of the relevant shipping info. Drop me a note is you’re interested in helping these young folks.

Another Late Book Report

Filed on October 6, 2006 at 9:35 pm under by dcobranchi

I love finding books that incidentally come to the conclusion that homeschooling is a good thing. Once again, I’m behind in my reading, since this isn’t a brand new book, but I recently picked up In Praise of Slowness: How a Worldwide Movement is Challenging the Cult of Speed by Carl Honoré, and found a several solid pages devoted to homeschooling. And I wasn’t even looking for homeschooling references!

Honoré notes that there are many positive reasons parents choose to homeschool, but specifically points out that “many see home-schooling (sic) as a way to free children from the tyranny of the timetable, to let them learn and live at their own pace. To let them be Slow. Even families that start off home-educating with a rigidly structured day usually end up taking a more fluid, freewheeling tack. On the spur of the moment, if the sun is shining, they might head off on a nature walk or to visit a museum. . . . Both parents and children report that the power to fix their own schedule, or choose their own tempo, helps to curb the hurry reflex.” (page 262).

Honoré has also managed to understand that homeschoolers who don’t begin with “political” or deeply philosophical views about homeschooling may develop these interests. He quotes Roland Meighan, whom he calls a “British expert on homeschooling” as saying, “Once people start asking questions about education, you find they start asking questions about everything – politics, the environment, work. . . .The genie is out of the bottle.” (page 263)

Homeschooling doesn’t mean kids will suffer socially or lag behind, says Honoré, and he follows with a nice anecdote about a thirteen-year old girl who enjoys the pace, fluid schedule, and flexibility of homeschooling. Then he segues into a passage expressing the need for children to play and enjoy unstructured time, which many homeschoolers themselves have found so important to their children’s development.

The homeschooling pages in In Praise of Slowness make up a small part of the book, which also covers the desirability of slow food, patient doctors, and a rather detailed treatment of the benefits of, um, the iconic Slow Hand. But homeschoolers will recognize the re-ordering of priorities that Honoré suggests throughout his book. As the book jacket says, “People are discovering energy and efficiency where we may have least expected – in slowing down.”

We get busy in our house, but homeschooling still leaves us room for Slow. Today our youngest son played barefoot in the grass in the pouring rain under Papa’s big green and white golf umbrella for an hour. He came in saying he was outside “feeling the seasons change.” My neighbors probably wouldn’t, but I know Honoré would approve.

Find Honoré’s website here to read more about the benefits of Slow.

BURN HER

Filed on at 3:32 pm under by dcobranchi

You’ll never guess the source of this statement:

I shall commit homeschool heresy by saying that, after watching [Jesus Camp], I am inclined to be in sympathy with Rob Reich and Michael Apple who both feel that ’society’ has as much of a claim on the forming of children’s personas as do parents.

Read more »

BUT PURISTS NEVER WIN

Filed on at 2:37 pm under by dcobranchi

Ryan at Edspresso (Still the best blog name ever!) pointed me to this TechCentralStation column on a proposed libertarian/Democratic Party alliance.

Thank you for your recent overture. Libertarians are not very good at accepting overtures. We tend to be purists, and there is much in your essay that violates my ideas of libertarianism.

This kind of nonsense is why I quit voting for the Libertarian Party.

Ryan has asked me to write a guest column on this topic at edpsresso.com, so I’ll keep my powder dry for now.

A BAD IDEA

Filed on at 7:04 am under by dcobranchi

that fortunately seems to be going nowhere.

Despite the happy talk press release, Homeschooling Family to Family, the ministry designed to help Christian homeschoolers recruit newbies, seems to be getting off to a slow start. Buried at the bottom of the press release:

During its first year, HFTF signed up representatives in 9 states, attended 7 major homeschool conventions, and held workshops in several states. With articles about HFTF appearing in every major homeschool magazine this year, Homeschooling Family to Family is connecting with homeschoolers as they begin to reach out to family and friends to advocate homeschooling.

Not exactly a rousing start. And I wonder what kind of article HEM ran on them. Helen? Valerie?

I have no problem with helping someone get started. Because of the blog, folks contact me on occasion, and I’m always willing to attempt to steer them in the right direction. But they’re already seeking out the information. Talking folks into it is another thing entirely:

Homeschooling Family to Family is a new bridge to homeschooling. We want to encourage seasoned home schoolers to bring at least one new family per year into homeschooling by reaching out to relatives and friends!

ONE FOR SCOTT

Filed on October 5, 2006 at 8:46 pm under by dcobranchi

This conference seems right up his (new) alley:

The Douglas County Home Education Conference will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Green Community Church, 3777 Carnes Road.

The day begins with a fundraising breakfast and also includes a used curriculum sale. Workshops include Beginning Homeschooling, Spelling and Geography Bee Preparation, Setting the Standard: Workshop for Homeschool Dads, Life After Graduation and Run the Race.

I’M NOT HIGH

Filed on at 8:43 pm under by dcobranchi

I’m just afraid of getting Alzheimers.

Good news for aging hippies: Smoking pot may stave off Alzheimer’s disease.

New research shows that the active ingredient in marijuana may prevent the progression of the disease by preserving levels of an important neurotransmitter that allows the brain to function.

Researchers at the Scripps Research Institute in California found that marijuana’s active ingredient, delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, can prevent the neurotransmitter acetylcholine from breaking down more effectively than commercially marketed drugs.

THC is also more effective at blocking clumps of protein that can inhibit memory and cognition in Alzheimer’s patients, the researchers reported in the journal Molecular Pharmaceutics.

CAN WE GET TO THE POINT?

Filed on at 6:44 am under by dcobranchi

Cal Thomas rambles on about the school shootings without really saying much of anything. His one recommendation is a total non-starter: tax-credits for homeschoolers. Unlike tax deductions for home education expenses, I’m not opposed to tax credits, per se. I just think there’s a zero percent chance that we’ll see them passed in any state. The community is too small and divided over the issue, and the oppositon too powerful and entrenched.

Tax credits are not worth spending energy and effort on.

THE JOHN ASHCROFT SCHOOL OF ART APPRECIATION

Filed on at 6:31 am under by dcobranchi

Is there something in the water down in TX that causes brain-death?

FRISCO, Texas — An award-winning Texas art teacher who was reprimanded after one of her fifth-grade students saw a nude sculpture during a trip to a museum has lost her job.

The school board in Frisco has voted not to renew Sydney McGee’s contract after 28 years. She has been on administrative leave.

…Parents raised concerns over the field trip after their children reported seeing a nude sculpture at the art museum.

Missionary position only. Lights out. 4th Saturday of every month.

SMALL WORLD

Filed on October 4, 2006 at 6:59 pm under by dcobranchi

My news scrape for homeschooling articles just found this piece about an organic farm in NC. Lydia and the kids were there just last week. It sounded like a pretty neat place.

HEAVY!

Filed on at 6:52 pm under by dcobranchi

The newest edition of Home Educator’s Family Times is up.

MAKE NO MISTAKE

Filed on at 6:48 pm under by dcobranchi

The big statewide group in NC is comprised of a bunch of spineless wimps. Holy Crap! This article manages to outdo HSLDA at its worst.

GOING AWAY PRESENT

Filed on at 6:35 am under by dcobranchi

Melissa Wiley has a nice post on her last day before moving.

HOW MANY MIKES DOES IT TAKE…

Filed on October 3, 2006 at 10:16 pm under by dcobranchi

to run HSLDA?

We traded a Scott for a Mike. Good luck, Scott. And, Mike, hope you’ve enjoyed your 3-day honeymoon. I’ll be back to blasting your new employer tomorrow.

CAN I BUM A NAIL?

Filed on at 8:45 pm under by dcobranchi

Homeschoolbuzz is hosting the CoH. Pretty cool.

NEW AD ——>

Filed on at 7:41 pm under by dcobranchi

Homeschool Hacks is PHAT mommy’s site. Show her some love, ‘kay?

UNBELIEVABLE!

Filed on at 9:52 am under by dcobranchi

Literally. Thanks, Jeanne.

SPELLING COUNTS

Filed on at 5:48 am under by dcobranchi

I had a minor problem with my Blockbuster.com account, so I sent them an email. At the end of the process they requested that I evaluate their customer service. I found this question rather unusual.

3) The response I received contained proper grammar, spelling, and sentence structure.

My guess is that they’ve outsourced customer support overseas.

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